Application Process

If you are a professional turner and you meet the criteria, are willing to adhere to the Code of Conduct, and you wish to apply to be entered on to the Register then the application procedure is as follows;

You will need two sponsors, both of whom should be current Registered Professional Turners each of whom should complete the sponsors form (RPT sponsors form). If you are unable to find two RPTs you should apply for advice to the membership secretary. A person in a position of responsibility and jugment in the world of craft, such as the chair of a County Craft Guild, or the owner of a reputable gallery might be an acceptable substitute.

You will need to fill in the application form (RPT Application), paying particular attention to the Register’s selection criteria, and code of conduct, which are set out here.

Selection criteria

1. Quality of Work – requisite skill level must be shown.
2. Execution of work must be demonstrated to be of high standard.
3. Certificate of Public and Products Liability Insurance must be produced.
4. Professional Outlook – evidence of accounting, letterheads, website etc. must be shown.
5. Safe working practices are followed.
6. Agree to adhere to the Code of Practice……

The forms should be completed and sent to or posted to the address below, with the six photographs of work as set out in the form. There is a one-off non-returnable administration fee of £25 for applications.

This should be sent preferably by BACS (please contact the treasurer for details)
– by cheque posted to
The Register of Professional Turners
Skinners’ Hall,
8 Dowgate Hill,
London, EC4R 2SP.

All applications will be considered initially by the committee of the Register. Applicants will be informed if they do not appear to be eligible. If the application appears to suggest that the applicant is eligible a workshop visit will be arranged. Two assessors will visit the applicant’s workshop, the visit will consist of 5 elements. An informal interview,compliance with health and safety,proof that the applicant is running a business an observation of the applicant turning and look at the style and design, finish and quality of the applicants work.

The assessors will then report back their findings and recommendations for acceptance or non acceptance to the membership secretary who will then inform the committe who will make an acceptance decision.

In exceptional circumstances where a workshop visit is not possible, applicants would be expected to send 12 digital photographs of current work, and 3 actual pieces of current work. Postage and insurance costs for any work sent would be at applicant’s expense, as would the return of it. This should be sent to the above address once advised.

Successful applicants will be accorded all the benefits of membership – including an entry on the RPT web page – upon receipt of the annual subscription fee (currently £25).

RPT ApplicationRPT sponsors form