Painting and Decorating Contractors of America

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The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) is a non-profit association established in 1884[1] to represent the painting and decorating industry. It was founded as the "Master House Painters Association of the United States and Canada". PDCA has established industry standards, issues publications, and has a contractor accreditation program through Contractor College. Members of PDCA can be found throughout the United States, Canada and other countries. They are served regionally and locally by more than 100 volunteer based Councils, Chapters and Forums.[edit] is PDCA's consumer website, dedicated to connecting homeowners and business owners with qualified, skilled painters they can trust.


The A. E. Robert Friedman/PDCA Scholarship Fund of PDCA was formed in 1978 to honor Bob Friedman on the occasion of his fortieth anniversary as legal counsel for the PDCA. Since 1978, over 158 scholarships have been given to students between the ages of 18 and 24 of any background and career choice that have been nominated by an active member of PDCA. It is intended to show the commitment of PDCA members to supporting the educational efforts of young people in search of promising careers. In 2013, seven scholarships of $3,000 per recipient were awarded, up from five scholarships the previous year.

Annual convention[edit]

The association contributes to an annual convention, the "Paintings and Decorating Expo", which presents new developments in the painting and decorating industry. During the event PDCA presents awards to members of the industry.[2]


PDCA offers online education and an accreditation program at Contractor College. Publications created by PDCA have been recognized by other professional organizations for training purposes and reference.

Industry leadership[edit]

PDCA has connected with a variety of groups to provide services to the painting and decorating profession. Some examples of these initiatives have focused on improving occupational safety and health,[3] and the role of women in painting[4]

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  2. ^ "Painting and Decorating Expo". Retrieved 2010-09-15.
  3. ^ "OSHA". Retrieved 2008-06-17.
  4. ^ "Vermont Works for Women". Retrieved 2008-06-17.

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