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Conservation training

The only formal and accredited training course in conservation in the Netherlands begins with module conservation and restoration of cultural heritage at the University of Amsterdam, which can be followed by a relevant bachelor degree. Or alternatively, after taking this module students can choose a specialisation, which will be followed by a two year masters degree. This is a combination of academic interdisciplinary subjects such as art history, history of restoration and conservation science, and practical lessons. The central part of the last semester forms a thesis in which students are required to present their own research. After having successfully completed the Master, the students may call themselves restoration experts. In order to become a certified restorer graduates must follow a further two-year training in their chosen specialisation, the so-called post-initital-training (PI).

During the first year of the PI students of painting restoration work at SRAL in Maastricht where, in addition to practical work, they are also required to attend lectures and workshops. Historic interior students work alongside SRAL restorers on location. In the second year, the student takes up an internship in another accredited restoration studio either in The Netherlands or aboad. The post-initial-training ends with a final thesis. www.uva.nl



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