Accreditation Guidelines

Accreditation is a status given to a decorative painting educational institution or program that meets or exceeds the criteria of the PDPA Educational Standards. Accreditation started in the United States in the late 1800’s as a peer review process that was initiated by educational institutions to assure quality. Accreditation models like ours are generally not used in other countries of the world because they rely on government supervision and control of educational institutions. The success in the education of Americans can be traced in large part to the reluctance of the United States government to impose restrictions on institutions of post-secondary education, and to the success of the voluntary system of accreditation in promoting quality without inhibiting innovation.

Submitting for Accreditation

Accreditation insures the quality of the institution or program and assists in the improvement of the institution or program. Accreditation applies to institutions or programs, and does not apply to individuals.


The PDPA requires an initial consultation with the Education Chair prior to the application for accreditation. This free consultation ensures full disclosure of the PDPA accreditation requirements and insures that those requirements are fully understood prior to application.

During this consultation, there is a review of the Education Program Building Guide, Learning Levels & Performance Assessment Guide, the PDPA Standard Subjects Guide, and the PDPA Education Standards. Additional fees for consultation may apply; contact the PDPA for details.


Once an educational institution has made the choice to submit its program for accreditation, the program being submitted must be recognized as compliant with the PDPA Standards in order to be accepted.


The submitting institution must be a current PDPA School or Association Member. There are additional fees for program submission, instructor submission, and annual accreditation. Contact the PDPA for details.

On-site visit

The PDPA reserves the right to conduct an initial on-site visit at the submitting institution for an evaluation. In subsequent years, the PDPA may conduct random on-site visits for the purpose of reviewing the institution’s compliance with the PDPA Accreditation Guidelines.

Program evaluation

The PDPA Education Chair conducts an initial review of all submissions. If the institution is found to be in compliance with the PDPA Standards and Regulations the Education Chair then submits the program for review by a selected Educational Review Subcommittee.

The reviewing committee comments are recorded and kept on record. If the institution is found to be in good standing, the evaluation is made official by the signature of the PDPA Education Chair and 3 Board Members. A public announcement is then made as to the institutions accreditation and that institution is required to post publicly its affiliation and accreditation status with the PDPA.

Educational Institution Code of Conduct

All PDPA accredited educational institutions are required to follow and uphold the PDPA Code of Ethics, comply with the PDPA Educational Standards, and follow their own policies. If a party questions the compliance of an institution, the PDPA will assemble a review committee and review the institution in question. If the institution is found not guilty of the allegations, a full report of the review is made public. If the institution is found guilty, PDPA Accreditation Status will be immediately revoked and no public declaration of the review committees findings will be made.