FIRST Individual Certifications will help satisfy your customers through employee development with online, self-paced training programs.
A Document Created for the Industry, by the Industry
For more than 20 years, FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances) has helped production managers bring their printing processes to the next level by providing the procedures and methodologies necessary to produce high-quality and consistent results, pressrun after pressrun.
Over the past 10 years, FTA has developed state-of-the-art online, individual certification programs to help companies apply FIRST methodology. Those who carry a FIRST Individual Certification are more capable and able flexographers who can bring improvements, consistency and real results to any workflow.
Create Clear Lines of Communication with FIRST Individual Certifications
Speak a single, common language across the entire printing supply chain.
Save time, reduce costly product waste and eliminate frustration.
Provide the best possible product to your customer on every job.
Give employees the confidence to make necessary changes before issues occur.
What Does FIRST Individual Certification Training Provide?
95% of industry professionals who complete FIRST Individual Certification training give the experience five out of five stars.
Construct a Strong Team That Optimizes Your Workflow
Using One Common Set of Guidelines Across All Three FIRST Individual Certification Programs
FIRST Press Operator Certification builds flexographic printing experts who will consistently yield the best possible print quality. This expert press operator is proficient in color management, process control, troubleshooting and implementing corrective action procedures to bring systems into control for repeatable, predictable results.
FIRST Prepress Operator Certification creates experts in the field of flexographic prepress (graphics) operations. This expert prepress professional excels in graphic file assembly, preparation and management, image capture, process color calibration, and measuring and controlling print variables throughout the entire workflow.
FIRST Implementation Specialist Certification yields experts in flexographic printing support, consultation and communication, who are proficient in communicating the principles and practices of FIRST. It is designed for supervisors, managers and non-production personnel, including suppliers of flexographic products and services.
The Road to FIRST Individual Certification
Whether you’ve been on the job for two days or 27 years, Level I teaches the foundational building blocks crucial for every flexographer. You will study the package printing industry, understand the flexographic process and learn standard trade terminology.
Every job has its own function. Level II becomes more specific to the user’s specific roles, applications and equipment. This level also enhances the individual’s basic color theory knowledge and the essentials of consistent color reproduction.
Level III demonstrates how to apply the science of FIRST methodology by running to the numbers to control the process. It ensures every learner has the right tools to consistently and effectively communicate FIRST throughout the entire workflow.
About FIRST Methodology
Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances (FIRST) supports the methodical 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). While each organization may use its own workflow based upon its specific needs, there are certain fundamentals universal to the flexographic printing process. With a firm understanding and application of the FIRST methodology, flexographers can: identify potentially troublesome issues, benchmark press performance, utilize statistical analysis to maintain optimal conditions, perform accurate device calibrations, identify improvement opportunities and preserve stable conditions for repeatable results—all with the end result of satisfactorily reproducing the graphic design.