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FLEXO Magazine : November 2008
FTA TODAY Class is in Session! T ? he wait is over. Flexographic industry professionals looking to advance their careers can now access the Virtual Campus Course Catalogue Online Now ? complete course catalogue for Foundation of Flexographic Technical Associations TEST (Technical Education Services Team) Virtual Campus, and begin taking classes immediately. FFTA’s TEST Virtual Campus is the industry’s single, most comprehensive web-based educational platform, designed to help users achieve all of their learning and development goals. In total, the Virtual Campus offers 158 self-paced and instruc- tor-lead classes in four different areas: ? Flexo Skills Certification ??Health & Safety ??Professional Development ??Microsoft Training Joe Tuccitto, FTA education director, commented, “In light of today’s economic crisis, companies need to find a way to train their personnel without compromis- ing their productivity or incurring the added expenses of travel. That’s where the TEST Virtual Campus comes in. It offers multi-level training sessions that don’t re- quire travel or hotel accommodations, or, for that matter, time away from work.” He added, “The courses have also been built to accommodate many learners moving through various sessions/levels simulta- neously which allows employers to send many of their personnel through various stages of training at any given time.” FLEXO SKILL CERTIFICATION For years now, FTA has offered flexo- graphic skills testing and certification. The skills program testing—divided into three levels—is designed to help improve learn- ers’ technical expertise, hands-on knowl- edge, flexographic industry vocabulary, while providing occupational development opportunities for flexographic professionals. The Level I - Basic Flexo skills course is designed for entry-level and non-produc- tion flexographic industry personnel. It is the only level that applies to all job func- tions within the flexographic production environment. The six-module program provides an overview of the flexo industry and basic press functionality, and identifies key materials used throughout. For those who have attained a basic level of press operations, FTA offers the Level II - Press Operator course. The Level II certi- fication recognizes the learner’s knowledge of printing spot colors, line work, halftones, and one- and two-color printing. Level II defines the foundational skill set needed by novice printer assistants and press operators in the early years of their careers. Before taking the Level II examination, individuals must meet all prerequisite skills and com- plete the Level I certification program. Lastly, there is the Level III certification course, designed to recognize those who have attained a high level of technical press operation knowledge and skill, particularly in printing process and spot colors using FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications and Tolerances) techniques for measuring and controlling print variables. It represents the highest press certification offered by FTA. Individuals qualifying for Level III certification must be familiar with FIRST guidelines and demonstrate the ability to implement these specifications. Before taking the Level III examination, individuals must meet all prerequisite skills and complete Levels I and II certifications. HEALTH AND SAFETY For employers seeking to improve their personnel’s health and safety habits, or employees seeking to boost their knowl- edge of EHS regulations, the TEST Virtual Campus offers 45 courses on everything from basic ergonomics to forklift operation to hazardous chemical handling. Classes particularly pertinent to flexographic print- ing/converting operations include: ?Machine Guarding - offers informa- ? tion on how to correctly apply the principles of hazard recognition and safety practices with machine handling. ? Lock and Tag - provides a general understanding of, and how to comply ? www. f l e x o g r a p h y. o r g ? ? with, the lockout/tagout system. ? Safety Audits - instructs on how to correctly apply the principles of safety audits. ? Emergency Response - teaches tech- niques for creating and communicat- ing an emergency action plan. ?Hazard Communication - includes how to inform workers of their right to know about chemical hazards in the workplace and to meet OSHA re- quirements for providing employees information. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Perhaps some learners struggle to com- municate an idea? Others might like to work on their interpersonal skills? This area of the Virtual Campus offers nearly 30 different courses for all levels of business interaction. Whether managers are seeking to better motivate employees and encour- age teamwork, or press operators want solutions to recurring conflicts with col- leagues, these simple and effective courses will assist in anyone’s professional goals. MICROSOFT TRAINING Just as it sounds, this area contains classes designed to improve learner’s skills using common professional Microsoft software, including MS Outlook, MS PowerPoint, MS Project, MS Visio, MS Windows, MS Word and MS Vista. CUSTOMIZED TRAINING SOLUTIONS Unique and custom-built training pro- grams are also available through the TEST Virtual Campus. Even before it officially launched, flexographic industry firms have been taking advantage of this special feature (see FLEXO June, page 10). For more infor- mation contact Joe Tuccitto, FTA education director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. ? Log on now to http://www.flexography.org/edutrain/ virtualcampus.cfm to view the full catalogue! NOVEMB E R 20 0 8 F LEXO 73