I am proud to have recently been awarded the Guild Certified Framer (GCF) accreditation by the Fine Art Trade Guild (FATG). The GCF (APF) is recognised as the industries’ leading qualification in all Guild member countries. In 2015 the FATG updated an existing scheme and introduced the GCF which brought the qualification into line with most other professions. A Guild Certified Framer must commit to CPD (Continual Professional Development) and recertification takes place every two years. Working with a certified framer will now guarantee you that the framer is up to date with current industry standards and practice. It also means they are a current member of the Fine Art Trade Guild and subscribe to the Guild’s code of ethics.

Guild Certified Framers have been awarded a badge of excellence by the art and framing industry’s trade association, the Fine Art Trade Guild. They are entitled to use the designation, GCF (APF) but for only as long as they remain up to date with CPD and remain a member of the FATG, the issuing authority.

Their skills, both practical and theoretical have been examined by a Guild Examiner in a rigorous two hour test. The aim of the Certified Framer scheme is to distinguish the skilled and committed framer from the semi-skilled, and to help customers select a qualified professional framer who will apply a high level of expertise to the conservation and display of their artwork.

Guild Certified Framers are competent to give up to date advice on technical and conservation matters, as well as design and presentation, whilst keeping to a budget.

Marshall Irving GCF (APF) is your Guild Certified Framer at Spire Framing.


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