Creative Industries

ICP31415 Certificate III in Print Communications

ICP31415 Certificate III in Print Communications is an online, external course offered by the Creative Industries team in Launceston, Tasmania. The course covers the fundamentals of design and typography using common pre-press tasks to give you the opportunity to acquire accredited and industry relevant skills using the latest industry-specific graphics software, such as Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat Pro.  Course notes and project briefs are available via the TasTAFE Creative Industries online portal giving you the freedom to study at a time convenient to you. The course is coordinated and assessed by a qualified trainer with appropriate industry skills and experience to assist you for the duration of the course. Once you have enrolled with us, you will have access to all TasTAFE student resources (including the library collection and computer lab access) to help you successfully complete the course. This qualification would suit:

  • Senior secondary college students,
  • mature age career changers,
  • apprentices/trainees & people up-skilling and multi-skilling for improved job opportunities who have met the suitability requirements for this level of qualification and learning style.

Career Opportunities

  • CUA40715 Certificate IV in Design
  • CUA50715 Diploma of Graphic Design
  • CUA31015 Certificate III in Screen and Media
    This course will also provide graduates with entry-level skills suitable for pursuing a career in the interactive digital media industry.
  • ICT40315  Certificate IV in Web-based Technologies
    The course develops your creative and technical skills so that you are able to solve real life design problems. The course can also lead to further studies at a Diploma level.

This qualification is also offered as an Apprenticeship.

For more information and advice on all aspects of Australian Apprenticeships, contact your local Apprenticeship Network provider or call the Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73. Apprenticeship Network providers are contracted by the Australian Government to provide free Australian Apprenticeships support services to apprentices and employers.

Dates and Times


  • Next Intake:  4 February 2019
  • Duration:  1 year program – requires 16 to 20 hours active participation per week
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Prior to your interview you will need to complete the following ‘Interview Tool’:

As there is a high demand for places in this course, your progress and participation is closely monitored. If you appear to be having difficulties meeting your commitments and prescribed deadlines, you will receive a letter advising you of withdrawal from the course. If this is due to illness or other issues, and can provide a medical certificate, or some other evidence, please inform your online coordinator.

Learning Options

You will be provided with a range of pre-press projects to help you to acquire the skills and knowledge required to complete a cluster of relevant competencies.

What is your learning style? VARK is an online guide to learning styles (Visual, Aural, Read/Write and Kinaesthetic). Go to to complete an online questionnaire, which is totally confidential, to determine your type of learning style. This will determine whether online study is for you.

Is online study right for me? One of the major advantages of online courses is that you can study anywhere. While classroom-based courses are often only found in major cities, online courses are open to anyone – no matter where you live. Taking study out of the classroom also means that you are not tied to rigid timetables. As an online student, you can study when it best suits you.

Support when you need it – Coordinators are available by phone or email, answering any question you might have regarding course work, changes to enrolment, access to student services and study resources and more. Help is never far away. TasTAFE has extensive support services for students who experience difficulties with their course or having personal problems and require support.

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Assessment Process

Throughout all assessments Occupational Health and Safety procedures must be followed.

  • Assessment takes place throughout the course
  • Individual assessments include checklists, visual diaries, portfolios / evidence folders, assignments, research question and answer tasks and activity in class presentations on subjects relating to the course


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Resources and Equipment

Students wishing to access the resources online in the Certificate III will need access to an entry-level computer equipped with the following:

  • Windows/ Macintosh
  • Internet access
  • Latest web browser (recommend Chrome or Firefox for Win/Mac)
  • Apple QuickTime
  • Flash Player
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Windows Media Player.

Off-campus computer hardware, software and Internet access are the responsibility of the student. Examples of industry relevant software used within this course are listed below. It should be noted that you should have access to the internet as well as the software programs if you wish to undertake the course. Students are required to have access to the following software in order to undertake this course:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional

If students wish to purchase any software used within the Certificate III, academic versions are usually available at a greatly reduced cost. There are many academic software providers in Australia, just speak to your teacher if you require some advice. 

Fees and Payments

Tasmanian Residents Normal course fees and conditions apply.  Fees to be confirmed
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Interstate Students This course is also available to interstate students at a commercial cost.  Fees to be confirmed


There are no formal pre-requisites for this course, however, within Certificate III in Media you will use a wide-range of software tools and it is recommended that, at a minimum, you have a working knowledge of the following:

  • Basic computer skills – creating, saving, storing files
  • Email and internet skills
  • Confidence with a computer
  • Completion of Year 10 or equivalent
  • Access to internet
  • Access to appropriate computer (refer to the Resources and Equipment section)
  • Access to relevant software (refer to the Resources and Equipment section)

Candidates may enter the qualification with limited or no vocational experience and without a relevant lower level qualification. This course is an entry point for any enthusiastic person keen to find a career in the graphic arts industry.

Qualification Requirements

To successfully complete this qualification you need 4 core (listed below) and 17 electives. Contact the Team for a full list of electives.  We frequently meet and work in partnership with a wide range of industry representatives and services to review our training and assessment strategies to ensure that our courses reflect current industry practices and provide participants with skills that are highly valued by employers.


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