The Society of Bookbinders’ Certificates of Competence scheme has been established for two principal reasons: firstly to set out the Society’s standards for hand bookbinding, and secondly to give members a target to work towards.
Rather than being a curriculum or syllabus for a course of tuition, the scheme is designed to assess the products of training, experience and hard work.
Candidates might include students on courses, tutors of book arts courses, or members who just want to prove something to themselves! It is hoped that, as well as providing a yardstick against which to measure one’s own abilities, the Certificates will become a recognised sign of assurance for prospective clients.
The scheme is modular and encompasses a range of different binding styles. Initial modules cover cloth bindings, half- and quarter-leather, and full leather. Further modules are expected to be added in future.
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(Library-style specs added 11.9.14)