Application Process

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

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

You will also need to fill in the application form (RPT Application (.docx) (.pdf)), 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. A Certificate of Public and Products Liability Insurance must be produced.
4. Professional Outlook – evidence of accounting, letterheads, website etc. must be shown.
5. Evidence that Safe working practices are followed.
6. Agree to adhere to the RPT Code of Practice……

The completed forms should now be sent to or posted to the address below, with six photographs of work, as set out in the form. Please note that there is a one-off non-returnable administration fee of £25 for each application.

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

All applications will initially be considered by the RPT committee. Applicants will be informed if they do not appear to be eligible. If the application is deemed eligible an assessment visit to the applicant’s workshop will be arranged and the applicant will be assessed on the following 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 a look at the style, design, finish and quality, of the applicants work.

The assessors will report their findings and recommendations to the membership Secretary and will then inform the membership committee who will make a final decision based on the information received.

In exceptional circumstances where a workshop visit is not possible, applicants will be expected to send 12 high definition digital photographs of their current work along with 3 physical pieces of current work. Postage and insurance costs for any work sent would be at the applicant’s expense, as would its return. This should all be sent to the above address once advised to do so.

Successful applicants will be accorded all the benefits of membership of the Register of Professional Turners, including a personal entry on the RPT website and the right to wear the prestigious RPT ‘toolrest’ logo along with the shield of the Worshipful Company of Turners emblem once payment of the annual subscription fee (currently £36) has been received.

RPT Application (.docx) (.pdf)RPT sponsors form