I’ll be setting off to Harrogate later this afternoon. BOHS Conference takes place there this week, starting on Tuesday. However, I’m up there a day early as we’re running a one day Diploma Exam preparation workshop or “taster day”.
There are very few people who hold the Diploma and not many candidates sit the exam – usually only one or two a year. The Faculty wants to try and encourage Licentiates to take the Diploma and upgrade their membership and have asked us to run this workshop as part of that effort.
The problem with the Diploma is that there isn’t a proper syllabus and potential candidates don’t know what to expect. This is a major issue that needs to be addressed, but it would take a lot of effort to pull one together. The workshop will, hopefully, help candidates understand what is required and by working through some past questions they can practice their exam technique and identify areas where further study is required as part of their exam preparation.