What does it mean to be qualified in Colour? More than just experienced, but with some recognised level of ability in the subject too. That recognition is usually by an independent body providing some recognition to the qualified person.
The SDC is a Chartered body, which is but one of over 900 such bodies of which around 400 (including ourselves) still come under the Privy Council – see the Privy Council website for details of Chartered bodies, right from the University of Cambridge, then Oxford, through various Companies, including the Worshipful Company of Dyers, to the Bank of England, the Zoological Society of London, Royal College of Music, and on 26 March 1963, The Society of Dyers and Colourists (just ahead of the Universities of York, Bradford, Stirling – my own alma mater – and the Royal Society of Chemistry). What an impressive group of bodies we reside amongst!
What does it mean though? The SDC can award qualifications and “In the case of professional bodies they should represent a field of activity which is unique and not covered by other professional bodies” – so we are unique. The SDC monitors qualification standards via the Education Qualifications Accreditation Board.
So, an SDC qualification means something. It is not available elsewhere, it is unique and monitored for quality. So Chartered Colourist or ASDC has meaning and stature. We award several qualifications which are covered in detail in our Rules but essentially are as follows: LSDC, ASDC, FSDC, CCol. In former days qualification for ASDC automatically meant a CCol was also awarded but the two have now been distinct for some time. CCol means even more than ASDC, as CCol is the pinnacle qualification the SDC can award.
How does this differ from experience then? Are these just qualifications to be gained by study? They are more than that – I have my share of qualifications, several of which were gained at school, or immediately afterwards at University. My teaching qualification was gained with a little teaching practice but during my educational studies part of my life. My doctorate followed immediately afterwards but with only a little more experience. My Diploma in Management though came after some years of further experience and was all the more valuable for that.
Our ASDC qualification is awarded to those with at least two years experience, FSDC requires ten years experience and Chartered Colourist comes after at least two years experience post one of the other SDC qualifications. Study is required. Ability is required. Knowledge is required. So is experience.
Qualified in Colour then through the SDC is unique and means knowledge and experience. Those who hold such qualifications are to be recognised as experts not just at studying but in practical acts of their field.
Qualified in Colour then means SDC.