Print Finisher

If you enjoy getting creative, working with technology and producing a useful product, a career in the printing industry could suit you.

Career information 

20140725 Competenz PMP 235

What do they do?

Print finishers use a range of hand and machine skills to put the finishing touches on a printed product including gluing, stapling, folding, embossing and gold foiling. They can also assist with troubleshooting, production planning and estimating.

20140725 Competenz PMP 089

A typical day

Typically, an eight-hour day. Printing finishers prepare job components and equipment to complete print finishing, machine bookbinding or hand bookbinding and maintain quality control throughout production.

20140725 Competenz PMP 064

How to become a print finisher?

You learn to be a print finisher on-the-job and gain qualifications to support your skills and experience. 

     Sound like you?

Study areas
Helpful experience
Preferred work environments
  • Science or Workshop Technology
  • Creative Arts (Visual/ Textiles/Graphics)
  • Computing/ICT/Information Management
  • Strong eye for detail
  • Good literacy and numeracy
  • Confidence with IT, computers, technology
  • Good initiative/ 'can do' attitude
  • Analysing, researching or problem-solving
  • Making or fixing things
  • Working with machinery
  • Working with computers
  • Inside (workshop or plant)
  • One place every day

Career pathway

Entry level jobs
Advancing jobs
Senior jobs

Ideally, NCEA Level 2 passes in:

  • Maths, English, Visual Arts, Technology, Computing or Graphics
  • Printing Production (Digital Processes, Screen, Sheet Fed, Reel Fed, Pad Printing, Binding and Finishing)
  • Print Finishing
  • Bindery Operator
  • Guillotine Operator
  • Folding Operator
  • Gluer Operator
  • Collator
  • Team Leader
  • Production Planner
  • Business Manager
  • Operations manager
  • Business Owner
 Unit/Achievement standards in schoolsApprenticeshipHigher learningHigher learning