Program Objectives

The vocational training program Printing prepares students for the trade or occupation of specialized offset press operator or screen press operator.

Specialized offset press operators or screen press operators work on various types of machines including duplicators, multicolour sheet-fed offset presses and screen print presses. Their tasks cover all aspects of the industrial production of printed materials, such as press setup; plate, paper, ink and dampening solution preparation; trimming and finishing work.

Computerized technologies are integrated into the workplace. Specialized offset press operators and screen press operators must configure control systems, analyze data, process information and set printing parameters.

Program Content

Code Statement of Competency Hours Credits
983-011 Determine their suitability for the occupation and the training process 15 1
983-021 Apply health and safety rules in a printshop 15 1
983-033 Adjust and maintain a duplicator and offset press 45 3
983-048 Print text documents using a duplicator 120 8
983-055 Perform trimming and finishing work 75 5
983-064 Prepare inks and plates for offset printing 60 4
983-074 Apply quality control procedures for offset printing and screen printing 60 4
983-083 Print perforated and numbered jobs using a duplicator 45 3
983-096 Use tints and halftones in duplicator printing 90 6
983-106 Print jobs in two colours simultaneously using a duplicator 90 6
983-116 Print polychromatic jobs using a screen printing press 90 6
983-126 Print four-colour jobs using a screen printing press 90 6
983-136 Print four-colour jobs using a duplicator 90 6
983-145 Print solids using a duplicator 75 5
983-152 Apply job-search techniques 30 2
983-168 Print polychromatic jobs and jobs involving solids in 14x20 inch format using a computerized offset press and two-colour press 120 8
983-178 Print four-colour jobs in 14x20 inch format using a computerized offset press and two-colour press 120 8
983-188 Integrate into the workplace 120 8
1350 90

Admission Conditions and Prerequisites

To be eligible for admission to this program, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:

Persons holding a Secondary School Diploma or its recognized equivalent, for example, an Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary V studies, or a postsecondary diploma such as the Diploma of College Studies or a Bachelor's degree
Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their training is to begin and have earned the Secondary IV credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister, or have been granted recognition for equivalent learning
Persons who are at least 18 years of age upon entry into the program and have the following functional prerequisites: the successful completion of the General Development Test (see the following table), or recognition of equivalent learning
Persons who have obtained Secondary III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister are required to pursue general education courses, concurrently with their vocational training, in order to obtain the Secondary IV credits they lack in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister.

Functional Prerequisites

A person who has reached the age of 18 can be admitted to a program of study leading to a Diploma of vocational studies (DVS) based on functional prerequisites. These prerequisites, in place for those aged at least 18 years at the start date declared for the vocational training program, are: successful completion of the general development test (GDT) and obtaining and passing the tests relative to the specific prerequisites in the language of instruction and mathematics, if applicable.

This table indicates the new course codes for common core basic education (CCBE) and diversified basic education (DBE) required for the specific prerequisites in language of instruction and mathematics for the targeted program of study. In the cases where the new course codes for the CCBE and the DBE are in progressive implementation, the old codes are indicated in parenthesis and are still valid. The equivalent course codes in basic education in the youth sector are also indicated in the table. When a DVS does not require any specific prerequisites in language of instruction or in mathematics, a (-) will be displayed in the appropriate field. Please note that the functional prerequisites do not apply to attestation of vocational specialty (AVS) programs.

Specific Prerequisites

Language of instructionSecond languageMathematics
ENG-3101-1 et ENG-3102-2 ou (ENG-3070-3)632-306 ou (630-316)----

Educational Organizations Offering the Program



Places available
Admission by waiting list
Course full
English-Montréal SB
Vocational Training Centre Group Status D/E Start Date
Rosemount Technology Centre/Centre de technologie Rosemont PR1-S24 D To be determined

Commercial Press Operator

Commercial press operators, also known as press operators, carry out press runs on different formats of paper and fabrics. They prepare plates, paper, ink and damping solutions and perform finishing tasks. They set up duplicators, offset presses and silk screen equipment. This is a job for meticulous people who can distinguish colors well and have good observation skills. A career as a commercial press operator requires good stress management and attention to detail.

Related Training(s)

Illustration and Animation

Average Salary

Commercial Press Operator — $19.20

Job Titles

Screen printing machine operator – printing
Press operator – printing

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