Idealliance, a global think tank, is a non-profit graphic communications industry organization with 12 strategically located offices around the world. Idealliance serves brands, OEMs, service providers in print and packaging, content & media creators, fulfillment, mail delivery, creative agencies/teams, material suppliers, and innovators & developers worldwide. We do our work through ISO Standards Innovation, Print and Digital Workflows & Technologies Development & Integration, Technical Research & Industry Insights, Certification, Training, Brand & Facility Auditing Programs and serves as a Global Super Connector for brands, service providers, & OEMs throughout the world. Our specifications have transformed the graphic communications industry by defining production workflows for color (GRACoL®, SWOP®, XCMYK™, G7®, BrandQ®), content management (PRISM®), mail supply (Mail.dat®, Mail.XML™), and paper (papiNet®). Idealliance is the world’s foremost certifying body for competencies, systems, materials and facilities, and Idealliance, a Liaison ‘A’ to ISO TC130, is one of the world’s largest contributors and developers of ISO standards.
Designed to educate and help brand owners communicate with their packaging supply chain, the BrandQ program teaches methods for controlling and monitoring print quality across the entire packaging supply chain. The program provides hands-on training plus useful on-line resources, including an assessment tool, additional training classes, a BrandQ community and discussion group, everything you’ll need to become certified as a BrandQ Manager or BrandQ Certified Supply Chain Expert.
Print Planning & Estimating is a comprehensive suite of online training and professional development courses for print professionals, teams, and managers. Print Planning & Estimating courses cover core planning and estimating concepts applicable to any print service provider. Print Planning & Estimating courses will improve skills in essential planning and estimating principles that are critical to a Print Service Provider’s profitability and one’s own personal development.
Print Planning and Estimating Certification offers a suite of courses to select from, including specialized courses in digital, offset, flexography and wide-format printing, and an all-inclusive Master course that covers all concepts and print devices in a single offering at a very attractive price.
A Certified Color Management Professional has proven proficiency in the principles and best practices associated with color management implementation in a graphic communications production environment. This online training is intended for digital press operators, offset press operators, pressroom supervisors, prepress supervisors and technicians, quality assurance managers, and printing equipment suppliers. CMP modules include;
An individual may become a Certified G7 Expert or G7 Professional, upon successful completion of the 3 day classroom-based training, and a certification exam.
A G7 Expert is able to analyze color and print related issues and take corrective action to bring systems and processes in control to a set method, standard, or specification with repeatable, predictable results. A G7 Expert is highly skilled in the field of color management, process and quality control for proofing and printing equipment, having attended an in-person 3-day G7 training course and passed the course exam with a 90% course proficiency and paid the G7 Expert Certification fee. Certification is valid for two years.
A G7 Professional is generally an in-house quality/technical professional who has attended and passed the in-person Idealliance G7 Expert/Professional training course with a minim 80% course proficiency. Certification is valid for two years.
G7 Master Qualification is granted to a physical facility, equipment, or systems. Qualification is valid for one calendar year and must be renewed annually. There are three levels of compliance for G7 Master Qualification: G7 Grayscale, G7 Targeted, and G7 Colorspace. These levels demonstrate G7 Master capabilities by specified print condition and offer new levels of distinction for G7 Master Printers. More info here on G7 Master Qualification.
The Idealliance G7 Process Control program builds on the momentum of the original G7® program and is a must for any individual or organization wanting to take print production to the next level of profitability and repeatability. Color Management is all about process control.
With an ever-expanding number of media channels available to marketers today, print service providers are preparing files for a vast array of devices, and often for multiple locations. Ensuring key staff are skilled in the leading practices of both print and electronic media production is central to reducing production costs and operating an incredibly efficient multi-channel media production workflow.
A G7 Process Control Expert is an individual certified by Idealliance as a proven leader in the field of color management, process and quality control for the entire print production supply chain. Having completed both an in-person 3-day G7 training course and exam for G7 Expert certification, along with G7 Process Control Expert online training and certification, G7 Process Control Experts also perform G7 Process Control Master Qualifications to align print production workflows, technology, and equipment for print service providers. Certification is valid for two years.
A G7 Process Control Master Certified Facility is a print service provider that has demonstrated through the use of process control and leading practices designed for print supply chain efficiencies and productivity. The program is designed to help optimize the printing process through on-site training, development of custom standard operating procedures, and periodic assessment. Completion of the program provides the user with a list of productivity deliverables, reference materials, and quarterly reports on print quality. G7 Process Control provides print service providers with more efficient production methods, education, and industry recognition in the form of an annual certificate with quarterly verification.
The Idealliance Integrated Media Workflow Professional (IMWPro) Certification online program is designed to teach graphic communications professionals the basics of making the transition from a dedicated print workflow to a workflow designed to enable the production, publishing, and delivery of content across multiple media channels. View a sample IMW lesson.
The Mail Professional Certification online program equips those involved in the extended printing and mailing supply chain with a complete understanding of the postal-facing aspects of mailing. MailPro Certification offers unparalleled access to a team of expert instructors with more than 400 years of combined experience in developing real-life mailing solutions and working effectively with the U.S. Postal Service. MailPro courses include MailPro Fundamentals and MailPro Advanced. View a sample MailPro lesson.