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FTA FIRST Implementation Specialist Certification, Level III

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The Level III, 12-week, course is the highest implementation specialist certification offered by FFTA and is designed to recognize those who have demonstrated a proficiency in implementing FIRST throughout the entire flexographic workflow. The primary focus of this course is to provide a scientific approach to the flexographic process using the data to produce a consistent, repeatable product. Before taking the Level III examination, individuals must meet all prerequisite skills and have already completed the Levels I & II  certification courses.

The FIRST Implementation Specialist Certification Program is designed for non-production personnel, including suppliers of flexographic products and services. At the completion of the three levels, students will have a solid understanding of FIRST methodology and be able to effectively communicate, analyze and apply FIRST design/prepress /print specifications.

A certified FIRST Implementation Specialist is an expert in the field of flexographic printing support, consultation and communication.

Objectives: This certification is designed for supervisors, managers and non-production personnel, including suppliers of flexographic products and services. A FIRST Implementation Specialist is proficient in communicating the principles and practices of FIRST to apply them effectively across the entire flexographic supply chain.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Foster effective communication between customers, printers and suppliers
  • Open collaboration between prepress and press for consistent and repeatable print
  • Employ process control elements and data collection for quality improvement
  • Calibrate and use measurement devices for print production analysis
  • Incorporate proper fingerprinting and analysis to enhance workflow productivity
  • Communicate optimization practices from the plate package to print production
  • Develop print evaluation and documentation procedures
  • Lead implementation of FIRST methodology across the entire workflow

Through a partnership with FTA this course available to AICC members at the FTA member rate.

NOTE: It generally takes approximately 2 to 3 business days to process your registration for one of these courses.