Certificate of Merit is one of the state’s largest and most prestigious programs dating back to 1933. Almost 30,000 students enroll statewide in this MTAC program. I am one of the adjudicators for the Northern California area and have had students involved in this program since 1972.
While many students desire the challenge of preparing for a Certificate of Merit, many do not. This program demands serious practice and dedication. In my studio, the option to participate is always there, but it is the choice of the student and not a requirement.