FIRST Certified Synopsis

It’s a good rule of thumb to always promote your certification whenever possible, especially when submitting proposals for projects. Below you will find a brief synopsis for each of the FIRST Certifications, which will help set you apart from your competition.

POC_copyrightFIRST Press Operator (POC) Synopsis

My status as a certified FIRST Press Operator validates my expert proficiency and advanced competency of the flexographic printing process. Over the course of 30-weeks, I have successfully completed and passed all three-levels of the intensive training programs offered exclusively by Flexographic Technical Association (FTA). A FIRST Press Operator Certification demonstrates my firm understanding and application of the specifications espoused in FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances), which is required to achieve consistent, repeatable and color accurate print results.

PPC_copyrightFIRST Prepress Operator (PPC) Synopsis

My status as a certified FIRST Prepress Operator validates my expert proficiency and advanced competency of flexographic prepress operations. Over the course of 30-weeks, I have successfully completed and passed all three-levels of the intensive training programs offered exclusively by Flexographic Technical Association (FTA). A FIRST Prepress Operator Certification demonstrates my firm understanding and application of the specifications espoused in FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances), so that my prepress role in the flexographic workflow supports consistent, repeatable and color accurate print results.

ISC_copyrightFIRST Implementation Specialist (ISC) Synopsis

My status as a certified FIRST Implementation Specialist validates my expert proficiency and advanced competency of flexographic workflow compliance. Over the course of 30-weeks, I have successfully completed and passed all three-levels of the intensive training programs offered exclusively by Flexographic Technical Association (FTA). A FIRST Implementation Specialist Certification demonstrates my firm understanding and application of the specifications espoused in FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances), so that my role in the flexographic workflow supports consistent, repeatable and color accurate print results.

FIRST_CompanyCert_WatermarkedFIRST Company Certification

<COMPANY NAME> has achieved a FIRST Company Certification through the rigorous and intensive training programs offered by Flexographic Technical Association (FTA). This certification credential represents the pinnacle of achievement that a flexographic printing firm can attain. It demonstrates a complete mastery of the advanced knowledge and expertise required to achieve consistent, repeatable and color accurate print results.

By continuously adhering to the specifications espoused in FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances) methodology <COMPANY NAME> employs a proven and systematic approach to process control, optimization, fingerprinting, characterization and process improvement as outlined in CGATS TR 012-2003 (Graphic Technology – Color Reproduction and Process Control for Packaging Printing.) With a firm understanding and application of these specifications, <COMPANY NAME> is able to:

  • Consistently achieve exceptional print results
  • Preserve stable, repeatable conditions, pressrun to pressrun
  • Benchmark press performance
  • Utilize statistical analysis to maintain optimal conditions
  • Perform accurate device calibrations
  • Identify improvement opportunities
  • Isolate potentially troublesome issues
  • Reduce substrates, inks and energy waste

To sustain our FIRST Company Certification, our workforce consists of 40 percent or greater: FIRST Press Operators, Prepress Operators and Implementation Specialists. Additionally, our processes and adherence to FIRST workflow compliance is continually monitored by FTA through the ongoing, weekly submission of workflow data.

 

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