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PrintED, administered by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF®) is a national accreditation program, based on industry standards, for graphic communications courses of study at the secondary and post-secondary levels.
PrintED has identified six standards that encompass the elements of a solid training program. In order for a program to become accredited, it must meet these standards in at least two areas of accreditation, one of which must be Introduction to Graphic Communications.
- Introduction to Graphic Communications
- Advertising & Design
- Digital File Preparation
- Offset Press Operations
- Binding & Finishing
- Digital File Output
- Digital Production Printing
- Screen Printing Technology
- Advanced Offset Press Operations
- Advanced Digital File Preparation
Competencies have been identified for each area of accreditation to determine whether the PrintED standards have been met. These competencies, developed by educators and members of industry, form the basis for instruction.
Although PrintED does not provide its own curriculum, there are curriculums available that are aligned with the PrintED competencies.
Many PrintED accredited programs have established Articulation Agreements with institutions of higher learning.
PrintED is in the process of transitioning from offering certification examinations in Introduction to Graphic Communications, Digital File Preparation, and Offset Press Operations to providing PrintED/SkillsUSA Skill Connect assessments in Advertising & Design, Digital File Preparation/Digital File Output, Introduction to Graphic Communications, Offset Press Operations/Binding & Finishing, and Screen Printing.
The Advertising & Design, Introduction to Graphic Communications, and Screen Printing skill connect assessments are expected to be available in spring 2010. The Digital File Preparation/Digital File Output and Offset Press Operations/Binding & Finishing skill connect assessments are expected be available in spring 2011.During this time of transition, and until the skill connect assessments are available, NOCTI will continue to offer PrintED pre-assessments and PrintED certification examinations.
PrintED was developed in 1986 by the Printing Industries of Georgia (PIAG) at the request of the Georgia Department of Education. In 1990, Printing Industries of America adopted the Georgia program as a national industry-approved accreditation program. GAERF assumed management of PrintED in 2000.