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FLEXO Magazine : July 2012
lines, speaking the same lexicon, and having the same result(s) in mind. Furthermore, this certification process will go a long way to proving skills and knowledge to the rest of the industry. “It wasn’t easy, but it was enjoyable,” explains Kimberly Tuccitto, Smyth Companies, who recently became Level III certified. “I was surprised at how much I learned despite being in the industry for as long as I have. The program has definitely benefited me. Everyone will get something out of it.” The most unique aspect – and most common question – about the certification program is the term self-paced learning. This cost-effective method of learning is quickly becoming a routine in the realm of education. With as little as an Internet connection, an employee can expand his/her flexographic horizons. “T he program is really enjoyable and relevant,” says Zach- ary Blackburn, graphic arts/flexography instructor, Central Piedmont Community College. Blackburn is Level III Prepress certified and has earned Level II in Press and Implementa- tion Specialist. “ T he program was easy to follow, thanks to its structure, and the information is definitely applicable to what I do on a daily basis. I highly recommend the program to anyone who wants to expand his or her flexo horizons.” Once an employee signs up for the course, he/she will receive an email with a start and end date. After that, the prepress pupil has six weeks to complete the Level I course. Each module consists of multiple sections after which a test of that module’s subject matter is administered. The 90-minute exams contain a variety of true/false, multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank questions about the course that the student was led through by the narrator of the module. A score of 80 percent is required to move onto the next module. In order to receive FIRST Operator Level I certification, there is a final, cumulative test on which a score of 80 percent is required to pass. If a student was to fail an exam, he/she is permitted to retake the test, as long the class enrollment has not expired. LEVEL I Today ’s competitive workplace requires more than just ca- sual knowledge to succeed. True leaders must demonstrate a complete mastery of the flexographic printing process and a commitment to continuous improvement. The first step toward that mastery is Level I. Designed specifically for entry-level and non-production flexographic industry personnel, this first step toward flexo - graphic know-how will build interest, resourcefulness and innovation among employees. It is also the only level that applies to all job functions within the flexographic production environment. This six-module program provides an overview of the flexo industry, basic press functionality and identifies key materials used throughout. Level I (which is the same for each of the certifications pro- grams) consists of a six week online-learning course that cov- ers the history of flexography as well as brief introductions to the other types of printing processes—gravure, offset, digital. LEVEL II The Level II modules are the “nuts and bolts” of the prepress process. This course defines and solidifies the foundational skill- set needed by novice graphic artists in the early years of their 34 FLEXO july 2012 www.flexography.org working for you. who can create attention-getting graphics with HD plate technology? you can. Packaging needs to grab consumers’ attention — to jump off the shelf. With HD plates, the benefits are clear: a better quality of prints to make graphics pop. Sun Chemical brings you from concept to shelf with pre-press, color management, plates and ink — all from one single source. We also provide the technical resources and support you can’t get anywhere else. See our HD plates video and get more information at www.sunchemical.com/HDplates or contact us at 1-708-236-3798. SunChem 70047 HD Plate Ad — Bleed: 8.25"w x 11.375"h, Trim: 8"w x 10.875"h, Live: 7.25"w x 10.125"h, CMYK 70047_SunChem_HDplateAd_8x10.75.indd 1 5/25/12 12:47 PM Mask Imaging Inspection: The mask should be inspected prior to imaging, after imaging, and after uV face exposure.