The marketplace offers a variety of training and education sources for your operation.
Lowen Corporation’s (lowencertified.com) Lowen Certified training and certification program is aimed at vehicle wraps and related digital graphics. At the company’s 19,000-square-foot Training and Certification Center in Hutchinson, Kansas, installers can pursue any of five designations: Vehicle Wrap Installation Professional, Fleet Graphics Installation Professional, Rough Wall Installation Professional, On Premise Graphics Installer, and Lowen Certified Expert Installer. The certification status is portable, meaning that the certification stays with the individual, not the company.
MacTac’s Application Nation (theapplicationnation.com) is an online resource and virtual community for graphics installers working with vehicle wraps, cut vinyl, and wall and building graphics. Members can visit the website to ask questions of industry experts, read about installation tips, peruse the resource library, and download ICC profiles.
MacTac also offers Application Nation training sessions across the country. The hands-on events typically cover techniques on vehicle and vinyl preparation, printing, measuring, squeegeeing, repositioning, finishing, removal, and more. The company has partnered with Nazdar SourceOne on a series of four training sessions designed to educate customers and installers on digital media and proper installation techniques.
Mutoh has teamed up with Avery and installer Justin Pate for its School of Wrap workshops (mutohcarwraps.com) that take place around the country. Two workshop versions are available: Advanced (one-day) and Basic/Intermediate (two-day). All workshop attendees receive a cutter knife, an Avery squeegee, a wrap DVD, and one free month of unlimited access to Carwraps video training platform.
The company also has a Carwraps Business Builder program and, in conjunction with Carwraps (carwraps.net), offers an online video car-wrap training series. Featuring Pate and Carwraps president Todd LaBrie, the videos cover the design, production, and installation aspects of vehicle graphics. Access to the videos is available in monthly or daily memberships; membership also includes access to Carwrap’s design database with vector-based vehicle-wrap designs.
Nazdar Consulting Services (nazdarconsulting.com) offers a number of training and consulting programs and initiatives, including Chromatix Color Control training, G7 Certification, Lean Sigma classes, hazardous-material education, and image-quality training. Chromatix Color Control aims to help businesses reduce labor costs, add capacity in peak production periods, and produce high-quality, repeatable color with every print. Lean Sigma focuses on reducing waste and variation in the manufacturing process. In addition, the company has partnered with MacTac’s Application Nation for a series of four training sessions designed to educate customers and installers on digital media and proper installation techniques.