With roots going back to 1857, the Scottish Decorators’ Federation (SDF) is Scotland’s trade association for the painting and decorating industry.

Our members undertake approximately 75% of the painting and decorating work in Scotland.

We exist to be the voice for the reputable, qualified decorator and to improve the image of the industry.

We are an influential, lobbying body and provide our members with access to the latest knowledge, training and skills and by negotiating with UCATT (Union of Construction, Allied Trades & Technicians) on wage and conditions for the industry.

Education is at the heart of the Federation and we have a proud heritage of driving broad-based training and regulation within the industry.

Our National Training Group , in partnership with CITB, provides all the post-apprenticeship training required by the industry in a convenient location for our members.

Our apprenticeship registration arm, the Scottish Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship Council (SPADAC), was established in 2009 at the request of the industry. It is a partnership with CITB and SQA and now registers 80% of CITB’s apprentices in Scotland.

A group of English contractors applied to join the SDF and in 2011 their own English branch was established in Leicester as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the SDF, called the British Decorators’ Federation (BDF).