What is a Photo-lithographer?

Photo-lithographers work in the printing industry.  They are often known as Prepress Technicians.

Photo-lithographers are responsible for most of the work which occurs between the designer sending it to the printer and it finally being printed on the printing press.

What does a Photo-lithographer do?

  • receives design files from the designer or design agency
  • examines and checks that every area of the design is ‘print ready’
  • examines the photos or images in design to make sure they are of good enough quality
  • operates various high-tech equipment:  scanners, laser plate makers,  etc
  • makes minor changes to artwork if required
  • checks plates for any defects before going to print
  • is in charge of ‘proofs’ – the colour samples that designers check before big print runs are scheduled

Are you . . . ?

  • interested in the printing industry?
  • slightly creative?
  • organised?
  • reliable?
  • deadline driven?
  • good under pressure?
  • a good communicator?
  • a person with an eye for detail?

How do I become a Photo-lithographer?

One of the ways you can become a Printing Minder is to contact:


Each PIFSA course is broken into 3 sections:  TT1, TT2 and TT3. The duration of each TT modules is 4 weeks (20 days) and 3 days of examinations.

A minimum of 3 trainees will be required (per Trade) for a Photo-lithography course to commence.

Should there be less than 3 individuals, they will be advised to enrol for Distance Learning (Correspondence).

Please contact your local branch for further information. 

See link for contact details:


You could get a job in a printing company then, if you show that you’re hard working and ambitious, the printing company may send you for training . . . AND pay for it too!  It’s up to you to show some passion and dedication.

With a qualification behind your name – you are more employable and you can also earn more.



  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scamsmake sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Guillotine Operator … or … Screenprinter

Is becoming a Photo-lithographer the right career choice for me?