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 per class for Members and are $199 per class for Non-Members. Very often we will offer a complimentary class as an added value to your visit with us.

*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 per class for Members and are $199 per class 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 (with lunch break)

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 (with lunch break)

This course will help you recognize and correct problems with finished garments. You will also learn to properly communicate these adjustments to your CMT house to help eliminate problems with finished garments. Marking for alterations should be done succinctly and using standard markings that are universally understood. This course will address the most common fitting problems, the solutions, and proper marking techniques for each.

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

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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Measuring Jeans & Growth Potential Selling NOT Just Jeans – Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 3:30 PM

50% more jeans sold were sold in 2017. Add casual shirts & jackets to that number and you are looking at growth potential for your business. This course will take you through a price comparison of jeans versus dress pants, give examples on how to up-sell with jeans, and show you how to measure specifically for jeans, which is different than measuring for traditional pants. Learn how different fabric varieties (such as non-stretch denim, stretch denim, non-stretch micro corduroy, stretch corduroy, non-stretch peach finish cotton, stretch cotton peach finish and many others) change the measurements altogether. Live demonstrations to show fit & measuring the actual jean not on the model.

This course includes a FREE SPECIAL PRESENTATION. Please register here in advance.

Advanced Fabric Knowledge (2 Hours) – Sunday, January 21st at 4 PM

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. Please register here in advance.

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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Custom Shirts (2 Hours)

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.

Offered at our convention in July 2018.

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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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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.

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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.

Custom Shirts (2 Hours)

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.

Offered at our convention in July 2018.

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