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Alternate Titles: 

Compositor,Plate maker,Pre-press manager,Pre-press technician,Type setter

Job Description: 

Pre-press technicians prepare, format and compose text and graphics in a form suitable for use in a variety of print processes.


There are no formal academic requirements although some employers may require GCSEs/S grades. Training is typically received on-the-job. Apprenticeships are available as well as BTEC certificates and diplomas and other vocational courses at NVQ/SVQ Levels 2 and 3.
Refer The S/NVQ framework for more details


The simplified NS-SEC analytic class for this code is 5
The simplified NS-SEC operational category for this code is 11.1
Refer The National Statistics Socio-economic Classification for more details


  • determines from specification the kind and size of type to be used;
  • uses computer applications to generate images and text;
  • scans and retouches digital images to create sample proofs, plans and lays out artwork to match planned design;
  • examines proof copies, checks for quality and accuracy and makes any necessary alterations;
  • processes filmsetting or desktop publishing output to produce image on film and transfers to printing plates and digital output;
  • arranges and pastes printing material onto paper ready for photographing.
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