A better educated staff will revitalize your shop.
3M (www.3m.com) offers three separate certification programs: 3M Certified Graphics Installation Company and 3M Preferred Graphics Installer (for all types of graphics installations); and 3M Endorsed Vehicle Graphics Installer (for vehicle wraps and graphics); testing dates and locales vary, check 3M’s website. Optional training sessions are also available. Its 3M Graphics Video Library includes a number of instructional videos for graphics providers; the online videos cover topics such as: vehicle and fleet graphics; wall and architectural graphics; cut graphics; and more.
At the three-day CorelDraw Unleashed Boot Camp from Unleashed Productions (www.unleash.com), attendees learn the ins and outs of CorelDraw and Corel PhotoPaint. The company also offers phone consultations and onsite training sessions and boot camps, plus books and DVDs, all centered on Corel products.
Xpedx (www.xpdex.com) has offered a 14-city Wide Format Solutions Summit tour throughout 2013 (28 shows in all), designed to provide print operators with tools for succeeding in wide-format print work. Each Summit has featured consulting group InfoTrends sharing wide-format insight and advice, as well as demonstrations on a variety of equipment, media, and substrates. “Stay tuned, as there is potential for a 2014 tour,” the company reports.
X-Rite (www.xrite.com) offers hands-on training workshops at its facilities in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Regensdorf, Switzerland, and in its various local sales offices, on color-management topics specific to wide-format printing, textiles, prepress, packaging, design, and more. Online seminars and e-Learning modules are also available on many of the same topics. Its Color Control Freak e-course is designed to provide a solid and entertaining introduction to color management. X-Rite also offers customized on-site training.
A tradeshow alternative
If you’re planning on attending a major industry’s tradeshow, why not add an educational component along the way? You can seek out opportunities for training before or after show-floor hours (so as not to interfere with your time on the floor), or simply ensure that you schedule enough days at the event to accommodate learning as well as exploring and buying.