Precious Metal Clay, PMC Training, Classes, Courses and Workshops

In this section you'll find teachers and schools offering training, classes and workshops in Precious Metal Clay (PMC). The section is divided into several pages to make it easier for you to find what you're looking for.

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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. The flexible new style Certification programme 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.

The new standard PMC Certification takes 10 hours to complete and has two modules that can be taken as several sessions any time (subject to availability). This course is designed for those looking to perfect their PMC jewellery making skills for pleasure or as a professional jewellery maker.

The extended PMC Certification consists of three modules is for those intending to teach PMC or create more technically complex items. Each module takes 14 hours to complete. Again, each module can be taken in time segments subject to studio availability. The PMC Studio operate a network of PMC Studio Accredited Teaching Centres (ATCs) across the UK. A current list can be found on their website.

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.

In Australia, there are four levels available for PMC Certification. Taught by Senior Instructor May Bartrum, this workshop will allow people to teach at an introductory level and to receive a discount of 10% on purchases of PMC.

The PMC Guild supports the development of Certification programmes. Anyone can set up a certification programme for PMC provided they follow the guidelines from the PMC Guild.


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