Registered Organisations

CIfA Registered Organisation logo

Our Registered Organisation scheme is open to any business or individual carrying out archaeology services on a commercial basis, universities, museums, curatorial organisations at national and local level, and the voluntary sector. As an Registered Organisation you can:

  • Demonstrate the quality of your work
  • Show you meet a recognised quality benchmark
  • Highlight your contribution to the protection of the historic environment
  • Provide informed and reliable advice
  • Minimise uncertainty, delay and cost for your clients
  • Subscribe to our Code of conduct

We monitor Registered Organisations’ compliance with CIfA regulations every three years through an application and inspection process.

For our list of Registered Organisations please click here


We actively promote the scheme to potential clients through our advocacy work, publications and recruitment activities.

As a Registered Organsiation, you will:

  • receive an annual registration certificate
  • be able to use the CIfA Registered Organisation designation on your website
  • use the CIfA Registered Organisations logo on promotional materials
  • include a directory entry in the CIfA Yearbook
  • be listed on this website under 'Find a Registered Organisation'
  • Free publicity material about the benefits of using ROs for distribution to your clients
  • receive a library copy of The Archaeologist magazine and our professional practice papers

Registering your organisation

Any historic environment organisation may apply. You must pass the following resolution

"All [archaeological/historic environment] work of [the organisation] shall be carried out in accordance with the Code of conduct, the Charter, by-law and regulations of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists"

Registration is based on the identification of a Responsible Post-holder within the organisation. This person is defined as holding

"a position within the management structure of an organisation which represents the highest level of specifically archaeological responsibility, whether or not any other archaeological posts are subordinate to that position"

The Responsible Post-holder must be a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA) and so must join at MCIfA grade before you can apply for registration. To do this, please download an individual membership application. There is an initial application fee (currently £300) for the registration of your organisation. If your organisation is accepted, you will pay an annual fee based on the financial turnover of your historic environment operations.

CIfA's official language is English.

Registering an educational institution

Special offer! Organisations whose role is exclusively either as a Higher Education Institute or curatorial authority will be charged at the lowest subscription rate.

To receive an application pack telephone 0118 966 2841, contact ro [at] or download the following documents. If you have difficulty opening PDF documents you may need to update your adobe reader.

Further information

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
Power Steele Building, Wessex Hall
Whiteknights Road, Earley,
Reading RG6 6DE

0118 966 2841
admin [at]