CPD for stained glass conservators

Continued Professional Development (CPD) and training opportunities and resources

The University of York has a 2-year MA course in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management.

The Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass provide support through their range of awards, scholarships and competitions. A forty-week Award for Excellence and a ten-week Ashton Hill Award give new and emerging glass artists and conservators beneficial work experience in prestigious studios and invaluable contacts within the industry, and CPD grants are available to those with at least five years’ experience for further training.

The SPAB Fellowship is designed to broaden the skills and experience of craftspeople from any trade. The six-month programme is divided into three blocks of two months, enabling Fellows to return to work between blocks.

For training in the principles of conservation, and the materials and scientific processes involved in conservation, the distance-learning course Chemistry for Conservators provides a good foundation.

For training in glass painting, Jonathan Cooke delivers a glass painting masterclass (suitable for all levels), and an additional course on enamels and silver stain (as a continuation of the masterclass, or for those with prior experience in glasspainting), at the University of Wales Trinity & St. David’s.

Health and Safety

Working in stained glass conservation involves working with lead and with certain chemicals on a regular basis, which poses risk to health. The Health and Safety Executive website provides guidance and information on current workplace regulations (in the UK) relating to working safely with these substances, and what the responsibilities of employers, employees and the self-employed are.

Further Training for Site Work

  • For training in erecting tower scaffolding please visit PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers and Manufacturers Association)
  • For training to operate a cherry picker or other powered access device please visit IPAF (International Powered Access Federation)