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Accelerate Your Training Efforts

(October 2013) posted on Fri Oct 04, 2013

A better educated staff will revitalize your shop.

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The National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL, holds it 2013 Owners Conference in Nashville, November 7-10. The event, aimed at owners and general managers of small digital, commercial, and quick-print operations, will feature educational sessions including: “Adding Wide Format to Your Business,” “Is 3D Printing in Your Future?” “How Do You Grow Your Sign Sales,” “Direct Mail to the Max,” and others. Many of its past webinars are available for download.

Premedia Training Solutions by IPA ( offers course tracks geared toward the graphics industry, including: PDF Workflow, Imaging, Layout, Imposition, Color Management, and others. Courses are available via an annual, monthly, or single-course subscription.

Sign Biz, Inc. ( offers personalized sign-technologies training, comprising two weeks of home instructions, 48 hours of formalized training at its Technical Training Center in Dana Point, California, and 32 hours of on-the-job training at Sign Biz store locations. Aspects covered include marketing, design, EDS, sign technologies, products, sign codes, and more. A Certificate of Sign Arts is awarded upon completion of Advanced Sign Studies. Following graduation, additional equipment setup and training takes place on-site at the shop. Webinars, seminars, and video education are delivered weekly under the Sign Biz ELATEd umbrella (e-Learning Alliance for Training and Education). Sign Biz also hosts three-day international conventions each year featuring an array of educational components.

The Signage Foundation’s ( 5th annual National Signage Research & Education Conference (NSREC) took place at the University of Cincinnati, October 9-10, focusing on “Signage as Advertising.” Specific presentations included: “Economic Value of Signs Research 1997-2012: An Overview,” “Visual Blight and Sign Regulations: How Far Can a City Go to Prescribe Aesthetics?,” “Planning and Implementing an Urban Wayfinding Project,” “Illuminated vs. Non-Illuminated Signage: The Economic Impact of Illumination,” “A CEO's Perspective of Signage in Rebranding,” and others.