Who can join?
Individual membership is open to anybody who wishes to support or be involved with the Institute’s work, and agrees to be bound by its Code of conduct. If you wish to be a corporate member you need to demonstrate your technical and ethical competence using the Competence Matrix found in the Applicant’s handbook. Corporate membership is open to anybody working within the historic environment, whether employed or voluntarily.
Affiliate membership is open to you if you have an interest in the historic environment but are not in a position to join at a corporate grade. You can also join as a Student member if you’re enrolled upon a relevant university course and for up to one year afterwards.
IfA membership comes with a number of membership benefits. If you would like to know more about some of our members, or are unsure if you are eligible to join because of the nature of your role, the following brochure may be of interest to you.
- Download IfA Brochure (pdf file)
How to apply
You should read the applicants’ handbook before you apply to make sure you understand what to submit. If you are applying to join as a Student or an Affiliate member you may find the student and affiliate applicants’ guide more relevant. You can also join online at www.archaeologists.net/join/individual/onlineapp
You should complete and submit the correct form together with the relevant application fee (see below). These are the fees to process your application. Once your application has been accepted, you will then be asked to pay the subscription fee. There is no application fee to upgrade.
Those applying at a corporate grade are also required to submit a Statement of Competence and at least three examples of work as supporting documentation, please see the Applicants’ Handbook for details. Although evidence is not required at PIfA grade we encourage applicants to submit work. Applicants must also nominate two referees. Please contact them before you apply to make sure they are suitable and willing. One should be from your current or most recent employer. For Member grades it is likely you will need a second reference to be a curatorial reference. Student and Affiliate applicants no longer need to include referees.
When will I hear?
We will write to you to confirm we have received your application and ask you for any additional information we think you need to supply at that point. Applications for corporate membership are decided by the Validation committee which meet every eight weeks.
Applications that are received three weeks or less before a Validation committee meeting will be processed for the subsequent meeting unless we receive both references promptly.
Application Deadlines and Validation Committee meetings 2013
25 June for 16 July meeting
20 August for 10 September meeting
15 October for 05 November meeting
You will hear back from us after the meeting with the committees decision. If you think you have waited too long to hear back from us please get in touch.
Applications for Affiliate and Student membership are decided by office staff. You will hear back from us once we have processed your application.
How to upgrade or rejoin
For information on how to upgrade your level of membership, please see section 2.1 of the Applicants’ Handbook and follow the guidelines as for new members. There is no fee to upgrade, but please remember to submit a PDP and CPD log with your upgrade application.
For information on how to rejoin the Institute, please see the grey box on page 10 of the Applicants’ Handbook and fill out a rejoiners’ form (see below). There is no fee to rejoin, but once your application has been accepted, you will be asked to pay a subscription fee. The rejoiner process is not open to self-validated members who originally joined before 1986, who will need to reapply as above for new members.
Information for referees
When nominated as a referee please ensure you return your reference promptly, within two weeks of receiving the request from us. You can do this by post or email email@example.com. This is so that applications are not deferred for another committee meeting as they are 8 weeks apart.
Please inform the applicant and the IfA office if you do not consider yourself a suitable referee. If you are unable to send this in within the time frame, please aim to do so before the next committee meeting. Late references are the most common reasons for applications being delayed or deferred. Please see the events calendar for meeting dates. Referees for corporate grade applicants may find our reference template useful (see below).
Please use the table below to download the relevant forms. If you have difficulty opening PDF documents you may need to update your adobe reader
Guides/Handbooks (pdf files, unless where stated)
Application/Rejoining forms (Word doc files)
Student Grade Application Form
Affiliate Grade Application Form
Corporate Grade Application Form
(for Practitioner, Associate or Member grade applications) Rejoiners’ Form Template for describing competence (for Corporate grade applications)