PDCA explores standards
for decorative finishing The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America hosted a conference in conjunction with its PACE trade show in January to review a proposed industry standard for decorative finishing.
At the conference, contractors, educators, manufacturers and consultants in the decorative finishing field reviewed a draft developed by the PDCA Craftsmanship Forum, a self-funded group within the PDCA.
The draft industry standard defines the field of decorative finishing. It defines use and ownership of representative samples and establishes criteria for the acceptance of decorative finishes and substrate and surface preparation work. It also includes an official glossary of industry terms.
Next, the Craftsmanship Forum will define a skill standard, identifying the skills and knowledge needed to be labeled a Certified Decorative Finisher. It will also develop testing for the standard. The new standards are expected to become operational in 2006.