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SDC Coloration Qualifications – be recognised as a professional

Wherever you are in your career you can never afford to stop learning. SDC’s unique set of coloration qualifications can make a real difference to your career.

Our internationally recognised qualifications are designed to advance scientific knowledge and vocational skills. Have a look at the summary of SDC qualifications. 

Who are our qualifications for?

Everyone who works with textiles and is involved, either directly or indirectly, with their coloration.


  • Associateship by examination (ASDC) click on link
  • Associateship by exemption (ASDC) see box on right for application form
  • Fellowship (FSDC) see box on right for application form
  • Chartered Colourist (CCol) application click on link – as this is a detailed form you will need to first create a free account for Formsite which will enable you to save, return and edit your form before submission.  The login details will be set by yourself and may therefore be the same or different to your SDC login details when you set this up.

There are two routes to ASDC:

By examination – a candidate must pass all papers, achieving 360 points (See ASDC Prospectus)

By exemption – a candidate with a good UK honours degree or equivalent qualification with a strong coloration content may apply. The assessment process will conclude with an interview.

The Education, Qualifications and Accreditation Board (EQAB) ruled that May 2018 would be the final opportunity for students to take ASDC examinations under the old system. After May 2018, students would be invited to join the ASDC taught course on the Colour Network online learning environment.

‘Achieving this qualification (CCol ASDC) and recognition has had a great impact on me… It’s a unique qualification above the mandatory ones now required in a competitive market.’

‘ASDC proves to be a hallmark when employers are recruiting, there is no other professional qualification that illustrates the colourist’s profile.’

The Turner-Scholefield Award

This award was instituted under the will of the late H A Turner (a former vice-president of the SDC) in memory of Frederick Scholefield (a past president).  The award of £500 is given to a member of the SDC with no more than ten years of relevant experience since first obtaining a Society qualification (LSDC or ASDC) deemed by the Society to have made notable and meritorious contributions to the science and technology of colouring matters and their application. Click HERE to apply.

We’re here to help

If you would like further information or would like to discuss which qualification is right for you please email: or telephone +44 (0) 1274 761773.

Society of Dyers and Colourists

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