Print Finisher

Binds books and other publications, and finishes printed products by hand or machine.
Training time 3 years
Average pay $49,486
Employment prospects Moderate
Employment size 500

What does a Print Finisher do?

  • setting up and supervising the operation of automatic binding and finishing equipment
  • binding full, half and limp-bound books, and repairing bindings
  • folding, collating and sewing signatures by machine and hand
  • operating paper guillotines for pre-press and post-press paper cutting and trimming, and programming electronically operated units
  • operating systems to insert printed material into newspapers, magazines and envelopes
  • embellishing printed products automatically and manually
  • operating photographic and electronic reproduction devices
  • preparing stencils using computer and hand-cut methods
  • selecting, mixing and matching coloured inks and loading into screen printing presses


  • Mailhouse Operator
  • Paper Guillotine Operator (Bookbinding)

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate III in Print Manufacturing