PTA Category Definitions

Members

All PTA Members since 1975 have passed practical and theoretical examinations to prove their ability as qualified Tuners or Technicians.

Technician Members however have not taken a test in tuning. 

It is only Members of the Association who have the right to use the PTA name and Logo for the purpose of business.

Honorary Life Members

Honorary Life Membership is awarded to Members who have rendered exceptional service to the Association. Honorary Life Membership may only be proposed by the Executive Council and granted by an Annual General Meeting of Members. 

Associates

Associate status may be granted to Piano Tuners, Technicians or Piano Factory Operatives who must

(a) either (i) have successfully trained as a Pianoforte Tuner, Technician or Maker in a reputable factory or workshop for no fewer  than three years, or have successfully completed a course in Pianoforte Tuning or Technical Studies and have subsequently earned a living as a Pianoforte Tuner, Technician or Maker for a period of at least two years.

or (ii) have earned a living as a Pianoforte Tuner, Technician or Maker for at least five years,

(b) at the time of application, currently be engaged in the piano industry,

 

Associate status may be granted to Piano Tuners who are a member of another Tuners' Association and who satisfy the Executive Council that his/her tuning proficiency can be shown to be of a satisfactory standard.

 

Associate status may be granted to Piano Tuners who have earned their living as a Pianoforte Tuner, Technician or Piano Factory Operative for at least seven years.

 

Associates may not publicly advertise their registration and may not use the PTA name or Logo. Associates do not take the PTA test.

Students

PTA Students are those who are receiving instruction at a training establishment or piano workshop acceptable to the PTA. Some PTA Students will have finished their formal training and are waiting to take the PTA Membership Test. Those PTA Students having to wait for 2 years after completion of training (in order to hone thier skills before they may take the PTA Membership Test) become PTA Apprentices; see below. PTA Students may not publicly advertise their registration and may not use the PTA name or Logo.

Apprentices

Any Student having completed their training at a training establishment, course or workshop may be registered as a PTA Apprentice under the terms of Rule 28(e). They may not publicly advertise their registration and may not use the PTA name or Logo.

Patrons

Any person may become a Patron of the PTA upon payment of an annual donation. He/she will be invited to all General Meetings on a non-voting basis, but may not publicly advertise their registration and may not use the PTA name or Logo.