What is the value of a certificate? For who is it important ? For me, for an employer, customer or client?
In the time that I was looking for a nice job I was rejected by my diplomas; 'too highly qualified'. For other jobs, which I think I would have been very suitable for, I was rejected because the knowledge I had was not on paper.
And when I started for myself, first as a floral designer and later I got into the Encaustic world, there was no one who ever asked me for a diploma or a certificate. I give Encaustic workshops, but I didn't follow an Encaustic course when I started. I teach, but never learned to be a teacher.
With a certificate or diploma you can prove that you have completed the knowledge and that there is the potential to do something valuable with it. But it says nothing about how you share the knowledge, whether you are curious, dare to make mistakes, dare to experience new things. It does not tell whether you can reflect or experiment. You cannot capture this in a piece of paper.
In the world of art it is even more difficult to determine whether or not someone deserves a diploma or certificate. Who determines whether a work of art is beautiful? Does it have to do with technique skills? Own expression? The time that someone has invested in creating a work of art?
Yes, I am slightly allergic to certificates.
And yet ... there is another side to which certificates are great.
It is the recognition of your commitment and perhaps also an incentive to do something with it.
Perhaps it gives confidence to give Encaustic courses yourself. Or create paintings for sale. And in that respect, a certificate is an addition. Because we would like to give you the recognition to allow you to grow further and if it can work as an incentive for further development, then we only encourage that.
In that respect, a certificate is an absolute GO!
So if you finished a course you will receive a certificate of completion.
A recognition from us for YOU!