Education Program

CTDA 2018 Class Schedule

The 2018 class schedule is now posted. Classes will be offered in New York City in January and July. Scroll down to see the class descriptions and schedule.

Classroom Location:
London Hotel NYC
151 West 54th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenue)
New York, New York 10019

Class fees are $99 for Members and are $199 for Non-Members.

*Refund Policy: Only class credits will be issued with a one year expiration date.

Master Tailor/Designer Certification

The retailer of custom tailored clothing requires special skill and education. This type of education is not readily available through traditional sources. The CTDA, created and supported by the custom clothing industry and certified master tailors, is the premier educational organization in America to obtain all the skills necessary to build a successful custom clothing business. The program provides extensive training in all aspects of the custom clothing industry from Measuring to Business Development. All courses are taught by industry experts with extensive knowledge and experience in the course subject.

The Education Program is offered in January and July at the DFNY shows in Manhattan, New York, and can be completed in a minimum of 1.5 years. The Seven (7) Courses total approximately twenty five (25) hours of class time, and are structured to cover each topic from two (2) to five (5) hours in length.

Class fees are $99 for Members and are $199 for Non-Members.

Earn a Master Custom Designer or Master Custom Clothier Certification.

The following requirements are required:

  1. Complete and pass all seven (7) courses of the CTDA Education Programs, and
  2. Provide documented proof of more than four (4) years experience in the custom clothing industry. CTDA Vendor references count as documented proof.

Upon completion of the requirements, the certification “MASTER CUSTOM DESIGNER” or “MASTER CUSTOM CLOTHIER” will be awarded with a Professional Certificate suitable for framing, as well as special recognition in all CTDA Marketing Materials (CTDA Website, Annual Program, Newsletters and Social Media Platforms). A press release template can be provided upon request.

Class Descriptions

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Measuring (4 hours) – Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 9 AM

This course covers measuring for all custom garments including jackets, pants, and shirts. The time will be divided between classroom instruction and hands-on demonstrations. Standard measurement ranges, recognition of posture problems, illustrations of “putting the goods where they belong”, and guidelines on establishing clear understandings on allowances with your CMT house will all be included.

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Offered again at our convention in July 2018.

Fitting & Alterations (5 Hours) – Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 10 AM

This course covers measuring for all custom garments including jackets, pants, and shirts. The time will be divided between classroom instruction and hands-on demonstrations. Standard measurement ranges, recognition of posture problems, illustrations of “putting the goods where they belong”, and guidelines on establishing clear understandings on allowances with your CMT house will all be included.

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Business (5 Hours) – Monday, January 22, 2018 at 10 AM

This course is divided into three sections: a) Business Development, b) Business Systems, and c) Industry Standards and Development. Business Development includes overviews of business structures; guidelines on defining a market; sales systems and methods; setting gross margins; compensation models; and development of resources. Business Systems will include selling techniques; delivery and follow through; and profit considerations. Industry Standards and Development will include ethics; customer service policies; and industry involvement.


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Blue Pencil (3 Hours)

This course is meant to help you understand how the measurements and posture descriptions you send to your CMT shop affect the garments they make for you. The course will cover common pattern changes, including explanations and recognition of different postures which warrants the changes. Blue pencil is a step that is taken before the garment is made.


Offered at our convention in July 2018.

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Fabric Knowledge (2-3 Hours)

This course covers an understanding of the quality of fabrics, fabric care, uses, performance, weights, yarn dyes and production processes. This course is designed to provide a solid foundation in fabric principles, and a better understanding of how to help clients select the right fabric for the right reasons. This course includes extensive printed materials.


Offered at our convention in July 2018.

Custom Shirts (2 Hours) – Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 3 PM

This course covers understanding the elements of style as it relates to shirts – including color, fabric, anatomy of/ a shirt and collars, cuff styles, trims and appliqués, and balance.

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Style (2 Hours)

This course deals with recognizing silhouettes and details and understanding how to apply them appropriately to each body type. From jackets, pants and overcoats to shirts, the clothier must be an expert at manipulating style for the customer.


Offered at our convention in July 2018.

Advanced Fabric Knowledge (2 Hours)

This course covers an advanced understanding of the quality of fabrics, fabric care, uses, performance, weights, yarn dyes and production processes. This course is designed to provide an advanced understanding of how to help clients select the right fabric for the right reasons. This course includes a FREE SPECIAL PRESENTATION.


This is a special presentation complimentary of the CTDA. Most likely it will be offered again at our convention in July 2018.