There are many similar benefits for being a non-accredited member or professionally accredited with CIfA, these are listed below.
Benefits for accredited professionals (PCIfA, ACIfA, MCIfA)
- Being an accredited professional of CIfA gives you a competitive advantage by demonstrating that you adhere to the highest professional standards, by providing opportunities for networking with other professional archaeologists and for developing your career or business. Read our article why should you become accredited if you work for a Registered Organisation? (PDF) and see our Professional archaeologists webpage.
- Accreditation is increasingly used by employers in recruitment and grading of staff and in determining rates of pay.
- Advocacy is one of our major roles and through this work we influence policy and decision makers as the authoritative and effective voice for archaeologists. This raises the profile of archaeology and drives recognition of your status to achieve professional parity.
- You have the opportunity to be at the heart of developing your profession by getting involved and putting yourself forward for election to CIfA Board of Directors or Advisory Council, voting at the AGM or volunteering on a committee.
- You can use your post nominal (PCIfA, ACIfA or MCIfA) to demonstrate your level of competence and professional accreditation.
- You can choose to be listed in the digital CIfA Directory of accredited professionals that is widely publicised to clients and others.
- You can use your post nominal as formal recognition of a professional qualification by the construction sector to apply for a Professionally Qualified Person card with CSCS. Please note this is changing after 30 April, see link for more information.
Benefits for all members
- Our regular eBulletin, providing updates on CIfA's work and your profession.
- The Jobs Information Service and Training weekly bulletin to help you develop your career or recruit staff and the e-newsletter, Heritage Update.
- The opportunity to join any of our Area and Special Interest groups and discounted entry to events run by them.
- The opportunity to be at the heart of developing your profession by getting involved and volunteering on one of our committees.
- Access to professional practice papers on specialist professional topics, standards and guidance, and good practice (great for CPD),
- Supported professional development aims through CPD and training, including elearning modules, and a discount on our annual CIfA conference, the premier archaeological conference in the UK.
- Professional pathways scheme with regular bulletins to help members throughout their careers and to understand the competence requirements for professional accreditation.
- The Archaeologist magazine(3 times a year) full of expert opinions on interesting topics (online version for Students and available as an option to members).
- Access to Professional Archaeology: a guide for clients and digital CIfA Directory of accredited professionals.
- A discounted rate for the peer reviewed journal The Historic Environment, Policy and Practice.
Other discounts and benefits
- Claim tax relief (PDF) on your subscription if you are a UK tax payer as well. You will find us under 'A' on the HM Revenue & Customs approved list
- Various discounts from Towergate Insurance
- Verification of new UK passport applications, get in touch
- Up to 20% discount at Dell Technologies
- Free in-person access to the Society of Antiquarians of London library
- Access to an arbitration scheme in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
- The option to include a 20 word profile in the advertising section of the CIfA Client Guide (see above) for a discounted rate of £75.