Qualifications

PrintNZ Training offers a wide range of training programmes, from introductory training to full apprenticeship programmes and many options in between.

Our employer training guide 'Skills for your Workplace' outlines the different training available or email us for a hard copy.

We can work with your company to provide on-job training that suits the needs of your workplace.

As well as offering qualifications for the printing and packaging industries, we also provide or facilitate training in other areas such as customer service, OSH, First Aid and forklift driving. Visit our Other Training page for more information.

Contact us today to discuss the training needs of your staff - phone 0800 654 455.

Design > File Preparation > Digital > Digital Printing

The Digital Processes for Print training programmes are ideal for people working in digital printing, design, file preparation (pre-press), screen printing, sign-making, large format and advertising layout. Download the Digital training leaflet here.

National Certificate qualifications are available at Level 3 and 4 (apprenticeship level) of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

Introductory training options are also available. These cover safety in the workplace, knowledge about printing, finishing, copyright and confidentiality, and the basics of the digital printing industry.

People can staircase through the qualifications by completing the Level 3 qualification before signing on to the Level 4 qualification.

The Level 3 and 4 programmes comprise compulsory modules plus a wide range of options to best suit the individual's role and the services your business provides.

The modules currently include:
Design > File Preparaton > Imaging
  • Create simple jobs using digital processes for print
    This is the entry level unit for design and typography for single page jobs. This is an introductory unit (a pathway) for those with no previous design experience and who wish to move on to unit standard 27883. It includes basic design principles and basic typography principles. It only requires simple four colour process or single colour jobs.
  • Create and design multipage documents digitally for printing
    This unit standard is ideal for full time graphic designers in the print industry.You will learn to produce briefs and design documents for jobs; create and design documents digitally to meet job requirements; proof and save documents, make corrections and print jobs in accordance with workplace practices.
  • Vector and raster illustrations
    Learn how to draw vector and raster illustrations to meet the job requirements. Learn knowledge of illustrative techniques and the use of software to reproduce the techniques in electronic files as vector images.  
  • Digital photography
    Download and manipulate images, open and print images saved on a digital camera. Learn knowledge of digital photography for digital processes, and maintain and configure a digital camera.
  • Digital imaging
    Learn how to select, source, and download images to meet the job requirements. Create and manipulate digitised images; and edit, save and print images to meet the job requirements.
  • Variable data
    Check job documentation and prepare machine and files for printing dynamic documents with variable data. Print documents to meet job requirements, undertake print finishing tasks and prepare jobs for dispatch. 
  • Advanced typography
    Learn knowledge of the structure, history and use of typefaces, how typefaces are used in branding and design a logotype with a recognisable New Zealand influence for a New Zealand company. Produce a style guide for the logotype's use.
  • Prepare and present digital files for printing
    This unit standard is aimed at anyone in any industry preparing files for any printing process. It includes pre-flight for both source files and printing PDFs and presenting digital files to meet printing press requirements.
  • Colour management - theory
    Learn about colour models, gamuts, spaces and profiles. How colour is perceived and ICC profiles. Measuring colour for printing.
  • Colour management - advanced
    Learn how to create and apply profiles for equipment and optimise software settings. Test and adjust colour profiles and settings in accordance with workplace practices to ensure a good colour match. Analyse the working environment for light and the viewing of colour. Level 5.
  • Solve problems on customer supplied files
    Learn about problems and gain knowledge of solutions to common problems. Identify, analyse, and solve problems found on customer supplied files.
  • Generate basic imposition schemes
    You will learn how to generate basic imposition schemes to meet press and job requirements, impose pages to meet job requirements.

Digital printing

  • Produce jobs on a digital press
    You will learn how to work with a customer to determine and understand job requirements, set up a digital press to produce jobs, produce jobs on a digital press and undertake post press tasks in accordance with workplace practices.
  • Digital printing of client files
    Check electronic files for problems, prepare machine(s) for print, assemble job requirements, run the job, undertake print finishing tasks and prepare the job for dispatch.  
  • Large format printing
    Learn knowledge of a wide range of media used in large format digital printing and the range of inks used in large format inkjet printers. Maintain the printer and the surrounding environment to ensure suitability for printing and print large format graphics using a range of different media to meet customer specifications.

Finishing

  • Finish digital printing in a retail environment
    Identify, set up, and operate stand-alone finishing equipment in a retail digital print environment and prepare jobs for dispatch.  
  • Finishing for large format printing
    Learn knowledge of a wide range of finishes used in large format digital printing, and use finishing techniques and materials with large format digital printing.

Industry knowledge

  • Industry knowledge - digital
    Learn about the operation of a digital printer, colour theory and use of colour terms. Learn about halftones, substrates, vocabulary and quality control procedures in the digital printing environment, packing and dispatch.
  • Industry knowledge - digital advanced
    Learn about the characteristics of substrates used in digital printing that affect the product, factors that determine the choice of digital print production process to meet customer requirements, the basics of the GS1 bar coding system and requirements for product bar coding tolerances. Research change in the digital print industry and demonstrate knowledge of the use of colour profiles in the printing processes.

Other

  • Customer service
    Learn how to write business correspondence for the workplace, answer customer queries by email, mail or fax in different contexts, personal presentation in the workplace, customer service in given situations, techniques for different client behaviour.
  • Business and quality principles
    Gain an understanding of the purpose and functioning of a print company, knowledge of the factors contributing to production costs, the main components and factors involved in costing and estimating. Production planning principles, observe quality control methods and use reference material to ensure procedures are followed and required standards are met. Knowledge of environmental management practices and of supervisory skills.
  • Safety - digital
    Learn about statutory rights and responsibilities, knowledge of, and how to comply with, safety requirements. Emergency and evacuation procedures, and fire emergency procedures, how to observe good work practices and demonstrate knowledge of ergonomic principles for the safe operation of a computer system.
  • Maintenance
    Learn how to inspect and maintain the various systems of the machine and associated equipment. Follow a preventive maintenance programme.

The ITO provides training workbooks, advice and support, monitors progress, arranges assessment and sends out certificates.

More information

Download the CMITO Digital Training leaflet

Download a CMITO Training Agreement Form to sign up a new trainee or apprentice.

Contact CMITO to discuss your training requirements on 0800 654 455.

Hear from a digital apprentice

“I fully support on-the-job training as a great way to learn. It combines real-world experience with learning and allows you to develop good customer relationships and a feel for deadlines from day one and that isn’t always possible in a purely classroom environment.”

Nicky Hambrook, Sycamore Print

Printing: Sheet-fed > Reel-fed > Screen > Pad

Qualifications are available for the areas of commercial/sheet-fed printing, reel-fed printing, screen printing and pad printing.

Please refer to the Design > Prepress > Digital section for information about file preparation and digital printing.

Sheet-fed Printing

A range of training programmes and apprenticeships are available for Sheet-fed offset printers.

The programmes are available at Levels 2, 3 and 4 of the National Qualifications Framework and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the workplace.

The general skills taught in this programme include:

  • Safety
  • Trade knowledge including main production processes, technology developments, halftones, colour theory, static electricity and relative humidity.
  • Printing including impositions, machine preparation, single colour, multi-colour and four colour processes and washup.
  • Trade calculations
  • Preparing and handling substrates
  • Maintenance
  • Business and quality principles.

Reel-fed Printing

Reel-fed printing training programmes are available at Levels 2, 3 and 4 of the National Qualifications Framework and as a full apprenticeship or specifically tailored training packages.

This training is suitable for people working in Offset, Letterpress, Gravure and Flexographic printing.

The general skills involved in the apprenticeship programme include:

  • Safety
  • Trade knowledge including colour theory, measurements, processes and capabilities, technology developments and bar code printing
  • Printing including machinery preparation and care, files and prints, single, multi-colour and four colour processes and washup
  • Trade calculations
  • Preparing and handling substrates
  • Maintenance
  • Business and quality principles.

Screen Printing

Three apprenticeship programmes are available for the Screen Printing sector - Flat Sheet, Fabric (panel) and Formed Shapes.

Level 2 and 3 training programmes are also available, and additional units are also available through our Digital Processes training programmes.

The general skills taught in this programme include:

  • Safety
  • Using stencils and screens
  • Preparing and handling substrates
  • Maintenance
  • Printing including single colour, multi-colour and four colour processes
  • Trade calculation
  • Trade knowledge
  • Business and quality principles.

Pad Printing

Different options are available to suit the needs of your company and staff.

PrintNZ Training offers a National Certificate in Pad Printing (Level 3), comprising 54 credits. A limited Starter programme of 20 credits is also available, as is an Advanced Production option, worth 40 credits.

Skills included in the training programmes include:

  • Safety
  • Colour and ink knowledge
  • Substrates
  • Problem solving
  • Introductory knowledge
  • Machinery and equipment
  • Business and quality principles.

More information on the areas above:

Download a copy of the CMITO Training Profile guide

Download a CMITO Training Agreement Form to sign up a new trainee or apprentice.

Contact CMITO to discuss your training requirements on 0800 654 455.

Print Finishing > Binding & Finishing

There are three Level 4 apprenticeship programmes available in this sector.

These are:

  • Machine Bookbinding,
  • Hand Bookbinding
  • Print Finishing, which includes different unit standards for Sheet-fed and Reel-fed processes.

National Certificate programmes are also available at Levels 2 and 3.

Skills in these programmes include:

  • Safety
  • Industry knowledge
  • Substrates
  • Trade calculations
  • Business and quality principles
  • Hand skills such as wire stitching, packaging and dispatch
  • Guillotine operation skills
  • Hand bookbinding skills such as sewing, manual blocking, repair and re-bind.

The full apprenticeship programme for the Binding and Finishing sector takes around three and a half years to complete, but an apprentice or a trainee can complete sooner if they pass all the required assessments. 

More information

Download a copy of the CMITO Training Profile guide

Download a CMITO Training Agreement Form to sign up a new trainee or apprentice.

Contact CMITO to discuss your training requirements on 0800 654 455.

Fibreboard Packaging

Full apprenticeship programmes or specifically tailored training packages are available for the Fibreboard Packaging sector.

Programmes are available in Corrugated Board Manufacture, Gluing, Diecutting, Diemaking and Printing.

The general skills involved in the apprenticeship programme include:

  • Safety
  • Trade knowledge including machine design, colour terms, workflow and warehousing
  • Maintenance
  • Trade calculations
  • Business and quality principles
  • Quality practices and environment.

Training programmes are available at Level 2, 3 and 4 of the National Qualifications Framework.

More information

Download a copy of the CMITO Training Profile guide

Download a CMITO Training Agreement Form to sign up a new trainee or apprentice.

Contact CMITO to discuss your training requirements on 0800 654 455.

Supervisor/Team Leader Training (First Line Management) >> NEW!

Ensure your team leaders have the knowledge and skills to effectively lead their team with CMITO’s National Certificate in First Line Management (Level 3).  

Download the information leaflet here.

This programme is designed to develop people working in a supervisory or team leadership role. It will reinforce and formalise the skills of leaders who may not have had formal training in this area.

It will also provide a foundation of knowledge for staff you have identified as having leadership potential.   

CMITO is pleased to offer this qualification in partnership with The Open Polytechnic.

Learners are provided with training material and complete online assessment through The Open Polytechnic. Learners are fully supported throughout their study by experienced tutors.

CMITO registers learners, provides subsidised fees and sends out the National Certificate upon completion of the study.

This programme covers:

  • Effective communication skills
  • The importance of teamwork in the workplace
  • Team dynamics and relationships
  • Team building skills and knowledge
  • Leading and contributing within a team
  • Leadership knowledge
  • Performance management
  • Meeting business outcomes
  • Problem solving and techniques

This qualification takes eight months to complete. It costs $300 per person plus GST. 

More information

Download a CMITO Training Agreement Form to sign up.

Contact CMITO today - phone 0800 654 455.

Print Management

The Level 5 Diploma in Management - Print is a great way to advance your career in the print or packaging industries.

If you already work or are planning to work in production, administration, sales or management, this is the ideal way to advance your knowledge, skills and qualifications for the present and future.

The Diploma in Management - Print is a flexible qualification, providing several options depending on whether you wish to complete just a few papers, or the full Diploma qualification. There are three steps to completing the Diploma:

  • Level 4 National Certificate
  • Level 5 National Certificate
  • Level 5 Diploma in Management - Print

You may be able to have previous study cross-credited to these qualifications.

Choose from the following modules:

  • Production processes and technology (compulsory):
    Learn about the industry as a whole including equipment and technology in use and the production processes used to produce print items to meet customer requirements.
  • Costing and finance for print
    Learn most of the financial skills you will need in the print industry. This includes different calculations involved in costing a job, quoting and the financial side of running a business. 
  • Environment management
    Learn about environmental management programmes in use in the print industry. Learn how to develop, implement and evaluate the issues relating to an environmental management programme. 
  • Procurement management
    Learn what your clients are looking for when purchasing print and what decisions you need to make when purchasing supplies or equipment.
  • Quality management
    Learn the fundamentals of a quality management system (QMS) including the theory and practical applications of quality management.
  • Production planning
    Learn about production planning and process control and put your knowledge into practical use.

The ITO provides training workbooks, advice and support, monitors progress, arranges assessment and sends out certificates.

Hear from a diploma trainee

"This Diploma filled in a lot of knowledge gaps that I had. There were so many things I always wondered about – how does that get done, how does that work? Now I can honestly say that I have a much better understanding of not only Color Communications as a business, but also of the Print Industry as a whole."

Sheri Kleingeld, Color Communications

More information

Download the Diploma in Management - Print brochure
Download the Diploma in Management - Print application form

Talk to PrintNZ Training to discuss which option would suit you best - phone 0800 654 455.

Competitive > Lean Manufacturing

Competitive Manufacturing provides the skills to implement modern manufacturing techniques required to sustain industry performance.

Competitive Manufacturing provides the skills to implement modern manufacturing techniques required to sustain industry performance.

Delivered in the workplace, the focus of this training programme is on improving outcomes on the job. Units can be tailored to suit the needs of individual businesses.

Training programmes are available at Levels 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the National Qualifications Framework, including a Level 4 Facilitation Strand in First Line Management, Delivery of Adult Education and Training, Assessment of Learning, Interpersonal Communications or Competitive Manufacturing. The Level 5 qualification is a diploma training programme.

Skills included in the training programmes include:

  • Applying competitive manufacturing practice
  • Sustaining process improvement
  • Managing the impact of change on work
  • Interpreting product costs
  • Undertaking root cause analysis.

More information

Download a copy of the CMITO Training Profile guide

Download a CMITO Training Agreement Form to sign up a new trainee or apprentice.

Contact CMITO to discuss your training requirements on 0800 654 455.

Sales

Sales people need a wide range of skills and knowledge to build and maintain important client relationships, generate new business and promote services on offer.

The Sales qualifications offered through CMITO will boost the impact of your sales team – download the Sales leaflet here.

National Certificates in Sales are ideal for sales people working in the print, packaging, media or signmaking industries.

The qualifications cover all aspects of sales including:

  • Target markets, buyer behavior & the marketing mix
  • Sales skills and tools
  • Customer focused business relationships
  • Communicating product information
  • Negotiation skills
  • Managing a sales territory

The National Certificate qualification is available at Levels 3 & 4, with the completion times expected to be between 12 to 18 months depending on the option chosen.

Trainees begin their training with some elective options, which provide skills such as leading a team and communicating in the workplace. Trainees progress through the qualification by completing modules which are sent in to CMITO to be assessed.

Please contact us for information on fees.

More information

Download a CMITO Training Agreement Form to sign up.

Contact CMITO today to discuss the on-job sales training - phone 0800 654 455.

Business Administration & Computing (Business Skills)

The Business Skills qualification has been developed for people working in the areas of business administration or data processing.

It is suitable for people working in an office environment or those carrying out data input or processing in any area of a business.

Download a Business Skills leaflet here

The National Certificate qualification at Level 2 covers different aspects of business administration including:

  • Standard operating procedures in a company
  • Computer skills
  • Administrative skills
  • Communication skills
  • Working in a team environment

The qualification takes 12 months to complete. Upon completion, further training is available in the areas of team building and team leadership.

The qualification has been developed to meet industry demand for workplace training in this area and has been successfully piloted in one of our companies.

It is ideal for people beginning their career and/or wanting to gain a formal qualification.

Please contact us for details about fees.

More information

Download a CMITO Training Agreement Form to sign up.

Contact CMITO today to discuss your training requirements - phone 0800 654 455.