CIfA champions professionalism in archaeology. Our overall goal is for clients to engage only professionals with the necessary skills to carry out archaeological services.
To achieve this it is critical that our members engage with professional development. As a CIfA member, you should ensure that you have the appropriate skills and knowledge for the archaeological work you do and to keep those skills up to date. Professional development refers to this process. It is the generalised process of gaining the skills, knowledge and experience which allow an archaeologist to develop their career and their reputation. It is an ongoing process which may be related to current your job role, future professional aspirations or more personal goals and objectives. Responsibility for your professional development lies, ultimately, with you, although other people including employers, colleagues and CIfA will be able to help along the way.
For CIfA members the professional development pathway includes
Upgrading accredited membership - to reflect the level of responsibilities you hold and demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have. We have also developed specialist matrices to assist those working in specialist areas to see how they can demonstrate the criteria.
CIfA produces a good practice guide for professional development for Registered Organisations (ROs) and others who employ archaeologists. You can find information on short courses and other training opportunities that may be useful. It includes a set of definitions to aid understanding, ideas for developing training and professional development plans for evaluating success, together with a list of resources. Our training toolkit can support early career development for archaeologists in your Registered Organisations or other business.