Colour Management Professional Training and Certification Program

First corporate members sign up for IDEAlliance India


New Delhi 15-16 and Mumbai 20-21 February 2014

In April 2013, IDEAlliance — a not-for-profit trade association of more than 1300 member companies—announced a significant expansion of its global operations, with the addition of
International Affiliates in Europe and India. IDEAlliance-Europe and IDEAlliance-India joined International Affiliates in China, South Korea, Mexico and Columbia, expanding IDEAlliance’s growing influence in the worldwide development and adoption of media production standards and best practices.

Print and electronic media service providers from every corner of the worldare increasingly integrating IDEAlliance specifications into their production workflow, including G7, GRACoL, SWOP, PRISM, PSV, among others. IDEAlliance resources, including Colour Management Professional Certification, G7 Process Control and eMediaPro Certification and
Qualification programs are setting the bar worldwide for quality and capabilities in an integrated media production and distribution workflow.

The role of IDEAlliance India is to help and enable Indian print service providers and brand owners to be a part of the worldwide development and adoption of media production standards and best practices. For most print buyers and suppliers, specialized training and qualifications and certifications have thus far involved travel — an expensive proposition for Indian printers and brand owners. The urgent need is to educate, qualify and certify the professionals and technicians who actually perform the prepress, pressroom and quality control task sona day-to-day basis. Training has to be made more accessible and cost effective. We also need an abundance of cost-effective local professionals for consulting and certification.

Although the entire process will take time, this is what IDEAlliance India is attempting to do with the help of IDEAlliance in the US. We have already translated and published the Guide to Print 12.0 in both English and Hindi. A number of organizations and individuals are signing up for IDEAlliance membership. The first amongstthese include KumarPrinters inManesar, Khemka Packaging in Faridabad, Letra Graphix in Ahmedabad and ImageGravures ofGandhinagar. The firstindividual member of IDEAlliance India is Venkat R Rotti.

IDEAlliance has a growing set of colour management professional courses that are available online and which several companies and individuals in India have completed and achieved certifications. Another online training and certification for colour management professionals for sales and account executives was added in the beginning of January 2014. All IDEAlliance memberships, qualifications and certifications from around the world are listed on the IDEAlliance website both for the benefit of brand owners and printers. Qualified professionals and experts get due recognition.

In February 2014, with the help of NPES and IDEAlliance, the Colour Management for Professionals Print training and certification course will be held in Delhi and Mumbai. The trainer for these courses will be Steve Ballinger, the director of training of IDEAlliance. Both courses will entitle participants to take an online exam which will entitle them to the certification as CMP-Print professionals. Registrations from as far away as Sivakasi and Colombo have already been received. The course in Delhi is organized as a two-day event on 15 and 16 February while in Mumbai the course will be held as two one-day courses on 20 and 21 February. For more details, please contact Gaurav Mishra at research 5@ and +91 9540 975239.

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Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy.


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