Since 1994, the Commended Framer scheme served as a benchmark within the industry for recognising Professional Framers. However in 2015, the Fine Art Trade Guild introduced an updated scheme which brought the qualification into line with most other professions. A Guild Certified Framer must commit to CPD (Continual Professional Development), and recertification takes place every two years. Working with a Certified Framer will now guarantee you that the framer is up to date with current industry standards and practice, and also that they are a current member of the Fine Art Trade Guild, and subscribe to the Guild's Code of Ethics.
The old style Commended Framer qualification is no longer current, and has been replaced internationally by the Certified Framer qualification.
Guild Certified Framers have been awarded an emblem of excellence by the art and framing industry's trade association, The Fine Art Trade Guild. They are entitled to use the designation GCF(APF), but only for as long as they remain up to date with CPD, and remain a member of the Fine Art Trade Guild, the issuing authority.
Their skills, both practical and theoretical have been examined in person by a Guild Tester in a rigorous two hour test. The aim of the Certified Framer scheme is to distinguish the skilled and committed framer from the semi-skilled, and to help the public select a qualified professional framer who will apply a high level of expertise to the conservation and display of their artwork.
Guild Certified Framers are competent to give up to date advice on technical and conservation matters, as well as design and presentation, while keeping to a budget.
Ian Kenny GCF(APF) has fully supported the scheme since it's inception in 1994, and has been the Guild's examiner in Scotland since 1999.
At Ian Kenny Framing, there are only three people who will frame your work - Ian Kenny GCF(APF), Andrew McLaren GCF(APF) and Craig McKenzie GCF(APF). We are available for you to discuss the best way to present and conserve your artwork for the future.