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FIRST Implementation Specialist Certification yields experts in the field of flexographic printing support, consultation and communication.

Who Is FIRST Implementation Specialist Certification Designed for?

Production Management

Workflow Support Staff

Technical Support Staff


Who Does an Implementation Specialist Communicate with on a Daily Basis?


Plate Makers

Plate Mounters

Customer Service

Ink Technicians


Prepress Providers

Press Operators


As a FIRST Certified Implementation Specialist, You Will…

Understand and communicate the elements of FIRST methodology.
Analyze and communicate FIRST design practices.
Educate all internal and external team members to apply FIRST specifications.
Analyze and communicate FIRST prepress practices.
Conduct package product development workflow meetings as they relate to FIRST.
Analyze, apply and communicate FIRST print specifications.
Facilitate successful optimization, fingerprint and characterization print trials.

What Do People Think About FIRST Implementation Specialist Certification?

“There has been a significant change in both external and internal communication. The change has been noticed not only in the content of the communication but also the improved clarity during the communication.”

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“Internally, it has helped us by quantifying our processes. Issues that may have taken hours to figure out in the past are now caught before they even occur, or if they do occur it only takes minutes to find the root cause.”

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“I can now identify a problem sooner and backtrack to where it started from. This alone will help decrease downtime by knowing who to immediately ask.”

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“It makes it easier to communicate with customers, separators and artists. There is a level of respect we have earned that seems so much more obvious since the certification.”

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The Road to FIRST Implementation Specialist Certification



Six Weeks

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.



12 Weeks

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.



12 Weeks

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.

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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.