Print

If you enjoy getting creative, working with technology and producing a useful product, a career in the printing industry could suit you

Employers

What do we offer

We partner with your industry association PrintNZ and members of your industry to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry and identifying potential apprentices and encouraging work placements.

We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like the annual PrintNZ conference and celebrate your learners’ success, including as a joint venture partner in the annual Print Industry Apprentice of the Year Award. 

When apprentices enrol, we assign them a Competenz training advisor. Our training advisors understand the printing industry and the skills learners and businesses need

National qualifications

Competenz offers training programmes and apprenticeships to achieve a range of qualifications to that support various printing disciplines and processes.

The New Zealand Certificate in Print is available at Level 3 and Level 4. Apprenticeships for printing include the completion of both levels. Other options include completing just one National Certificate or a limited credit training program to suit your particular needs. Specialisations within these qualifications include:

  • Sheet Fed Offset Printing 
  • Reel Fed Printing 
  • Screen Printing (Flat Sheet / Fabric / Formed Shapes) 
  • Dry Offset 
  • Digital Processes for Print 
  • Pad Printing 
  • Direct Mail

NZQA qualification overview for Level 3 

NZQA qualification overview for Level 4

New Zealand Certificates in Binding & Finishing are available at Level 3 and Level 4. Apprenticeships for binding and finishing include the completion of both levels. Other options include completing just one National Certificate or limited credit training program to suit your particular needs. Specialisations within these certificates include:

  • Folder Operation 
  • Guillotine Operation 
  • Hand Bookbinding 
  • Machine Bookbinding 
  • Print Finishing (Reel Fed / Sheet Fed 

Study Programme

Most of the learning for printing and binding and finishing qualifications is completed on the job. Depending on the area of training selected there may be the requirement to attend a short course. Your account manager will advise you on these as necessary.

NZQA qualification overview for Level 3

NZQA qualification overview for Level 4

The Level 5 Diploma in Management – Print is a great way to advance your career in the print industry. 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.

This diploma has been designed with flexibility, understanding you already have busy jobs. It is also challenging. Like stepping into a management role, the diploma is a step up from apprenticeships you may have done in the past.

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. You may be able to have previous study cross-credited to this qualification.

Study Programme 

Most of the learning for printing and binding and finishing qualifications is completed on the job. Depending on the area of training selected there may be the requirement to attend a short course. Your account manager will advise you on these as necessary.

NZQA qualification overview