The FIRST Press Operator certification program is designed for press operators wanting to gain an expert proficiency of flexographic press operations. At the completion of the three levels, students will have a solid understanding of: FIRST specifications; the appropriate procedures for evaluating press conditions to achieve optimal results and reduce waste; how to communicate effectively with the entire supply chain; and the use of statistical process control to maintain press run consistency & color accuracy.
This certification level is the highest press certification offered by FFTA and is designed to recognize those who have attained a high-degree of technical press operations, knowledge and skill, particularly in printing process and spot colors using FIRST techniques for measuring and controlling print variables. Students must have a solid understanding of FIRST specifications and demonstrate the ability to implement those specifications. Before taking the Level III examination, individuals must meet all prerequisite skills and have already completed the Levels I & II certification courses.