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Small Offset Printers set up and operate small offset printing presses used in instant print shops or for in-house printing.


  • prepares plates, blankets and impression cylinders on small offset lithographic printing presses
  • loads paper into feeding mechanisms
  • monitors machine operations and quality of printing
  • undertakes maintenance, adjustments, repair and cleaning of machines
  • produces and manages digital print images, and transferring and outputting images
  • may set up and operate paper and bookbinding guillotines.

To become a Small Offset Printer

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

    Find a Certificate in Printing and Graphic Arts

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