The accreditation fee of $1800 includes a CD containing the PrintED competencies, two onsite visits by an experienced PrintED instructor, an accreditation plaque, and copies of any materials updated during the five-year accreditation. There are no annual fees incurred by the accredited program.
Although PrintED does not provide its own course of study, there are curriculums available that are aligned with the PrintED competencies.
Many PrintED accredited programs have established articulation agreements with institutions of higher learning. Articulation agreements are designed to build strong partnerships between high schools and community colleges and/or four-year institutions. The agreement outlines specific requirements completed at the high school level that will transfer to institutions of higher learning. PrintED instructors are encouraged to form articulation agreements to provide students with the benefit of pursuing further education with college credit already in hand.
PrintED was developed in 1986 by the Printing Industries of Georgia (PIAG) at the request of the Georgia Department of Education. In 1990, Printing Industries of America adopted the Georgia program as a national industry-approved accreditation program. GAERF assumed management of PrintED in 2000.
For more information, contact:
Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF)