PrintED Questions

What are the benefits of achieving PrintED accreditation?

PrintED graduates bring to the workplace an equivalent of six-months on-the-job training. In some instances, there are schools that have developed agreements to grant college credit to students who obtain the required PrintED competency/performance levels.

How does a program achieve PrintED accreditation?

After completing an official application, an experienced PrintED instructor is assigned to serve as a mentor to the accreditation candidate. This individual maintains monthly contact with the instructor, and visits the facility on two separate occasions. A team comprised of industry professionals conducts a final evaluation to determine if the program has met the requirements to become PrintED accredited.

Does PrintED have defined skill standards?

PrintED has identified six standards that encompass the elements of a solid training program. In order for a program to receive accreditation, it must meet these standards in at least two areas of accreditation.

What areas of accreditation are offered?

  • Introduction to Graphic Communications
  • Offset Press Operations
  • Binding & Finishing
  • Digital File Preparation
  • Digital File Output
  • Advanced Offset Press Operations
  • Advanced Digital File Preparation

Accreditation in the introductory course, as well as in one other area, is required. Institutions may choose to be accredited in additional areas based on their programs.

What are the PrintED competencies?

Competencies have been identified for each area of accreditation in order to determine if the PrintED standards have been met. These competencies, developed by educators and industry, form the basis for instruction.

How does a student become certified?

Online examinations are available in three areas: Introduction to Graphic Communications, Offset Press Operations, and Digital File Preparation. Students who have completed a curriculum that incorporates the current PrintED competencies, and who have been identified by the PrintED instructor as having completed at least 80% of the required hands-on-tasks, are eligible to take the examinations. Tests are delivered by the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI). Tests for the other acreas of accreditation will be added at a later date.

Does PrintED provide a curriculum?

Although PrintED does not provide its own course of study, the program endorses a curriculum provided by the Multistate Academic and Vocational Curriculum Consortium, Inc. (MAVCC) that is aligned with the PrintED competencies.

How long does it take to achieve PrintED accreditation?

The accreditation process generally involves a six-month to one-year commitment. Accreditation is awarded for five years.

How many programs are PrintED accredited?

As accreditations are awarded on a continual basis, the most up-to-date information can be found at

What is the fee for accreditation?

The accreditation fee of $1800 includes a PrintED Manual, a CD containing the PrintED competencies, two on-site visits by an experienced PrintED instructor, an accreditation plaque and student certificates for those individuals that successfully complete 80% of the PrintED competencies in an area that does not have a certification examination available.