For those of you who are new to the blog, a quick explanation of what the Master Sewing and Design Professional Certification Program is all about.
The Master Certification Program is a performance based program
that was developed by the Association of Sewing and Design
Professionals (ASDP). It is based on ASDP’s Standards of Quality
and is open to anyone.
This evaluation of professional custom sewing and design work accomplishes five
• It upholds high standards of workmanship.
• It validates the sewing and design professional's skills.
• It educates the sewing professional in the evaluation of her/his work, aiding in the
development of skills.
• It provides a benchmark of superior quality for the consumer.
• It encourages and attracts new and talented people to be certified.
To qualify for certification an applicant must:
• Submit an application and pay the required module fees.
• Complete all requirements as stated in the Certification Packet.
Upon Completion of the program
• One will receive a certificate and be able to use the Master Sewing and Design
Professional designation on all their business materials.
• Will be required to complete continuing education units
This program consists of seven modules, each with its specific requirements and methods
of evaluation. Upon successful completion of all seven modules, a certificate will be
awarded and the participant will be allowed to use that designation in his/her business.
All evaluators will be carefully screened and approved by the MSDP Board of Directors.
Blind evaluation will be conducted on all modules except Fit, which will be juried in person
by a three member evaluation team, and Business Practices which will be evaluated by a
Small Business Administration Center Director. Applicants will be assigned an
identification number to be used on all submissions. Blind evaluation will be conducted so
evaluators will not know whose work they are evaluating and the applicants will not be
aware of who is evaluating their work.
You can read more about the program and the 7 Modules here, http://www.paccprofessionals.org/assets/documents/asdp_summary_of_master_certification_program.pdf
I was asked to work through the program and give feedback. You may remember that I do have a degree in Fashion Design. Since I began working on the program, a few things have pulled me off course and taken precedence in my life, i.e. a number of unexpected surgeries last year as well as a very large family issue that I needed to deal with this year. But, I'm ready to get back to work, in fact, I will finally take the test for the Textile module next week.
So, a request....
Tuesday blog posts will be devoted to the MSDP Program until I finish the program. My request of you is to help keep me on track. If by chance I do miss a Tuesday, send me a message and ask me why. Actually, now that I've made the commitment, I don't think it will be too, too difficult as I feel very obligated to carry through on what I've agreed to do. Although, support is always a good thing and so many of you have been a great source of support, and I am so very grateful.
You may remember the drafting series I started in January. You can find the posts here, http://www.rhondabuss.blogspot.com/search/label/Drafting%20Basic%20Bodice Next
Tuesday I will pick up where we left off with fitting the bodice and I will also post instructions for drafting a sleeve.
Thanks so much for following along. Hopefully we'll all learn a lot as I work through the process.