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Requirements for Certification

Basic certification
The candidate’s work must demonstrate skills consistent with high standards, care and attention to details. 
The candidate must be familiar with over cutting, undercutting, shaping, etching and ladders. 
Candidate must produce two simple cutting guides of their own design. (25 pieces min.)  
The candidate must submit two works for judging. One must be simple flowers, (not a single flower), and the second work can be one of the candidate’s choice, but not flowers.

Level II certification (Feathering and Furring)
The candidate must show proficiency in feathering and furring, and must be able to execute intricate work. Candidate must produce two cutting guides of their own design. (50 pieces min.) 
Candidate must supply five letters attesting to teaching experiences within the past three years. 
The candidate must submit two works for judging. The first work must show a scene that includes animals. The second work must use the feathering technique. If one of the works includes both animals and birds, the second work can be of the candidate’s choice.

Level III certification (Vue d’optique)
The candidate must be capable of producing multi-level work. This can be an elaborate scene, with or without animals, with or without people. 
Candidate must supply five letters attesting to teaching experiences within the past three years.
Candidate must produce two cutting guides of their own design. (75 pieces min.)
The candidate must submit two works for judging. The first work can be an Anton Pieck or a Kim Jacobs picture, or any other picture of similar complexity. If you are not sure if your picture would qualify, contact PTI for clarification. The second piece can be of the candidate’s choice, but must use advanced level techniques. 

TEACHER CERTIFICATION FEES

The fees listed below are for the certification process only. They do not include seminar or workshop fees. For projects that do not pass the judging process, you will receive detailed explanations from the three judges, and suggestions on how to improve the piece so that it can pass at the next judging session. If the same work is resubmitted, there is no additional judging fee. However, if a different work is submitted, a new judging fee will apply. The work will pass with two out of three judges’ agreement.

Basic Certification
Application fee: $10 
Judging fees for two projects $50.
Evaluation of 2 cutting guides. $45  
Total: $ 105

Level II Certification (Feathering and Furring)
Application fee: $10
Judging fees for two projects $60
Evaluation of 2 cutting guides $50  
Total: $ 120

Level III Certification (Vue d’optique)
Application fee: $10 
Judging fees for two projects $60
Evaluation of 2 cutting guides $50 
Total: $ 120

Total for all 3 Levels separately: $345

Order all 3 Levels together for $310 (a $35 discount).

The Institute recognizes that many paper tole teachers around the world are not able to attend the training seminars and workshops offered in the U.S.A.   We however offer certification to any paper tole teacher. Any certification will apply the Paper Tole Institute standards as detailed on the "Paper Tole Standards" page on this website.  Teachers can prepare themselves for certification by becoming familiar with the standards as outlined and by practicing those standards before submitting art work for judging. Applying the PTI standards will help a Teacher to submit projects acceptable to the judges the first time.

Projects must be shipped to The Paper Tole Institute, Dotty Maddox, 5616 Dustin Court NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87120 for everywhere EXCEPT Europe. Shipping costs to and from the Institute are the responsibility of the applicant. 

Please note that the judges are not judging the size of the piece of paper tole but the complexity and execution of the work.  You do not need to send large pieces of art in order to pass the certification levels. If you are going to send large pieces of art for judging please DO NOT send them with glass in the frames!! You do not have to send the art framed just packaged as to prevent damage to the art. 

People in Europe send and email to Marit Gabler, Jernbanegaten 14, 1706 Sarpsborg, Norway for judging. The fees for Certification are different in Europe so you need to contact Marit to get a listing of those fees.  Shipping costs to and from the Institute are the responsibility of the applicant. Please note that the judges are not judging the size but the complexity and execution of the work.  


APPLICATION FOR TEACHER CERTIFICATION

Applications for teacher certification can be made by mail or email. All applications must be accompanied by the application fee.  Teacher's applications must be accompanied by letters from 3 to 5 students whom you have taught paper tole t0 in the last 3 years discussing your abilities as an instructor.  Please complete all areas of the application form for quicker processing.  


Europeans please contact, Marit Gabler Norway for examinations 

Rest of the world please contact Dotty Maddox or Tina Lynn, USA for examinations 


TEACHER CERTIFICATION