Frequently asked questions
The main ways in which we assist tradesman are:
- recognition of your skill and integrity through your membership, which enables the public to distinguish you from the unskilled.
- publicising The Guild and our high standards through our website, and national and local media, thus creating public awareness about the Guild, your business and our high standards.
- providing a conciliation service dedicated to resolving any disputes between consumers and yourself.
- providing cost savings to yourself, with discounts on a wide range of products and services.
The main requirement to becoming a member of The Guild is to be skilled and professional in your chosen trade. This takes into account all aspects of your work and your business.
After applying to be a member, an assessor will visit your place of work, look at all aspects of your workmanship and your business, and make a decision on your suitability to become an accredited member.
Membership of The Guild is not guaranteed, as potential members need to be assessed before accreditation and it is not necessarily permanent, as Guild members can be expelled from The Guild if their behaviour and/or workmanship are deemed to have fallen below the standard required by our Aims and Objectives and qualifications for membership.
Becoming a craftsman very much depends on the area of specialism you are interested in. There are many colleges that run a variety of courses in many different trades and craft. Some recommended tradesmen and craftsmen offer apprenticeships. For more detailed advice and helpful resources, please see our tips on learning a craft.
Yes, we require four good quality references from previous customers as part of our assessment process.
To find tradesman who are well regarded, first look for their membership or affiliation of a reputable federation or trade association, such as The Guild of Master Craftsmen. Reputable organisations provide assurance that the tradesperson you are employing has been assessed and accredited, and you will receive assistance, should any problems occur. You can search for local tradespeople who are members of the Guild of Master Craftsmen at www.findacraftsman.com.
The Guild of Master Craftsmen assists consumers in several ways. Firstly, we assess all our members for being professional, skilled and worthy of the title of ‘Master Craftsman’. Our regional assessors personally visit every tradesperson. Their workmanship, their procedures and their approach are all closely assessed to meet the high standards of The Guild of Master Craftsmen.
Secondly, through our website, www.findacraftsman.com and our office phone line 01273 478 449, we provide an easy facility for you to locate suitable tradespeople in your area, providing information and contact details.
Finally, in the unlikely case that something does go wrong with your project, we have a conciliation department that is dedicated to resolving any problems, however large or small.
We represent a diverse variety of trades and crafts, both traditional and contemporary. From stonemasons, saddlers and thatchers, to interior designers and PVC manufacturers, the one thing they all have in common is that they are masters of their chosen profession.
The Guild represents over five hundred trades. From general trades associated with building such as plumbers, carpenters and plasterers, through to the more traditional trades like stonemasons, restoration specialists and sash window makers, on to the more unusual and artisan such as kiltmakers, quilt designers and ice sculptors, we have an extremely rich and diverse group of members.
The Guild logo is the most obvious way of identifying a Guild member. This can be displayed in a number of ways: on vehicles, on their website, on advertising materials or on their stationery. Searching for a member on our website, www.findacraftsman.com assures that you can trust a tradesman has been thoroughly vetted. You can also call our office on 01273 478 449 to check if your tradesman is a Guild member. Further information on how to choose a tradesman can be found here.
Yes. Guild members can be expelled from The Guild if their behaviour and/or workmanship are deemed to have fallen below the standard required by our Aims and Objectives and qualifications for membership.
We have a conciliation department dedicated to resolving any problems or disputes between consumers and Guild members.
Choosing a trusted tradesman who is a member of a reputable trade association or federation such as The Guild should always be your first step when planning your project. Ensure you ask to see examples of a tradesman’s work and be wary if they are reluctant to show you. It is always good practice to get a written quote and again, be cautious if they are reluctant to provide one.