The following provides a possible range of subjects for philatelic training or education courses. Please provide an assessment of how useful each subject might be for you.
    If you think there should be other subjects please add and rate them at the end of the table.

    Your response, along with others will be used to determine priorities for developing a course and may determine how it might be delivered in the short term. New Zealand Philatelic Federation (NZPF) will, develop a time frame for a full range of courses.

    As a collated report needs to be available for the NZPF executive committee at their 29 July meeting we would appreciate your response before 22 July 2017.

    Subjects for courses

    1 Collecting and collections

    1.01 Organising and managing collections

    1.02 Appraising for resale or disposal

    1.03 When is insurance needed?

    1.04 How to choose the right album

    1.05 Archival storage

    1.06 Collecting vs accumulating

    1.07 Understanding the terminology

    1.08 Sources of material

    1.09 Tools of the collectors and their uses

    2 Stamp specifics

    2.01 Use of catalogues

    2.02 Identifying material not in catalogues

    2.03 Overprints, underprints, perfins, etc

    2.04 Design and production of stamps

    2.05 Understanding grades of stamps

    2.06 Flaws, errors, etc.

    2.07 Phosphor papers and tagging

    2.08 Watermarks

    2.09 Measuring perforations accurately

    2.10 Paper - thickness, manufacturing, mesh, etc.

    2.11 Forgeries, re-gumming, repairs, re-perforations, fake cancels, etc.

    2.12 Condition of stamps

    3 Computer use in philately (specifics covered in other subjects)

    3.01 General computer use in philately

    3.02 Philatelic information on the internet

    3.03 Scanning, displaying and uploading stamp images

    4 Specialised collecting/exhibiting

    4.01 Why and how to become a specialised collector

    4.02 Methods of organising collections and mounting material

    4.03 Where to find information - research

    5 Types of collecting/exhibiting

    5.01 Postal History

    5.02 Traditional

    5.03 Aerophilately

    5.04 Astrophilately

    5.05 Maximaphily

    5.06 Thematics

    5.07 Topical

    5.08 Open

    5.09 First Day Covers

    5.10 Revenues

    5.11 Picture postcards

    5.12 Cinderellas

    5.13 Other related collectables

    5.14 Ephemera

    6 Exhibiting

    6.01 Exhibiting for beginners

    6.02 How to write up an exhibit

    6.03 Designing exhibit layouts

    6.04 Factors in judging

    7 Buying and selling

    7.01 Problems when purchasing online and how to avoid them

    7.02 Buying and selling on the internet

    7.03 Buying and selling in general

    7.04 Selling duplicates and excess inventory

    7.05 Buying and selling at auctions

    7.06 Issues dealers face

    8 Shows

    8.01 Organising non-competitive displays

    8.02 Getting the most out of a stamp show

    9 Clubs/societies

    9.01 How to get the most out of membership

    9.02 Responsibilities of officers in a club

    9.03 Managing a local club

    9.04 Preparing a club newsletter

    9.05 Giving presentations to groups about stamps

    9.06 Products and services offered by clubs

    9.07 How to run circuits

    10 Future of philately

    10.01 How to interest people in philately

    10.02 The future of postage stamps

    10.03 Resources to get people started in philately

    11 Other please specify




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