To work as a prepress worker, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
- complete a formal training program.
Education after high school
Most prepress workers complete a formal program in printing technology or desktop publishing. Professional-technical schools and two-year colleges offer these programs. Graphic arts and computer courses can also be good preparation.
Working in a print shop can be good experience. You could operate a printing press or work in the office where the prepress work is done. Internships are also a good way for you to get experience.
Some prepress workers learn their skills on the job from an experienced worker. Training lasts from several weeks to several months depending on the skills learned. Some skills require many years to master.
Some branches of the military train people to be printing specialists. Training lasts from eight to 20 weeks, depending on your specialty. Additional training occurs on the job.