Entrants to Accredited BAFRA membership are required to have:-
At least five years experience in the profession N.B. four years in the case of BAFRA Associate Graduate members, and have been running their own business for at least two years.
The highest standards in cabinet making and finishing skills plus similarly high standards in some more specialist skills such as gilding, boullework, oriental lacquerwork, textile conservation, upholstery, seat weaving etc.
A thorough knowledge of furniture history.
Two references from clients knowledgeable about furniture are required and BAFRA will need to be certain about their credentials as referees.
Insurance including public liability and professional indemnity.
A BAFRA assessor will visit applicants in their workshops to “examine” their skills and knowledge. They will want to see a number of pieces in before, during and after stages of restoration. The assessor will also look at their business competence and integrity because a high standard of service to the public is mandatory. The report is presented to BAFRA’s Executive Committee who will decide whether to admit the applicant for Accredited Membership. BAFRA is one of only three professional bodies in the conservation-restoration profession to accredit its members, and takes this responsibility very seriously.