FTA training—FIRST Certification and online courses—are industry-recognized achievements. They demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of a specific area of the flexographic printing process.
To earn a FIRST Certification, an individual must complete an appropriate program and exams, authored by the association’s educational staff and modeled after Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances. They are rigorous and unflinching in their testing of an individual’s knowledge and ability, but they produce results: those who carry an FTA certification are more capable and able flexographers who can bring improvements and real results to any workflow.
FTA online courses enable flexographers to learn new skills and principles, keep up to date with ever-changing best practices, and brush up on the foundational elements of their trade.
For individuals and companies who follow the principles outlined in Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances (FIRST) and seek to promote that fact to print partners, there is FIRST Certification. Attaining FIRST Certification demonstrates an unwavering dedication to consistent and repeatable flexography.
FIRST Operator Certification
FIRST Operator Certification exists at the employee level and consists of three types: FIRST Press Operator Certification, FIRST Prepress Operator Certification and FIRST Implementation Specialist Certification. Workers who are FIRST Certified are more knowledgeable and better equipped to handle the daily challenges of working in the flexographic industry.
FIRST Company Certification
At the organizational level, there is FIRST Company Certification. Attainable only once a specific percent of an organization’s personnel has become FIRST Operator certified, it demonstrates an adherence to FIRST principles across every shift, every plant and every job. It instills absolute confidence in customers, and is evidence of a true print partner.
By enrolling in one of FTA’s online courses, flexographers can learn new skills and principles, keep up to date with ever-changing best practices, and brush up on the foundational elements of their trade. Courses cover an introductory look at flexography, the basics of ink handling and maintenance, and—in partnership with Idealliance—a guide to G7.