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Print Finishers bind books and other publications, and finish printed products by hand or machine.


  • sets up and supervises the operation of automatic binding and finishing equipment
  • binds full, half and limp-bound books, and repairs bindings
  • folds, collates and sews signatures by machine and hand
  • operates paper guillotines for pre-press and post-press paper cutting and trimming, and programmes electronically-operated units
  • operates systems to insert printed material into newspapers, magazines and envelopes
  • embellishes printed products automatically and manually.

To become a Print Finisher

  • You can work as a Print Finisher without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate III or IV in print manufacturing or printing and graphic arts is usually required. These courses are often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

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