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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions (NBS) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Graphic Production Technology (4342)

formerly Graphic Production Technology (4242)
Course Category: 
NOCTI and NBS proctored test centers throughout the United States.
September 2013 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: demonstrate knowledge of relevant OSHA standards, environmental protection, and safety procedures; explain the importance of quality control procedures, consistency of production, and statistical process control (SPC) as it relates to customer satisfaction; identify workflow, processes (including software), and equipment in graphic communications; demonstrate mathematical concepts relating to print, estimating materials/service costs, and preparing work orders; understand legal aspects of copyrighted materials; define and articulate printing terminology; describe various methods of graphic reproduction (e.g., offset, screen, intaglio, gravure, letterpress); identify and demonstrate principles of layout and design, type terminology, styles, and uses; identify proofreader's marks, proofread and mark-up copy; make conversions using printer systems of measurement; demonstrate steps in the creative process (e.g., thumbnail, rough, comprehensive, mechanical); crop, scale, and manipulate images; prepare elements for a variety of imposition layouts; demonstrate basic computer knowledge (e.g., storage, troubleshooting, peripherals); demonstrate proficiency in computer graphics and page layout applications; demonstrate knowledge of preflighting electronic files; ocolor separations from digital files; edit and manipulate single-color, spot color, and process color jobs; adjust work to meet the needs of target audience; demonstrate ability to calculate paper costs for job, waste included; differentiate between web, multimedia, and print graphics; exhibit knowledge of PDF workflow; demonstrate knowledge of different color modes and color management (e.g., CMYK and RGB); Exhibit familiarity with output devices; exhibit familiarity with input devices; identify components of an offset press and demonstrate knowledge of operating procedures; demonstrate understanding of press chemistry (e.g., ink tack, fountain solutions, solvents, dryers); describe general maintenance and cleaning of an offset press; demonstrate knowledge of mixing PMS colors; describe auxiliary operations performed on press (e.g., perforation, scoring); troubleshoot offset printing problems (e.g., scumming, pilling, chalking, roller stripping, ghosting, glazing); demonstrate ability to print in register; identify components of a digital press or other digital device and demonstrate knowledge of operating procedures; demonstrate understanding of digital consumables (e.g., toner, fuser, waste); describe general maintenance and cleaning of digital devices; describe auxiliary operations performed using inline/nearline devices (e.g., perforation, scoring); demonstrate proper handling of various print media; troubleshoot digital printing problems (e.g., toner scatter, paper jams); explain the importance of the RIP (Raster Image Processor) device and its functions; set up, adjust, and operate a paper cutter and a paper folder; demonstrate understanding of perforating, scoring, embossing, and die-cutting; perform preventive maintenance on bindery and finishing equipment; set up and operate a stitcher; set up, adjust, and operate a paper drill; explain different methods of binding and assembling (e.g., collating and gathering); explain assembly of carbonless paper forms; calculate number of small sheets cut from large sheets; identify properties and use of various paper stocks; demonstrate knowledge of carrier options, postal sorting, and packaging requirements. Performance Component: Design and Pre-Press (62%);Paper Drill, Shrink Wrap, Package, and Prepare for Pick-Up (38%).


NOCTI and NBS exams assess individuals' end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online proctored proficiency examination format. In addition, some programs administer a NOCTI/NBS performance component test to assess application of skills.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Graphic Production Technology (11/13) (11/18 revalidation) (11/23 revalidation). NOTE: An additional 1-2 credits may be awarded based on successful completion of the Performance Component when given in conjunction with the written proficiency examination.