What is PictureFramingTraining.com?

PictureFramingTraining.com is a portal website which brings together a group of fully qualified Guild Accredited picture framing trainers, educators, and examiners. It allows you to access high quality training and choose the best trainer and location to meet your needs.

The trainers are all business owners and we got to know each other through our voluntary work at the Fine Art Trade Guild, specifically while working with the Framing Standards and Qualifications Committee.

We are Alec, Geertjan, Ian, Janneke, Jo and Sharon-Lee. After many years of experience we remain passionate about what we do, and are intent on providing the best training in our industry. Between us, we’ve written articles for industry magazines, CPD content for Fine Art Trade Guild members, conducted in-person and online workshops & seminars and provided technical support for Guild members. Responding to demand for high quality, no-nonsense training and business advice, PictureFramingTraining.com was born.

Steven McKee GCF(APF) Adv.

This concept honours our dear friend, colleague and Sharon-Lee’s husband, the late Steven McKee GCF(APF) Adv. Steven was an internationally renowned framing trainer and educator. He was the first framer to achieve all three of the Fine Art Trade Guild’s GCF Advanced modules and was passionate about the importance of sharing knowledge and learning new skills.



We are all working bespoke framers. Each of us started our own business from scratch and we now run successful and profitable enterprises. Between us we have over 150 years of combined experience… and counting.


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We are all Fine Art Trade Guild Accredited trainers, and all have the GCF (Guild Certified Framer) qualification. All of us hold the three available GCF Advanced qualifications. The ‘GCF Advanced’ are specialist subject modules, and cover Conservation Framing, Textile Framing, and Mount Design & Function. There is at least one GCF examiner at each training location.


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We have all been actively involved in setting industry standards, and developing best working practice. We’ve helped produce study material and CPD articles to support the GCF qualifications. We have day to day experience of successfully applying this knowledge in our own businesses.