PPFA Australia - Certification

Preservation framing qualification has two main benefits. Firstly it will provide the qualified framer with a degree of separation from unqualified framers. In time more society members will increasingly seek out framers who have the knowledge to preserve their treasured items. A recognized qualification goes a long way to attracting a particular clientele. Secondly, a qualified preservation framer will be a leader in preserving significant national cultural heritage. Become qualified and proudly display the 'Qualified Picture Framer On Staff' sign on your door.

In time more society members will not only know the difference, but will seek out framers who have the knowledge to preserve their treasured items. A recognized qualification goes a long way to attracting a particular clientele.

PPFA offers qualifications which are internationally acknowledged. One is the Certified Picture Framer and the other Master Certified Picture Framer;

What is a Certified Picture Framer (CPF)?

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  • Has at least one year of experience
  • Passed a comprehensive 3.5-hour written examination
  • Keeps up to date with current framing standards and practices through regular recertification
  • Familiar with materials, techniques and design theories
  • Internationally recognized
  • Accredited by the Professional Picture Framers Association, an industry association

Sample Question

Artwork on paper should be glazed to protect it from which of the following?

  1. mold and mildew
  2. air pollution
  3. rapid humidity changes
  4. insects

Select an answer below:

   A. 1

   B. 2, 3, and 4

   C. 1 and 3

   D. 2 and 4

Correct Answer: (B)

What is a Master Certified Picture Framer (MCPF)?

  • Highest industry designation
  • Has at least five years of experience and has passed the Certified Picture Framer exam
  • Has passed a 4-hour hands-on practical examination
  • Keeps up to date with current framing standards and practices through regular recertification and advanced classes
  • Expert in preservation framing
  • Internationally recognized
  • Accredited by the Professional Picture Framers Association, an industry trade association
 

More information, including a study guide, and application to sit the CPF exam or take the MCPF exam can be found by visiting PPFA Certification

 PPFA Certification Scholarship Programs

PPFA offers annual international scholarships which are designed provide financial assistance to individuals who wish to take the Certified Picture Framer (CPF) and Master Certified Picture Framer (MCPF) exams.

These scholarships provides a free sitting for the examination and a complete set of PPFA-recommended examination Source Material for the CPF Exam.

Applicants for the CPF Scholarship must:

  • Have a minimum of one year of hands-on experience in retail or wholesale picture framing.   
  • Be a current PPFA member or an employee of a PPFA member shop.
  • Have not taken the relevant exam before.
  • Meet all deadlines for submission of application and supporting material.

More information can be found by downloading this PPFA scholarship brochure and application form

PPFA Australia also offer it's own CPF exam scholarship as well - additional to the International Scholarship. This is exclusive to Australian PPFA members.

More information can be found by downloading this Australian PPFA scholarship brochure and application form

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