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CIfA Approved Training and CPD

CIfA Approved Training & CPD logo

CIfA Approved Training & CPD is our brand name for training and CPD approved by us. It is a quality mark - any training, CPD or other learning opportunity carrying this logo will have been assessed against a set of learning criteria.

A wide range of learning opportunities have already been approved. Some Registered Organisations have had their in-house employee training approved and our own annual conference and CIfA Group events have also been approved.

We ask the learning opportunity leader to submit written evidence to support an application to become CIfA Approved Training & CPD and this is assessed against a set of criteria.  

Any CIfA Approved Training & CPD learning opportunity may be randomly selected for reassessment at any time.

If you would like further information please contact Anna at

Advertising your courses with CIfA

Our weekly Jobs Information Service & Training (JIST) bulletin is the most comprehensive source of information about work and training opportunities in archaeology and related disciplines. It is available to CIfA members free of charge and non-members or Institutions for a fee. It includes adverts placed directly by employers and all archaeological, heritage, research and training opportunities that appear in the national press and specialist journals during that week.


Historic England has been working with CIfA and employers across the sector in the development of apprenticeships for those working in Historic Environment occupations. See the Historic England Apprenticeships in the Heritage Sector page, or email for further information

National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in Archaeological Practice

Successful NVQ candidates

The NVQ in Archaeological Practice level 3 was developed by and is available through CIfA to everyone working in archaeology, on a paid or a voluntary basis, or anyone seeking to develop a career in archaeology who can gather appropriate evidence and helps to demonstrate that they have particular set of skills, competencies or experience which will be of benefit when applying for jobs, promotion or CIfA accreditation at Practitioner (PCIfA) grade.  

Take a look at successful NVQ3 candidates talking about the scheme in the following YouTube videos.

For more information about NVQs email

Accredited Degrees

Choosing an accredited undergraduate or Masters degree is a well-established career entry route in many sectors including engineering, planning and architecture, and is widely recognised as the first step on a career pathway leading to professional status. CIfA and UAUK have developed a scheme to accredit degrees in the UK.

For more information, see our Accredited Degrees page or email Anna at