CREDIT SYSTEM - explained
The Guild of Taxidermists runs the only qualification for taxidermists within the UK. The system is built around a certain amount of credits that a member can earn. There are only two types of credits: STANDARD credits and HIGHER credits.
The judging is conducted by a team of qualified members who will examine the work and pass comment on anatomical accuracy, quality of workmanship and finishing. If the piece is of a suitable standard, then a Standard credit is awarded.
Specimens need to be of an exceptionally high standard in the following categories:
Rules for Judging Higher Credits
It is possible for a Higher credit to be awarded at any time, for any piece that is judged to be of a high enough standard. Opportunities to present specimens for judging are given at each of the Conferences (AGMs) and at seminars. Higher credits can only be awarded at a Conference.
Accredited is a qualification that can be gained by showing an all-round capability in the field of taxidermy. To achieve this status, a taxidermist must present for judging a total of six mounts covering the following three categories:
Six Standard credits (provided there is at least one credit in each of the three categories) will earn an Accredited status.
The taxidermist must present for judging six specimens over a period of time within one of the following five categories with the aim of becoming a Specialist in that category:
Again the specimens are judged as above and once six Standard credits are earned in, for example, the bird category, that taxidermist is then awarded ‘Bird Specialist’. The same can be achieved for each category.
The credits awarded in Accredited membership can be carried over to earn Specialist membership.
The highest qualification in the Guild is that of Master. To achieve such an award, a taxidermist must gain any of three Higher credits within the same of the following categories:
Three Higher credits in one category will achieve Master status for that category. For example, three Higher credits for bird mounts will earn the title of Master Bird Taxidermist.
This indicates a taxidermist who is still learning and working toward a qualification.