This page explains the PMC Certification available.

PMC Certification

PMC Certification classes are defined by the PMC Guild as 'a special kind of class that is based on projects made to conform to a specific and universal standard. The rigorous class covers a wide range of techniques, and includes information on forming, firing, and finishing. Upon successful completion of the three-day class, certified artisans are entitled to certain discounts at the sponsoring company.'

There were two main companies offerering PMC Certification training in the US with a set syllabus; Rio Grande (which began running this certification in 1999) and PMC Connection. Rio Grande ceased offering their certification in 2014.

The PMC Connection training is divided into three segments. Part one is a two day class. Part two is a two day class of more advanced techniques. Part three is a two day class and covers even more advanced techniques.

PMC Connection only allow teachers who have gone through a rigorous selection process to give certification classes. PMC Connection call these teachers senior teachers or instructors. When someone has been trained by these senior teachers they can train introductory or specialised PMC classes - like making rings, beads etc. They cannot certify students to get the discounts though, this can only be done by a senior teacher.

In the UK, there is a certification programme run by The PMC Studio in Chesham, Buckinghamshire. It is structured in three modules that can be taken in any order. It has a flexible format which allows students to choose the Module they want to do during any Certification session. Suitable for those who have completed the Introduction to PMC or Creative Copper Clay, each module takes two days to complete and is taught in small groups. Teachers are being authorised by the PMC Studio to train certification classes in other venues around the UK.

In France, PMC Studio France is the only training centre running full certification classes in France and Continental Europe. Wholly independent, their courses are fully recognised by the PMC Guild internationally and the grades of competency exceed the minimum requirements set by the Guild. Their certification courses are modular (three in total), three days long and can be taken in any order. Some of their students complete the full course over nine days, some spread them out over several months, others complete them as part of a learning holiday.

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