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Application Forms and sample designs can be found in the drop down menu above, as well as downloadable PDFs.

SDP's Certification Program provides an opportunity for Society members to submit work to be judged for Certification. It is the goal of the Certification Program to create a climate for the improvement of painting skills and to provide members with recognition of excellence.

There are three levels of Certification. The first is that of Accredited Decorative Painter (ADP). The second is that of Certified Decorative Artist (CDA). The third is that of Master Decorative Artist (MDA). Members may start with either the ADP category or the CDA category. The CDA level of certification must be successfully completed in order to qualify for application to MDA certification.

The Accredited Decorative Painter applicant must pay the required fees and submit one piece of work for judging. The applicant is given a choice of painting either a still life or a stroke design. The applicant may enter only one design in any judging year. Click here for the Japanese translation of the ADP Certification.

The Certified Decorative Artist applicant must pay the required fees and submit one piece of work for judging. The applicant is given a choice of painting either a still life or a stroke design. The applicant may enter only one design in any judging year.

The Master Decorative Artist applicant must also pay the required fees and must submit three pieces of work for judging. The applicant must successfully complete all three categories (still life, stroke and floral), but need not enter all three or pass all three in the same year. However, the application fee must be paid each year the applicant enters a piece for judging.

Steps to Certification:

1. An official application must be completed, signed and sent with payment to SDP, 1220 E. First St. Wichita, KS 67214 The order form and fees for the Official Certification Kit may be sent at the same time or ordered at a later date after review of the portfolio.

2. Upon receipt of the application and fees, an applicant number will be assigned and sent with the portfolio.

3. USE OF THE SURFACE IN THE OFFICIAL CERTIFICATION KIT IS REQUIRED. ONE KIT MUST BE USED FOR EACH PIECE TO BE ENTERED.  If the applicant has a surface from a previous year, and wishes to use it, it is still necessary to complete an application to obtain a current portfolio and applicant number.

4. Each entry must be submitted on the surface provided in the kit, except that the applicant may substitute a wooden or masonite panel of the same dimension inside the frame provided.  With the MDA still life category, it is required that a wooden panel be used.  With the MDA stroke category, the tray surface is required.  Please see “Instructions for Applicants”, included in the portfolio, for details.

5. STRICT ADHERENCE TO ALL TIME DEADLINES IS IMPORTANT.  NORMALLY:
a. Purchase of the portfolio must be made no later than twelve weeks prior to the start of conference.
b. Entries must not arrive earlier than eight weeks nor later than four weeks prior to the opening day of the  Annual Meeting and Conference.  Please refer to the letter enclosed in the portfolio for specific dates.
c. Those unable to attend conference or arrange to have their entries picked up must send the mail back fee  to the Society, not less than four weeks prior to the opening day of the Annual Meeting and Conference.

For more information on the Certification Program, please email Miho Halsey or call (316) 269-9300 ext. 121

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