Test Your Skills
The National Council for Skill Standards in Graphic Communications continues to expand its repertoire of national certification examinations. In late 1997, the Council introduced its first certification exams for flexo and litho (multicolor) press operators. Since then, more than 250 press operators have become certified. The press check-ups continue in 2001; exams are scheduled for May 24, June 28, August 23 and November 15.
The Digital Imaging Operator's Certification Examination is the latest test. It's expected to be available this summer online as well as through local testing centers. The series of technical examinations will cover the major work areas and functions of digital prepress: composition, job engineering, image capture and digital output. Upon successful completion of each exam, candidates are awarded Expert Digital Imaging Technician (EDIT) certificates. The Master Digital Imaging Technical (MDIT) certificate and lapel pin is awarded after completion of all four sections. Sponsors of the tests include: Anderson Lithograph, Fuji Photo Film, Heidelberg U.S.A., Microsoft, PIA/Northern and PIA/Southern California R.A.I.S.E. Foundation and Treasure Chest Advertising.
As a preparatory course of study for those taking the EDIT series, the National Council officially endorsed the GATF Digital Imaging Certification Review Program. Derived from GATF's Imaging Skills Training Curriculum, a complete course with 36 modules and instructional CD-ROMs, the Review Program contains portions of the curriculum which can reviewed online in preparation for certification examinations. The review content is presented summary-style in Microsoft PowerPoint format with related study questions.
Development of the digital imaging examination is a collaborative effort between the National Council and Digital Media's StaffingTools.com division. As an international provider of prepress electronic training services, DMI's StaffingTools.com hosts and delivers certification examinations and serves as intermediary with local testing centers. The collaboration with DMI and StaffingTools.com also facilitates the future design, development and updating of the imaging examination.