How does one go about becoming certified for screen printing?
What colleges or universities in North America can graduate a trained 'certified' screenprinter? One who can walk into a shop, rip a 4 colour job and make film, stretch the screens, prep em ,coat em, burn em, set the job up on an automatic with feed and takeoff, then run the job....
Versed in waterbased, solvent based and UV, knows textile and 3D parts imaging, can print by hand and machine, can use a densitometer and other tools, has a basic understanding of costing and estimating, work flow, troubleshooting and quality control systems....all pretty basic stuff (when compared to other industries and careers) to ensure screen printing has job ready young people coming into the industry ready to take us into the future....
Good luck with your search Mike, let us know the results. (or do you live in europe, where they have such a thing in the education system)
In Ontario Canada, we had a collage that offer screenprinting as a program where we finished as certified screenprinters.
I was fortunate enough to have had 4 years of screenprinting at the secondary level with it in conjunction as a co-op before going to collage.
As far as I know there are some collage level programs still offered in the US, but most are very basic, most of the better shops send their staff to the SGIA for more indepth training after their own in-shop training.
If your looking to become certified, I would suggest speaking with the staff at the SGIA for their guidance, if your adventurious talk with them about education in Europe, screenprinting is a recognised trade there, you do your apprenticeship and schooling and become a journeyman. If I were young enough I would head back there, Screenprinting in Europe is 20 years ahead of North America.
Let us know what you decide.
I don't know if you can find a school that gives out certificate/degrees, specifically in screen printing. There are a lot of colleges around the US that do offer printing degree's depending on your location google is probably the best way to find out.
I am a firm believer in understanding all of the printing methods before you choose just one, so my suggestion is to locate a school that will teach many of the different print methods. Since the basics of printing translate to the many different ways of putting ink on paper or textiles or what ever.
SGIA is a wealth of information however sometimes they seem to be overly techinical with their answers to questions. Leaving you with more questions than answers.
Here is something I dug up on the web they may also be useful.
US Screen Printing Institute
605 S. Rockford Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Good luck to you.
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