Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC)

The SDC is the outstanding provider of colour education, offering a range of internationally recognised coloration courses and qualifications. Our mission is to educate the changing world in the science of colour. Founded in 1884, the SDC became a registered charity in 1962 and was awarded a Royal Charter in 1963. The SDC remains the only organisation in the world able to award the Chartered Colourist status. The SDC works globally, with worldwide membership and is a centre for networking and community engagement amongst the coloration industry.


SDC members in possession of Chartered Colourist status shall be required to maintain their status by undertaking a minimum of 30 hours per annum of approved continuing professional development (CPD), a record of which will be retained by the Society and reviewed annually. Members who do not provide this evidence will not be entitled to use the designation CCol.

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