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Competence matrices

Competence matrix

Every application is assessed on its own merits and on demonstrated technical competence, using a scoring system and Competence Matrix, and ethical competence from references.

We use an adapted competence matrix (below) which has been aligned with the National Occupational Standards in Archaeological Practice (NOS). For a detailed breakdown, please visit the Training Online Resource Centre for Archaeology (TORC) website www.torc.org.uk/

Area of Competence Practitioner (PCIfA) Associate (ACIfA) Member (MCIfA)
Knowledge Good working knowledge of key aspects relevant to area of historic environment practice and competence in its application CIfA Strategic Plan (confidential) [PDF] High level of working and background knowledge relevant to area of historic environment practice and a broad range of activities within that area Authoritative knowledge and depth of understanding of sector and a broad range o historic environment practices
Autonomy Some responsibility for achieving tasks using own judgement and autonomy, whilst working under general supervision. Collaboration with others is expected Considerable responsibility for own work using own judgement and autonomy, in a wide variety of contexts, but within an established framework. Control or guidance of others may often be required Substantial autonomy, takes full responsibility for own work. Where applicable, will also have significant personal accountability for others and/or the allocation of re-sources, in a wide variety of contexts
Coping with Complexity Appreciates complex situations within the role held and able to achieve partial resolution alone. Some activities are complex and non-routine* Copes with complex situations through deliberate analysis and planning. Most activities are complex and non-routine* Deals with complex situations holistically, demonstrates confident decision-making in a broad range of complex, technical or professional activities
Perception of Context Sees actions as a series of steps and recognises the importance of each role in the team Sees actions at least partly in terms of longer-term or wider goals High level of under-standing of overall ‘picture’, sees alternative approaches and how they might be tackled


*We recognise that evaluations, desk-based assessments, watching briefs, conservation plans, environmental assessments, etc, can be complex pieces of work.

Specialist matrices

The CIfA special interest groups are developing matrices for all specialist areas that are possible and we currently have them available for Graphics/Illustrators and Forensics. These should be used as a guide when writing your Statement of competence and applicants should note that the Validation committee will use the standard matrix to score the application but will refer to the specialist matrix as a guide.

Graphics and illustrators matrix guide

Forensic archaeology matrix guide

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