Lithographers make and prepare metal plates to be used as the original in various printing processes and media. Plates are usually laser-etched from digital sources with computer-to-plate technology, but can also be made by applying types of emulsions to the printing plate.

Alternative label

  • plate worker

  • CT technician

  • master printer/lithography

  • CTP worker

  • certified master lithographer

  • metal lithographer

  • computer-to-plate specialist

  • platesetter specialist

  • CTP operator

  • computer-to-plate technician

  • computer-to-plate operator

  • lithographic printer

  • offset lithographer

  • platesetter technician

  • CTP specialist

  • lithographic operator

  • lithographer and digital printer

  • platesetter operator

Regulatory aspect

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Essential skills and competences

Essential Knowledge

Optional skills and competences

Optional Knowledge



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