Chartered Archaeologists? Have your say!

At the launch of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists in December 2014, we announced our intention to start consulting members and the sector on the desirability of amending the Charter in future to allow us to confer Chartered status on individual members. Since then, we have held workshops in Glasgow, London, York, Bristol, Manchester and Edinburgh and conference sessions in Leicester and Newcastle. We have also held two discussions sessions with our Advisory Council and discussed at Groups’ Forum, with the CIfA Wales Group and with the CIfA Board and staff. Feedback from the wider membership has been sought via an online survey. As part of the process, we have spoken to the Professional Associations Research Network and looked at how Chartered status is granted by a wide range of professional bodies, including

  • Institute of Chartered Foresters
  • Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors
  • Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
  • The Textile Institute
  • The Science Council (Chartered Scientist)
  • The Landscape Institute
  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
  • Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Royal Institute of British Architects
  • The Society for the Environment (Chartered Environmentalist)
  • The Engineering Council (Chartered Engineer)

Views expressed have been many and varied but a number of key principles have emerged, informing the development of a Proposal for the assessment of a Chartered Archaeologist grade for discussion and consultation in the run-up to the CIfA AGM in 2017, where members will be asked to vote on a motion instructing staff to proceed to detailed legal drafting. If the membership are in agreement, a proposed amendment to the Charter and supporting regulations will be brought to the 2018 AGM. FAQs have been produced to try to answer points raised so far and these will be updated as more queries are recieved.

You can read a discussion report summarising the results of the workshops here

For further discussions about Chartered Archaeologist status, click on the following links

Chartered Archaeologist Q&A - CIfA Conference, Leicester 2016

Link to recordings

Chartered Archaeologist: accrediting competence on a global scale? - CIfA Conference, Newcastle 2017

Link to recordings

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