Tabitha Lawrence PCIfA (11170)

Upgrading to Practitioner grade

I currently work within commercial archaeology in the South East. Just over a year ago I moved to Cambridge to work at Pre-Construct Archaeology, before moving to Colchester where I now work for the Colchester Archaeological Trust. I’ve been lucky to work on lots of varied sites with some lovely people who have taught me so much already.

I applied for PCIfA as I saw it as an opportunity to develop my volunteer work on a CIfA Special Interest Group committee. I volunteer as Secretary for the Early Careers Group, which aims to support and encourage those in the early stages of their archaeological careers (like me). I find it rewarding and positive for my own career, forming links with others in archaeology and promoting changes and ideas within our sector. 

The application process can appear a bit daunting at first, so I would definitely ask other accredited members for their advice. I asked my supervisors and Project Officers for help with my application, especially with editing my statement of competence to show how my work met the criteria in the matrix. I also relied on the guidance produced by CIfA for extra help.