National service trainer at Bidvest company, Konica Minolta South Africa, Mario de Carvalho (right), receives the
prestigious Konica Minolta Diploma in Colour from the general manager of EDD CSO, Yasufumi Koseki, to become one of only 15 international achievers of
Both South African printing companies and
clients embracing digital colour printing are in excellent hands as the country now boasts two recipients of the much valued and rare
Konica Minolta Diploma in Colour.
National service trainer at Bidvest company, Konica Minolta South Africa,
Mario de Carvalho, recently joined his colleague, Leon Minnie, to become one of only 15 international achievers of this qualification.
Minnie completed his qualification in 2007.
The sought-after diploma provides its receivers with the competencies
to meet the digital world’s demand for reliable services and expert consultancy in standardised results and colour output.
The result is that customers benefit from highly consistent print quality and clearly defined quality standards through sophisticated
About the qualification, one of the first diploma holders and now assessor,
Bernd Scheibner at Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe, says: “The diploma is the highest certification of Konica
Minolta’s professional education, which is second to none in its design and scope in the entire printing market.”
According to De Carvalho, potential candidates need the motivation as well as the passion for colour and technology
to advance through the immense online academic and eventual practical examinations.
As a specialist in desktop
publishing, colour issues, normal calibration and Fiery reloading – a technology that allows for the simulation and manipulation of colour
to achieve true colour - De Carvalho had to pass more than 100 online exams to reach certification levels such as Outward Associate,
Professional, Expert Colour, Master of Colour and an additional Expert level. Once these exams were completed, he was invited to
Japan for a practical three-day exam
“The study towards the qualification has significantly broadened my
knowledge and experience of digital printing. A great advantage is that - through the process of achieving the qualification -
I have been exposed to the latest and most sophisticated technology in Japan, thereby equipping me with the best professional
answers and troubleshooting expertise within the present and future digital colour environment.
“In my role as a trainer to customers from a user aspect and fellow personnel from a technical aspect,
the Diploma in Colour further allows me to add greater value to the skills and knowledge shared,” says De Carvalho.
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