IDAL Stencil Certification
Progressive Levels of Excellence
The IDAL Stenciling Certification Program represents the roots of our organization by preserving the legacy craft of stenciling and by promoting its artistry. The program improves and adds value to your set of skills.
IDAL members who have completed this rigorous program have earned the distinction of being the best stencil artisans in our industry.
Certification through the International Decorative Artisans League validates our members' training and education in the decorative art of stenciling.
Members apply for Certification to set a higher standard for their work. Artisans can proudly point to their professional Certification when clients ask for qualifications beyond sample boards.
The IDAL Stenciling Certification program provides an opportunity for League members to have their work juried by the leaders in the field. Only genuinely outstanding work passes the scrutiny of the Stenciling Certification Review Committee.
Certified Stenciler (CS) - our most fundamental level. Select one category in which to undertake your stenciling: wall, fabric, or wood. No stencil cutting requirement.
Certified Stenciling Artisan (CSA) - design and stencil a coordinated room. Complete three coordinating stenciled areas within one room; walls, fabric, wood. Plus a simple stencil cutting requirement.
Certified Stenciling Teacher (CST) - an advanced level for those who have previously passed at CS or CSA level. Applicants must submit a stenciling lesson plan with samples and student reviews.
Certified Master Stenciler (CMST) - IDAL’s ultimate stenciling category. Applicants must have previously passed at CS or CSA level. Stencils used must be hand-cut. Pick three categories from; walls, fabric, wood or your choice of surface and complete stenciling projects of the highest craftsmanship.
Applications for Certification
Pay for the appropriate Certification level and you will be able to download the application. Fill it out electronically or manually and send it to Cathy's address on the form.
In recognition of their outstanding work, IDAL's certified stencilers are
listed under their appropriate designation.
Certified Master Stenciling Teacher (CMST)
This class of certification can only be achieved after the member has earned the title of Certified Master Stenciler (CMS)
Certified Master Stenciler (CMS)
This class of certification can only be achieved after the CS member has earned passing marks in four master categories: wood, walls, fabric, and a free choice of substrate. Each artist's imagination is challenged at this level. Applicants are juried on the basis of their creativity, inventiveness and skilled approach to the coordination of colors and designs. Only truly outstanding work meets this standard of stenciling excellence.
Sara (Sally) Hopkins
Certified Stenciling Teacher (CST)
This level can only be achieved after the member has earned the title of Certified Stenciler. Over 200 teaching hours along with lesson plans, photos and descriptions of visual aids are required. Additionally, former students of the teacher will be asked to return a written critique.
Candy Lewis Duren
Mary Ellen Kilanowski
Mary Jane Malinoski
Certified Stencil Artisan (CSA)
As with its counterpart, the Certified Stenciler (CS), the applicant’s technical abilities (measuring, placement, as well as design and color coordination) are juried. However, the CSA program was created to allow the Certification candidate more artistic freedom in creating a unique design concept.
Margaret Von Kaenel
Certified Stenciler (CS)
Wood, wall, or fabric samples must be completed for this initial level of Certification.
Barbara Scholz Porerie
Mary Ellen Murphy
We have looked-up the some of the most active Certified Stencilers online and listed their contact info below.
If you are an active Certified Stenciler and would be added to the list above, please contact us and let us know.