If you’re trying to decide whether to hire a painter and decorator, it’s worth looking into whether they have a trade association membership. While a trade association membership is not a guarantee that a professional will do a good job, it makes it much more likely.
Read on to find out more about 4 main trade associations.
Painting and Decorating Association (PDA)
The Painting and Decorating Association is the UK’s largest painting and decorating trade association. They have several membership requirements to ensure that their members are quality professionals. Painters and decorators applying for PDA membership must provide evidence of any relevant qualifications or at least 5 years of experience. They must also supply 4 independent references and proof of their public liability insurance.
The PDA also operates a subsidiary organisation, the London Association of Master Decorators (LAMD). Both have an independent complaints procedure and aim to only endorse high-quality painters and decorators.
Scottish Decorators’ Federation (SDF)
The Scottish Decorators’ Federation is the main painting and decorating trade association in Scotland. They aim to help endorse reputable, qualified professionals and offer them training and support. The SDF require their members to be fully trained to SVQ3 standard, have all required insurances and provide at least two references where the work is available for inspection.
The Guild of Master Craftsmen
The Guild of Master Craftsmen is a UK trade association that operates across a range of sectors, including painting and decorating. They ensure that their members have sufficient qualifications and have a complaints procedure to resolve any disputes between property owners and their members.
The Dulux Select Decorators Scheme
The Dulux Select Decorators scheme is another body that offers membership to painters and decorators. They check their member’s qualifications and offer training in partnership with City and Guilds.
So there are several trade associations to bear in mind. However, it’s important not to rely too much on trade association membership when picking a painter and decorator. There are plenty of professionals who don’t have a trade association membership and still do a great job. Try looking for online reviews and asking for references to ensure you get the right painter and decorator for you.