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Is PrintED ® Accreditation Right for You?. Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF ). By the time you leave this session you will: Know the essential components of PrintED and how to develop and maintain a successful program

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Is PrintED® Accreditation Right for You?

Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF)


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By the time you leave this session you will:

  • Know the essential components of PrintED and how to develop and maintain a successful program

  • Determine whether PrintED accreditation would be beneficial for you and your students


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PrintEDHistory

  • 1986: Printing Industries Association of Georgia (PIAG) developed PrintED

  • 1990: Printing Industries of America, Inc. (PIA) adopted PrintED as a national accreditation program

  • 2000: Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) assumed management of PrintED


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PrintEDBenefits

To the student…

“I am currently attending Rochester Institute of Technology. PrintED prepared me for college and gave me a head start over other students.

Kimberly Rosenthal, Student

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

“The base knowledge I gained from the PrintED program helped me to pursue my degree in Graphic Communications Management. I still use the information I gained from this class today.”

Amanda Cook, Student

Murray State University, Murray, KY


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PrintED Benefits

To the educator…

“PrintED provides focus and reward for the student whether he/she goes directly into the printing industry after graduation or pursues further education. Either way, PrintED is a win/win situation.”

Doug Thomas

Carrollton High School, Carrollton, GA

“PrintED graduates are provided with a profile of accomplishments to present to a prospective employer.”

Pat Lawrence

Indian Capital Technical Center, Muskogee, OK


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PrintED Benefits

To the employer…

“From an employer’s standpoint, knowing that a student is a graduate of a PrintED program is a helpful tool in gauging their proficiency.”

George Milligan, Graphic Designer

Infinity Printing, Danbury, CT

“We at AmPrint are fortunate to have a great technical school in our area. We give PrintED graduates the edge when it comes to job applications.”

Jim Roberts, President

AmPrint, Holliston, MA


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PrintEDAreas of Accreditation

  • CORE AREA

    • Introduction to Graphic Communications

  • BASIC AREAS

    • Digital File Preparation

    • Offset Press Operations

    • Digital File Output

    • Binding and Finishing

    • Digital Production Printing

  • ADVANCED AREAS

    • Digital File Preparation

    • Offset Press Operations


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PrintED Standards

In order for a program to become accredited, it must meet the following six standards in at least two areas of accreditation:

  • Instructional Staff

  • Facility, Equipment, and Safety

  • Instruction

  • Purpose

  • Administration

  • Program Budget


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PrintED Competencies

  • Form basis for instruction

  • Consist of more than 400 tasks

  • Developed by educators and industry

  • Revised in November 2006

  • Digital Production Printing competencies developed in May 2007


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Readiness Checklist

  • Do I meet all of the qualifications in the instructor portion of the application?

  • Is there a curriculum in place?

  • Is there a method in place to assess student progress and is it regularly updated?

  • Are the equipment and tools used in your program of the type and quality found in the graphic communications industry?

  • Is the current budget sufficient to ensure that both the program and students have sufficient equipment and consumables?

  • Does the program have an active Advisory Committee that meets at least once a year?


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PrintED Accreditation Process

  • Instructor requests application packet from GAERF.

  • Instructor submits completed application forms/$1800 fee to GAERF.

  • GAERF forwards the instructor the Instructor Data Form.

  • Instructor completes the Instructor Data Form and submits it to GAERF. An Evaluation Team Leader (ETL) will evaluate and score the document.

  • If the instructor meets the minimum requirements, an ETL will contact the instructor and arrange to conduct an on-site facility inspection, and provide face-to-face instruction on the assembly and organization of binders that document that the program is meeting PrintED standards.


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PrintED Accreditation Process (continued)

  • Instructor completes Standards 2-6, communicating with the ETL on a monthly basis.

  • The instructor and at least two members of the program’s Advisory Committee conduct a self-evaluation of the program with materials provided by GAERF.

  • ETL recommends a final evaluation.

  • Instructor forms a Final Evaluation Team comprised of local industry professionals.

  • Final Evaluation Team completes an on-site final evaluation.

  • If requirements are met, GAERF awards accreditation, valid for five years, with an Annual Status Report due at the end of each academic year.


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Annual Status Reports

  • Applicant and accredited programs

    • Tracks the continuing education of the instructor

    • Tracks graduates of the program


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Educational Package

  • Pre-assessmentsadministered by the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI)

  • Curriculum aligned with the PrintED competencies available from various companies.

  • Certification examinations offered by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF), and administered by NOCTI.


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Reaccreditation

  • An accredited program is required to be reaccredited every five years.

  • The accredited program must submit a Reaccreditation Application along with a $1000 fee.

  • The instructor and at least two members of the program’s Advisory Committee must conduct a self-evaluation of the program by using official forms provided by GAERF.

  • An on-site evaluation is conducted by an evaluation team made up of industry professionals in a process that is similar to the initial accreditation process.

  • If reaccreditation is recommended, the program will be reaccredited for five years, with an Annual Status Report due at the end of each academic year.


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Accreditation of Additional Areas

  • An accredited program may become accredited in additional areas at any time.

  • The process is similar to the program’s initial accreditation procedure.

  • An Add-An-Area Application is submitted to GAERF along with a $1000 fee.* This includes:

    • Application

    • On site visit by ETL

    • Brass Plate

      *If the additional area is added at the time of the reaccreditation, there is no additional fee.


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Contact Information

Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation

Eileen Cassidy, Director

1899 Preston White Drive

Reston, VA 20191-4367

Phone: (703) 264-7200

Toll Free: (866) 381-9839

Fax: (703) 620-3165

E-mail: [email protected]

Web site: www.gaerf.org


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