Qualifications held include:

Construction awards alliance - Basic construction skills - Level 1

City & Guilds foundation award - Decorative occupations

City & Guilds Intermediate award - Decorative occupations

City & Guilds Advanced award - Decorative occupations





Thornhill Decorators are proud members of the Painting and Decorating Association, the trade body for proffessional decorators.


The PDA is an organisation dedicated to preserving quality and reliability in the painting and decorating industry, as well as reassuring the consumer when employing a decorator.

To be a member of the PDA, a decorator must be qualified and insured, have a proven track record of quality, must be fully aware of, and conversant in the latest technology related to their job, and must also be prepared to work to the PDA's code of practice.

A PDA affiliated decorator will usually need to be a qualified decorator with an NVQ, or a City and Guilds qualification. Typically, the City and Guilds qualification is seen as a 'minimum' qualification, though it is important to bear in mind that many decorators will have experience rather than a qualification.

PDA decorators are also required to take out insurance. This is for the peace of mind of you, as well as the decorator. Generally, a sole trader will take out a public liability insurance, up to a value of 1,000,000. This will cover possessions and property in the event of any damage caused. Sometimes, the insurance cover will increase to 2,000,000, usually subject to the size or location of a job. In the case of a painting and decorating company with several employees, the employees will each be covered by the employers liability insurance.

PDA members will sometimes be independently assessed on the quality of work, as preserving standards, and working to a high quality is crucial to the reputation of the PDA.

Members of the Painting and Decorating Association must also be conversant in the latest technology affecting their job, and should be prepared to embrace any technology which offers efficiency or quality benefits over previously used technology.

The PDA has a decorators code of practice to which all of its members must work. The code ensures a high quality and consistent standard of work, and also works to reassure consumers.




We have been approved for full membership to The guild of Master Craftsmen


Applicants for the Guild are required to submit confidential references from satisfied customers and one of the first questions asked of all referees is whether or not they would be prepared to recommend the applicant to a relative or close friend. The Guild's council of management include a review of the references when considering the application for membership as well as ensuring all other criteria are met. Only when they are satisfied that the applicant really does deserve to be called a master craftsmen is the application approved. This is about as close as you can get to receiving a recommendation from one of your neighbours or friends.






All of our employees carry up to date cscs cards.

CSCS was set up to help the construction industry to improve quality and reduce accidents.

CSCS cards are increasingly demanded as proof of occupational competence by contractors, public and private clients and others.

To apply for most CSCS cards you have to pass a health and safety test and demonstrate your competence.  To find out which is the right card for you and what you have to do to apply for it check the occupations section of the website.

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