Training opportunities

CIfA training courses and workshops

CIfA provides a number of training and CPD opportunities for members and non members covering all aspects of archaeology and the historic environment. Many of these day workshops and courses are run by our Special Interest and Area groups, and are held around the UK. Courses range in both price and format, and are often free for members or offered at a reduced price. Forthcoming courses are listed below.

CIfA also works with partner providers, to offer approved training courses for members and the wider sector. You can find out more about forthcoming courses below.

Each year CIfA runs a three-day conference and training event which includes a number of CPD training workshops in the programme, as well as lots of opportunities for learning from discussion sessions and seminars. You can find further details and the link to our conference webpages below.

If you would be interested in running a training workshop, or would like to see one which covers a particular area, please get in touch with Lianne Birney at lianne.birney [at]

Forthcoming CIfA courses

Most of our training workshops can be booked through Eventbrite. Please go our Eventbrite profile to see and book any forthcoming courses.

21st-century challenges for archaeology

During 2017 the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, in partnership with and funded by Historic England, will be convening discussions and workshops on important issues within the archaeology sector in England. For further information please see here

CIfA Area and Special Interest Groups

Please see individual group's pages or the events calendar for forthcoming events and workshops

CIfA Conference and training event

Every year CIfA hosts a Conference and training event, which includes a range of seminars and workshops. Our next conference will take place on the 19-21 April 2017, in Newcastle.

CIfA endorsed training courses

CIfA is keen to work with training providers to highlight training courses which meet the needs of our members and the wider sector. We also include relevant forthcoming training events in our monthly eBulletin, which are circulated to all members around the middle of each month. If you would like to include your event in the bulletin, please contact admin [at]

Building on the wide range of professional short courses provided by institutions on behalf of the Archaeology Training Forum, CIfA is also happy to recommend courses which meet our CPD guidance. To find out more about how you can gain CIfA endorsement of CPD courses, please see our criteria for endorsement.

Oxford University Department for Continuing Education

Oxford University Department for Continuing Education’s new programme of short courses for the historic environment is now underway for 2017 at Rewley House. Full details of all courses can be found at:

These short practical courses are designed to provide training in key skills, grounded in everyday working experience, for all in the professional and voluntary sectors. They are endorsed by CIfA, the IHBC, the Archaeology Training Forum and FAME and are developed in conjunction with leading heritage practices. Courses are linked to the National Occupational Standards for Archaeology and for Town Planning, Conservation and Building Control. You can download a list of the courses here

Other training courses

Some institutions also provide opportunities for those in work to access training and postgraduate courses in archaeology and heritage management via online or part time courses.

Upcoming training opportunities

The NPPF Decoded – A Practical Problem-Solving Workshop

Historic England - HELM Training
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 from 09:30 to 16:30, London
Book at Eventbrite

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
Miller Building, University of Reading
Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AB

0118 378 6446
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