PrintED, administered by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF), is a national accreditation program based on industry standards and appropriate for secondary and post-secondary schools offering graphic communications curricula.
Benefits of Accreditation:
- To the student, PrintED provides a career pathway to enter the workplace with verifiable credentials, or to pursue further education with college credit already in hand.
- To the educator, PrintED ensures an instructional program that is current and relevant, consistent across the nation, and aligned with industry standards.
- To the employer, PrintED graduates promise a knowledgeable, trained, and skilled workforce.
PrintED has identified six standards that encompass the elements of a solid training program. For a program to be awarded accreditation, it must meet these standards in at least two accreditation areas, one of which must be Introduction to Graphic Communications.
Graphic Communications Skills Competencies (GCSC):
Developed by educators and industry professionals, GCSC provide measurable or observable knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors critical to successful job performance. These competencies form the basis for instruction in the six areas of PrintED accreditation listed below.