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Phase I : Pilot project in Luang Prabang

Multilevel craft specific certification system

Bronze casting at Luang Prabang training center

The Project Team designed a certification system as follows:

 

Trainees at the UNESCO Training Centre for Laotian Traditional Arts and Building Crafts Luang Prabang can obtain craft specific certification in the following increasing degrees of professional competence:


Apprentice Certificate

  • Awarded upon examination by certified Artisans or Masters
  • Apprentices are allowed to work for Artisans or Masters in return for instruction in arts or crafts

 

Artisan Certificate

  • Awarded upon examination by certified Artisans or Masters, but only after  two years in craft specific training after the issuance of the Apprentice Certificate
  • Artisans are allowed to teach Trainees and Apprentices in the art or craft for which they hold the Artisan Certificate
  • Artisans are allowed to carry out their art or craft individually, but only under the supervision of a Master

 

Master Certificate

  • Awarded upon examination and certification by other Masters, but only after a period of at least two years following the award of the Artisan Certificate
  • Masters are allowed to teach Artisans in the art or craft for which they hold the Master Certificate
  • Masters are allowed to carry out their art or craft individually
  • Masters are allowed to supervise that part of a work for which they hold the Master Certificate

 

Trainees can qualify for more than one certificate during their career, and they can obtain craft specific certification in increasing levels of competence. The certificates are officially recognized by the Laotian authorities and are therefore a tool for poverty reduction. When a novice/monk trainee disrobes (and most of them do, as only a few monks stay in the temple their whole life), certification allows them to start their own business or work for others in the arts and building craft business. Disrobing monks aside, when the project is requested to carry out decoration work, only certified monks are allowed to participate, guaranteeing quality of the work.

 

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