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ASDC by exemption

Course Description

The Associateship of the Society of Dyers and Colourists (ASDC) is the only professional qualification for colourists worldwide. Ultimately gaining this qualification allows the student to apply to be a Chartered Colourist (CCol).

The ASDC can be awarded to a candidate with a good UK honours degree or equivalent qualification with a strong coloration content by exemption. This requires the candidate to provide evidence of their previous qualifications and a number of years’ experience in a colour related occupation.

An Associate shall:

(a) be a member of the Society at the time of application

(b) have one of the following:

(i) passes in the prescribed examinations

(ii) an appropriate honours degree or higher degree in a relevant discipline from an accredited University or College, e.g. NARIC recognised university honours degree

(iii) any other qualification deemed by the Society to be of similar level and content awarded as a result of examinations conducted or supervised by a professional society

(c) have had at least four years’ experience in an appropriate colour related occupation from which period a reduction of not more than two years may be allowed to a candidate holds a degree with appropriate colour content

(d) have demonstrated his/her professional competence in applying his/her knowledge of colour either (i) at interview, or (ii) by the submission of written evidence, such as a dissertation on an approved subject

(e) have submitted his/her application on the official form obtainable from the Society

(f) have paid the prescribed fees

(g) have satisfied the Trustee Board the he/she is worthy of the status

(h) be entitled on Award to use the designation ASDC


A payment is required with your application for Associateship of the Society of Dyers and Colourists. 

£50 is payable with your application, £25 is returnable in the event of a non-successful application.

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Why study this course?

Recognised worldwide for over 50 years this award provides a unique opportunity to attain a professional qualification from the only Professional Body in coloration.

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