Print Education Curriculums

Printing Industries of America offers complete curriculums in sheetfed offset, web offset, prepress, and bindery. View the information below to learn more about these programs.

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Sheetfed Offset Training Curriculum

The Printing Industries of America Sheetfed Offset Press Training Curriculum is specially designed to expedite staff training and achieve results that translate into greater profitability. It is a complete resource that contains everything needed to deliver technical content, teach standard operating procedures, and measure trainee learning and performance. The sixth edition is even more visual, interactive, and production-oriented than ever before.

Features that enhance learning and retention include:

  • 80 problem-solving activities
  • 100 worksheets
  • 240 training tips from the pros
  • 11 core subject areas organized into 44 modules
  • More than 500 video clips, photographs, and diagrams
  • More than 1,100 questions

Four key curriculum elements are designed to be used in conjunction to make a complete course. The manual and workbook are spiral-bound for lay-flat convenience.

Components include:

  • Instructor's Training Manual: Two volumes packed with lesson notes, problem-solving activities, and supplementary hands-on exercises enhanced with plenty of real-life training tips, training prop ideas, checklists, and job aids.
  • Instructional CD-ROM: The CD illustrates principles and processes presented in the lesson notes. More than 500 movie clips photos, and illustrations are included. Templates are provided for all SOP checklists so they can be customized to a facility's own equipment (CD is both PC and Mac compatible).
  • Trainee's Workbook: Two volumes of note-taking outlines and study questions are provided, as well as worksheets, checklists, and other job aids for learning and quick reference.
  • Instructional Textbooks: Two of Printing Industry Press's bestsellers--Sheetfed Offset Press Operating and Guide to Troubleshooting for the Sheetfed Offset Press--provide essential reading to support course material and contain valuable content for future reference.

PLUS, Trainee Recognition...
A Certificate of Completion is granted by Printing Industries of America to those trainees completing the knowledge and SOP sections of all eleven tasks (core subjects) in the course and successfully passing a final examination. The certificate is an excellent acknowledgement of a distinctive achievement in continuing education and development.

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Web Offset Training Curriculum

The Printing Industries of America Web Offset Press Training Curriculum is specially designed to expedite staff training and achieve results that translate into greater profitability. It is a complete resource that contains everything needed, from manuals to a CD, to deliver technical content, teach standard operating procedures, and measure trainee learning and performance. This winning combination of features is a proven formula for:

  • Refining problem-solving skills
  • Improving productivity
  • Ensuring consistent practices

Designed with the special demands of today's busy pressroom in mind, the Web Offset Press Training Curriculum is even more visual, interactive, and production-oriented than ever before.

Features that enhance learning and retention include:

  • 11 core subject areas organized into 46 modules
  • 80 problem-solving activities
  • 100 worksheets
  • 240 training tips from the pros
  • More than 500 video clips, photographs, and diagrams
  • 1,400 study questions

Today, the printing industry faces increased competition, rapid advances in technology, and staff that is often diverse in background and knowledge. The Printing Industries of America Web Offset Press Training Curriculum can help!

Curriculum elements include:

  • Instructor's Training Manual: Two volumes packed with lesson notes, problem-solving activities, and supplementary hands-on exercises enhanced with plenty of real-life training tips, training prop ideas, checklists, and job aids.
  • Instructional CD-ROM: Illustrating principles and processes presented in the lesson notes, more than 500 movie clips, photos, and illustrations are included. Templates are provided for all SP checklists so they can be customized to a facility's own equipment (CD is both PC and Mac compatible).
  • Trainee's Workbook: Two volumes of note-taking outlines and study questions are provided plus worksheets, checklists, and other job aids for learning and quick reference.
  • Instructional Textbooks: Two Printing Industries Press bestsellers--Web Offset Press Operating and Guide to Troubleshooting for the Web Offset Press--provide essential reading to support course material and contain valuable content for future reference.

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Prepress Training Curriculum

While it is extremely important to properly train press operators, it is equally as important to have well-educated prepress technicians. Challenges within the prepress stages of a job can prove to be just as troublesome and costly as those in the pressroom.

Printing Industries Press is pleased to announce another addition to its wealth of training materials, Prepress Skills Training Curriculum, by Joe Marin.

This newly revised curriculum covers topics such as PDF creation, uncovering digital file problems, soft proofing, color management, and working with camera RAW. The six main areas of focus within this program are:

  • Orientation to Desktop Publishing
  • Composition
  • Job Engineering
  • Image Capture
  • Press, Binding, and Finishing
  • Digital Output

"Having worked in prepress for twelve years, I know that it is difficult--if not impossible--to find time for training," said Marin. "This curriculum is broken into short bites, called 'modules.' This allows staff to get trained in short segments, most of which can be incorporated into learning lunches."

Marin had recognized the need for a revision to the popular Imaging Skills Training Curriculum. "The old curriculum contained content that had changed dramatically or was no longer relevant," Marin said. "We found that many teachers and trainers were still very interested in the program, and so we decided to completely update the curriculum. The new program contains all-new slides, movies, review questions, and suggested hands-on activities."

The program contains:

  • Instructor's Manual with DVD

Item Number: 91403
List price: $500
Member price: $250

  • Trainee's Workbook

Item Number: 91413
List price: $200
Member price: $99 

  • Reference Library of six books containing material relevant to the program

Item Number: 91403L
List price: $487
Member price: $324

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Bindery Training Curriculum

Your total training package for new bindery employees

"... a welcome and much-needed solution to the problem of scarce training programs available to the postpress industry. This comprehensive resource can help to fill a void and elevate bindery training to a whole new level."
--Brent Eckhart, Eckhart & Co. Bindery

  • Essential information for today's bindery employee
  • Easy-to-use for instructors of every experience level
  • Manual includes more than 175 real-life tips for the trainer to make instruction engaging and effective

The Printing Industries of America Bindery Training Curriculum is a must-have training tool for improving bindery productivity. Authored by a graphic arts professor and reviewed by a team of bindery professionals, this unique product has been designed to teach essential principles and operating procedures to new bindery employees. Developed in response to the increased need for greater bindery productivity through more knowledgeable and skilled bindery employees, it is the first training tool of its kind to be available in the printing industry.

With tight production and training schedules in mind, a convenient ready-to-use package has been created that contains everything needed to quickly and easily conduct an introductory training course:

  • Instructor's Training Manual with CD-ROM offers lesson notes, hands-on activities, and review questions enhanced with plenty of real-life training tips, training prop ideas, review/reinforcement activities, troubleshooting charts, and a glossary of 400 terms.
  • Instructional CD-ROM illustrates principles and processes presented in the lesson notes. More than 200 movie clips and illustrations are included. Templates are provided for all operating procedures checklists so they can be customized to a facility's own equipment (CD is both PC and Mac compatible).
  • Trainee's Workbook provides plenty of worksheets, checklists, troubleshooting charts, and other job aids for learning and quick reference, plus a glossary of 400 terms.
  • Introductory Textbook, At the Finishing Line: A Primer for New Bindery Workers, is a practical, easy-to-read text with explanations, diagrams, and a glossary geared to the beginning bindery worker.

All materials are designed to be straightforward, engaging, and effective for new bindery workers and their trainers.

The Bindery Training Curriculum covers everything from basic bindery principles to equipment operation and safety: Orientation, Safety, Paper, Preplanning, Cutting, Folding, Saddle Stitching, Adhesive Binding. Troubleshooting is also included, with plenty of quick-reference charts to help.

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