Education Standards

Education  Standards 

The PDPA Board of Directors convened to create the following list of standards in 2007-2008, under the direction of André Martinez as the PDPA Education Chair. These standards are used to accredit professional decorative painting educational programs that are complete programs, specialized groupings, or individual classes.

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Standard 1: Strategic planning

A public statement of the submitting institution’s strategy must be made available in the following forms: a) Institution goals b) Program goals

Standard 2: Operational

The PDPA requires the accredited institution to abide by the following operational rules and guidelines a) Record keeping; All admission records must be kept indefinitely for each submitting student. b) PDPA accredited institutions must present publicly, and accessibly, the following: • Application and Admittance Policy • Student attendance, testing, and performance review policy (if applicable) • Payment, cancelation, and refund policy

Standard 3: Decorative painting Subjects

PDPA accredited institutions must teach subjects that are recognized in the PDPA Decorative Painting Subjects Guide. Additional subcategories of subjects may be added but main subjects must garner the approval of the PDPA prior to implementation. Programs are declared publicly as complete programs, specialized groupings, or individual classes.

Standard 4: Program building/learning objectives

All PDPA accredited institutions must list their learning objectives under each subject and subcategory of a subject taught. Institutions must build their program, specialized program groupings, and individual classes using the learning levels methodology outlined in the the PDPA Learning Levels & Performance Assessment Guide. For more information about this process see the PDPA Program Building Guide.

Standard 5: Class materials

Class materials relevant to the learning objectives must be made accessible to the students. Class materials can come in the form of textbooks, worksheets, and/or handouts. The information in the class materials must, at a minimum, have the granular content relative to the learning objective assigned to that class.

Standard 6: Instructor qualifications

All PDPA accredited institutions must utilize instructors who posses knowledge and skills above the learning levels of the subject and level they are teaching. Instructors must have at least 4 years field experience in that subject and level of study. The institution must present these qualifications and a testimonial of their ability to communicate, explain, and to gauge the audience’s response and understanding. Also required are three written letters of recommendation from persons outside the submitting institution. These will be sent to the PDPA along with physical examples of their work to include photography of completed projects on site. Once the PDPA has received these credentials the Education Chair will assist in the acquisition of at least three signatures by members of the Board of Directors and the instructors qualification status will then be posted publicly. In the best interest of our industry and due to the logistics involved, trade shows, that couple education into their programs are exempt from this standard at present.

Standard 7: Assessment

If a PDPA accredited institution awards certification in any format, it must be in compliance with the parameters set forth in the PDPA Learning Levels & performance Assessment Guide