Unit of competency details

ICPSP270C - Manually prepare and produce screen prints (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to ICPSCP270 - Manually prepare and produce screen printsUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages 25/Mar/2015
Supersedes and is equivalent to ICPSP270B - Manually prepare and produce screen printsNo change 04/Jul/2010

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 05/Jul/2010

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnUsage RecommendationRelease
ICP30512 - Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Printing)Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Printing)Superseded1-2 
ICP30510 - Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Printing)Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Printing)Superseded
ICP20510 - Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (Screen Printing)Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (Screen Printing)Superseded
ICP20110 - Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (General)Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (General)Superseded1-2 
ICP30412 - Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Digital Printing)Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Digital Printing)Superseded
ICP30410 - Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Digital Printing)Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Digital Printing)Superseded
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030103 Printing  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030103 Printing  05/Jul/2010 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to manually prepare and produce screen prints.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit requires the individual to produce a print on a range of common substrates, using fundamental manual screening techniques. This unit is required for long print runs which therefore involve a production process.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Identify job requirements

1.1. Material safety data sheets are used to identify safe chemical handling procedures

1.2. Substrate  is checked for conformance to job specifications  with any irregularities reported and/or rectified

1.3. Ink is checked for conformance to job specifications

1.4. Stencil is checked for conformance to job specifications

2. Prepare machine to print

2.1. Substrate position and stencil registration are adjusted according to job specifications

2.2. Ink is applied to the screen in the quantity required for the screen size

2.3. Equipment is kept clean and spillage is minimised

3. Produce proof print

3.1. Proof print is run off and checked for colour, strength, registration, adhesion, clarity, gloss level, drying /curing , artwork detail and other technical aspects according to job specifications

3.2. Adjustments are made according to product and machine specifications

3.3. Belt speed and energy required are set to achieve desired curing or drying properties

3.4. Appropriate approval  to commence production is sought prior to commencement

4. Run job and monitor print quality

4.1. Printing speed production is adjusted to maximise quality and output

4.2. Print quality is continuously evaluated and adjusted as required

4.3. Effects of ink alterations during run are monitored and any discrepancy is notified according to enterprise procedures

4.4. Workplace documentation  on job is completed as required

4.5. Curing and drying are constantly monitored and adjusted according to manufacturer's/ supplier's and job specifications

5. Carry out routine user maintenance

5.1. Equipment is cleaned according to enterprise procedures

5.2. Fault conditions are identified and reported according to enterprise procedures

6. Stack production output

6.1. Output is checked for thorough drying/curing before stacking

6.2. Job status and progress are checked for conformance to job specifications and any necessary action is taken

7. Conduct shutdown of the production process

7.1. Material is transferred to correct destination in a safe manner

7.2. Excess ink, screens, squeegees and flood coaters are removed and cleaned according to OHS requirements and manufacturer's/supplier's specifications

7.3. Waste materials and chemicals are disposed of according to manufacturer's/supplier's specifications, regulatory requirements and enterprise procedures

7.4. Equipment and surrounding areas are cleaned according to manufacturer's/supplier's specifications

7.5. Tools and equipment are identified, stored and maintained according to manufacturer's specifications to ensure ease of access and operator safety

7.6. The correct procedure for dealing with spilt chemicals is demonstrated according to OHS requirements

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • OHS in relation to operating machinery such as safely switching off machinery before cleaning is started
  • communication of ideas and information by seeking appropriate approval to commence production prior to commencement
  • collecting, analysing and organising information by running off and checking the proof for various aspects according to the job specifications
  • planning and organising activities by continuously evaluating and adjusting print quality
  • teamwork when maintaining the production process in association with others
  • mathematical ideas and techniques by making adjustments according to product and machine specifications
  • problem-solving skills by undertaking the correct procedure for dealing with spilt chemicals
  • use of technology by using manual screen printing equipment

Required knowledge 

  • information that can be gained from material data safety sheets
  • the need to check the substrate for conformance to the job specifications
  • action required if the ink did not comply with the job specifications
  • compliance checks that are made with the stencil
  • limitations that you have when setting the substrate position
  • the result if too much ink were applied to the screen
  • the need to keep equipment clean
  • OHS concerns that are there when producing a manual print
  • checks to be made on the printed sheet when the proof print has been run off
  • the drying/curing system to be used for this application
  • product and machine specifications
  • the result if the belt speed was too high
  • the need to obtain final approval before commencing the production run
  • aspects of the print that are evaluated during printing
  • the need to make ink alterations during the run
  • the workplace documentation action when the print run is completed
  • OHS concerns that are there in relationship to drying/curing systems?
  • maintenance that should be carried out on this machine
  • the importance of reporting any faulty equipment
  • how do you determine whether a print is dried/cured prior to stacking?
  • what would be the result of stacking while the ink film is still wet?
  • what action may be necessary if problems occur with job progress?
  • identifying the job's destination when you have completed the run
  • the result of not keeping screens and squeegees clean
  • the result of not following correct procedures when disposing of liquid waste
  • the result of not keeping equipment and surrounding areas clean
  • manuals, safety and other documentation that are relevant to this task and where are they kept
  • informationthat is included in these documents

Evidence Guide


The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the following is essential:

  • set up screen printing machinery and produce a print that meets job specifications on a range of common substrates, using fundamental manual screening techniques
  • for valid and reliable assessment of this unit, evidence should be gathered over a period of time through a range of methods for assessment to indicate consistent performance
  • evidence for assessment may be gathered from assessment of the unit of competency alone or through an integrated assessment activity.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • assessment may take place on the job, off the job or a combination of both of these. Off the job assessment must be undertaken in a closely replicated workplace environment
  • manual screen printing equipment.

Method of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate.

Guidance information for assessment 

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Substrate  may include:

  • material or substance that will hold an image.

Job specifications  may include:

  • job sheets, work tickets or processing orders.

Drying /curing  may include:

  • manual drying systems commonly used in specific industry sections.

Appropriate approval  may include:

  • client approval sought or enterprise approval from supervising personnel.

Workplace documentation  may include:

  • enterprise procedural documents.

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Competency field

Competency field 

Screen Printing

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units