The Craft

The Master Craft Certificate – Joinery

In this combined initiative, the Master Certificate Scheme recognizes excellence in the art, craft, science and practice of Carpentry and Joinery. This applies to fully qualified craftsman within the Industry who can demonstrate their progress and ability at an advanced level. Two further levels, namely Craftsman and Journeyman are available for developing candidates.

The Scheme is sponsored by:

  • The Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers
  • The City & Guilds of London Institute
  • The Institute of Carpenters

An outline of the requirements for each of the three levels -

Master level requirements

The successful candidate will have at least 10 years experience in Joinery or shopfitting and have experience in mentoring junior and less experienced craftsmen.

In addition they will be qualified at NVQ level III or similar in Architectural drawing or shopfitting and hold a Licentiateship of the City & Guilds of London Institute (LCGI) or similar.

Journeyman level requirements

The successful candidate will hold a qualification at NVQ Level 3 or similar in Architectural Joinery or Shop Fitting. Demonstrate excellence and experience in the craft of bench Joinery or Shop Fitting following their training endorsed by an Employer or Client including evidence of mentoring together with a high level of skill.

Craftsmen level requirements

The successful candidate will hold a qualification at NVQ Level 2 in Architectural Joinery or Shop Fitting and be pursuing a further NVQ or similar qualification in Architectural Joinery or Shop Fitting. Demonstrate progress in quality workmanship endorsed by the applicant’s College, Employer or Client.

For details of the requirements and how to apply can be found by downloading the following documents.

Applications

Master Craft Certificate - Wood Carving

The Master Certificate Scheme is sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers, the City & Guilds of London Institute and the Master Carvers Association. It has been established as a means of recognizing excellence in the art, craft, science and practice of wood carving.

The Award, available in two levels, Journeyman Carver and Master Carver, is dependent on specific criteria which will be detailed on application and the Certificate will recognize the level of training, experience and work excellence achieved by the applicant.

The Aims of the Master Certificate Scheme

  • To recognize the status of professionally qualified and experienced craftsmen involved in Wood Carving by the Award of a meaningful certificate
  • To assist in the maintenance of a list of skilled wood carvers for trade and enquiry purposes

Master

The successful candidate will have a well established and proven career in wood carving with at least seven years professional service and eligible to become be a member of the Master Carvers Association. The level of achievement including mentoring is to be endorsed by employers and/or clients supported by photographs and evidence of workmanship.

Journeyman

The successful candidate will have trained in the art and skills of wood carving at a recognized college or have served a recognized apprenticeship or acquired a high level of skill in wood carving or gained their skills through their own endeavours. The level of proficiency is to be endorsed by an employer and/or client support-ed by photographs and evidence of mentoring. It would be an advantage to be aspiring to membership of the Master Carvers Association.

The applicant will be required to provide evidence of the qualifying criteria noted above.

For details of the requirements and how to apply can be found by downloading the following documents.

Applications

The Joiners & Ceilers’ Craft Awards

This prestigious event is open to those who have recently completed, or who are nearing the completion of their training in the craft of joinery and woodcarving.

Participation in this practical craft test draws candidates from throughout the United Kingdom. It allows men and women to compete for these prestigious awards while at the same time being able to demonstrate their acquired skills in the craft of joinery and woodcarving.

The Employer of the Winner will receive a Certificate suitable for display.

Competitors will be required to complete a set piece of work under supervision, and between the hours of 8.00am and 5.30pm, with a half hour lunch break from 12.30 to 1.00pm.

The test piece will enable craftsmen to demonstrate their ability to carry out joinery and wood carving commissions to good commercial standards, with emphasis on the interpretation of drawings, setting out and marking out of work and the skilled use of hand tools.

Materials will be supplied by the Company, but the entrant will provide such hand tools of his, or her, own as are normally appropriate to a working joiner (including routers and drills 110v but not sanders or chop/portable saws).

The Company very much appreciates the support of the Building Crafts College in the use of their workshop facilities.

Owing to the Covid 19 pandemic the Joiners Craft Competition is not currently being held in 2021 it is hoped to resume the competition in 2022. When further details and how to apply will be made available.