The FIRST Press Operator certification program is designed for press operators wanting to gain an expert proficiency of flexographic press operations. At the completion of the three levels, students will have a solid understanding of: FIRST specifications; the appropriate procedures for evaluating press conditions to achieve optimal results and reduce waste; how to communicate effectively with the entire supply chain; and the use of statistical process control to maintain press run consistency & color accuracy.
The Level I six-module program provides an overview of the flexo industry and basic press functionality. Perfect for entry-level and non-production flexographic industry personnel. Sign up for Level I program here.
The Level II course defines the foundational skill set needed by novice printer assistants and press operators in the early years of their careers, and has been designed to recognize those who have attained a basic level of press operations, including the printing of spot colors, line work, halftones, and one- and two-color printing. Before taking the Level II examination, individuals must meet all prerequisite skills and have already completed the Level I certification course.
The Level III course is the highest press certification offered by FFTA and is designed to recognize those who have attained a high-degree of technical press operations, knowledge and skill, particularly in printing process and spot colors using FIRST techniques for measuring and controlling print variables. Students must have a solid understanding of FIRST specifications and demonstrate the ability to implement those specifications. Before taking the Level III examination, individuals must meet all prerequisite skills and have already completed the Levels I & II certification courses.