PPFA Certification
Earn the framer’s mark of excellence and advance your framing career by taking the PPFA Certified Picture Framer (CPF) exam, testing your knowledge in:

  • Preservation
  • Math
  • General Knowledge
  • Mounting
  • Mechanical

A CPF prep class will help you review your knowledge and skills, whether you’re taking the CPF exam in Las Vegas or at a later date. Thousands of professional framers worldwide have achieved CPF status since the program’s inception in 1986.

Maintain your CPF credentials by taking the one-day recertification course, a requirement for those who earned the CPF designation after 1993.

Framers ready to demonstrate mastery of preservation framing may take the Master Certified Picture Framer (MCPF) exam. There are also several MCPF advanced sessions at PPFA 2008 that meet the continuing education requirement for the MCPF designation.

Pre-registration is recommended for all certification-related opportunities. CPF Exam, MCPF Exam, Recertification exams are available at additional fees: (All prices in U.S. dollars.)

CPF Exam:

$225 member/$325 non-member
($150 retake member/non-member)

CPF Prep Class:

$100 member/$125 non-member

Recertification Course:

$140 member/$200 non-member

MCPF Exam:

$400 member/$565 non-member

Certification at PPFA 2009

Certified Picture Framer Preparation Class
Monday, March 2  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
CPF1Certified Picture Framer Preparation Class

Certified Picture Framer Exam
Monday, March 2  1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
CPF3 Certified Picture Framer Exam

Certified Picture Framer Exam Retake
Monday, March 2  1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
CPF4 Certified Picture Framer Exam Retake

Certified Picture Framer Recertification Course
Monday, March 2  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
CPF2 Certified Picture Framer Recertification Course

Master Certified Picture Framer Exam
Monday, March 2 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
MCPF1Master Certified Picture Framer Exam

Monday, March 2 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
MCPF2 Master Certified Picture Framer Exam

Monday, March 2 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
MCPF3 Master Certified Picture Framer Exam

Tuesday, March 3 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
MCPF4 Master Certified Picture Framer Exam

Tuesday, March 3 ■ 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
MCPF5 Master Certified Picture Framer Exam

Master Certified Picture Framer Sessions
These sessions meet the requirements for MCPF Continuing Education credit.

Tuesday, March 3 10:30 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.
F11 Spacers
Window mats provide only modest separation between the framed item, and the safe addition of glazing for large or friable items may require use of spacers. Spacers can be made of paper-based boards, plastic boards, or boards incorporating both materials. They can be designed to be attached to the glazing, the back mat, or the frame and can rest on the back mat or if they have padded or taught paper surfaces, they can rest against the framed work itself. This workshop will explain the variety of spacers that can be made, quickly and inexpensively, to solve preservation problems and enhance the value of frames. Speaker: Hugh Phibbs, National Gallery of Art

Tuesday, March 3 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
F23 Paper Preservation
The relentlessly changing marketplace makes profitable framing a challenge. One path to professional security is preservation. Good information about preservation issues, preservation materials, and preservation services will always be important to customers that own valuable works of art and artifacts. Well-informed framers can advise as to which items can be displayed and which should have facsimiles made for viewing. Paper preservation utilizes digital reproduction and image restoration, proper storage for items that cannot be safely displayed, and preservation framing for those that can. This lecture/demonstration will elucidate these issues and the history of paper preservation. Speaker: Hugh Phibbs, National Gallery of Art

Tuesday, March 3 4:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
F33 The Environment of the Frame
How do conditions within the frame vary from those in the space that surrounds it? How does light entering the frame affect temperature and relative humidity inside? What sources of moisture threaten paper items in the frame and how can they be controlled? A thorough understanding of the chemical, physical, and biological issues inside and around the frame are explored and explained in this lecture/demonstration, along with explanations of how differing wavelengths of light affect the contents of the frame, how gravity stresses its parts, how insects and molds can attack framed items, and how temperature and improper handling can degrade delicate materials. Speaker: Hugh Phibbs, National Gallery of Art

Wednesday, March 4 10:30 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.
F41 Floater Frames for Canvas/Encaustic
Floater frames are enjoying a re-emergence in popularity with today’s gallery wraps and wide-format digitals, but traditional canvases are not the only art well suited to floater mouldings. This lecture will explore assorted floater moulding styles from the simple baguette trim to step floaters to L-floaters, looking at differences and benefits. Specifications and variations of installation will be covered for mounting of traditional oils and acrylics, digitals canvases, and art on wood surfaces. Deckled encaustics on birch panels and boxes will be discussed and assembly will be covered. Speaker: Chris Paschke, CPF, GCF, Designs Ink

Wednesday, March 4 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
F53 Oversized Works on Paper and Textile
Drawings and prints have been made on very large sheets of paper since the Renaissance, but modern art has accelerated this trend. Safe handling, storage, and display is challenging, but when printing or drawing media covers those sheets, hazards multiply. The preservation framer must have adequate work and storage space, large conservation quality materials, and skilled help to tackle oversized works; a broad knowledge of spacers, advanced hinging strategies, and proper glazing and support elements are critical to safely work with these items. This workshop will introduce students to these subjects and a broad view of hazards and safe practices necessary for tackling oversize works on paper and fabric. Speaker: Hugh Phibbs, National Gallery of Art

Wednesday, March 4 4:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
F63 Shadow Box Enclosures and Object Mounting
Innovative shadow box enclosure designs are discussed, including step-bystep instructions on how to build them. Whether the shadow box is to be permanently closed or designed for easy opening/re-closing, this class includes designs to do the job. Among the topics: visual composition, decorative features, preservation, structural considerations, fitting/finishing, hanging hardware, Gravity Groove, Slider, Slip-Over, Magnetic Closure, and The Acrylic Edge. Speaker: James Miller, MCPF, GCF, ARTFRAME Inc.

Thursday, March 5 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
F71 Mounting Sensitive Items
This lecture is designed to address the do’s and don’ts of mounting sensitive items. The proper approach to handling vellum and parchment; silks and delicate fabrics (ghosting/tinting); embossed seals (sponge mounting); papyrus, batiks, and papercuts (encapsulation); rice paper art; and rigid scrolls. Speaker: Chris Paschke, CPF, GCF, Designs Ink


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