The Custom Rod Builders Guild Certification is meant to show different levels of knowledge in rod building. The initial test is a basic knowledge test. It shows basic rod construction techniques, and the ability to explain in an essay about why certain techniques are used in building. This certification is to show a builder has the ability to construct a quality rod.
Additional tests will be available soon that demonstrate a more advanced knowledge of handle making, decorative wraps, decorative weaves, and other things. The process is designed for members to be able to learn, and as they progress in the craft to be recognized with certifications showing the quality of their work.
The Guild is an organization designed to share the art of rod building with others who want to learn. This certification process was designed after that idea in allowing members to learn and achieve specific levels of mastery within the craft.
Two Part Certification Exam
The first part is a demonstration blank. On a separate sheet you will find an illustration of the blank and the layout of the components. An inscription is required on the rod as you would if you were building it for a customer. This is to see how you would present it to someone and to identify whose piece it is.
The second part of the exam is an essay. There are 8 questions and you may choose any 6 of the 8 questions to answer. Please remember that the purpose of the exam is to certify basic rod building knowledge so be thorough.
The certification process is not a "hit or miss" proposition. Should any clarification be needed or if the blank needs tweaking, it is meant to be constructive criticism. Corrections will be reviewed as new. Upon successful completion of this exam you will receive a certificate that you can display to your customers showing that you are guild certified.
Feel free to embellish on your test piece. Additional custom wraps and custom work could get your piece featured in Rod Crafters Journal or on the www.rodguild.com as a featured builder. In addition, as further certifications become available your custom work may qualify as work completed. This means as those certifications become available if you have already submitted the basic piece with professional custom additions you may only need to pay the smaller fees for additional certificates.