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The Training Track

(September 2012) posted on Thu Aug 30, 2012

Hit the classroom – real or virtual – to learn new skills and refine existing practices.

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LexJet’s ( online Learning Center offers various educational guides as free downloads, including: “An Application Guide to Floor and Carpet Graphics,” “How to Create a Wall Mural,” “Increase Revenue by Offering Banner Stands,” “Coating, Stretching and Wrapping Canvas,” and others.

Lowen Corporation’s ( Lowen Certified training and certification program is aimed at vehicle wraps and related digital graphics. At the company’s 3M Preferred 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. The installer is also eligible to apply for the 3M Preferred Graphics Installers designation.

Mactac’s Application Nation ( 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. Several training videos are available to members and non-members alike.

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.

In 2011, the company created the Application Nation Authorized Installer program, designed to provide certification for and visibility to professional installers who adhere to industry standard processes and systems for vehicle and architectural applications.

Mutoh America’s ( Mutoh Business Builder is a resource for print providers to gather market specific information, education and application suggestions that help customers be more successful in their business. Business Builders are available for Signage, Wraps, Textiles, Packaging, Color Management, Wall Art, Tradeshow Graphics, Process Control, and more. In addition, Mutoh has teamed up with Avery to produce Car Wrap Training sessions throughout the US and Canada.