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Student and Affiliate grade - applying online

You can now apply for Student or Affiliate membership of CIfA online in one easy step.

There are a wide range of benefits to being a Student or Affiliate member. You have access to all of our publications, can subscribe to The Historic Environement journal at a reduced cost, attend conference at special rates and have access to a range of discounts on goods and publications. For full details of our benefits please see the membership benefits page

What’s different about these grades?

There is one difference however. Student and Affiliate grades are ‘non-accredited’, which means that they are not a professional accreditation in the same way that the accredited grades are (PCIfA, ACIfA or MCIfA). We therefore do not assess your technical competence and, as a result, your name will not be included in the annual yearbook.

We also don’t expect non-accredited members to adhere to the Code of conduct (but we do expect you to support it and work towards adhering to it). Therefore we don’t take up references for this grade, and as a result, joining at these grades is much simpler and quicker than applying for accredited grades.

As a Student member you can continue at this grade for up to one year after your graduation date regardless of employment. We will then automatically transfer you to Affiliate grade or you can consider upgrading to one of our accredited grades.

If you wish to rejoin CIfA at a non-accredited grade you can do so using the re-joiners application form below. If you were previously a Student member and are no longer studying you will need to re-join at Affiliate grade.

You can apply and pay online in one easy step!

How to apply online

You can apply to join, and pay your subscription fee for the remainder of the current financial year, at the same time using the PayPal link below. A PayPal account is not necessary, you can pay by credit or debit card and fill in your details manually.

  1. Choose the correct subscription option below

    • If you are a Student enrolled on an appropriate course, select one of the student options
    • If you are not a student, don’t meet the criteria for accredited membership yet, but wish to join, select one of the Affiliate options. You will also need to pay a £5 application fee for Affiliate membership
  2. Choose whether or not you wish to receive the Journal this adds an additional £24 to your subscription payment at the start of the year for three per year.

  3. Fill in your details in the boxes below and click ‘pay now’.

  4. Either log in to your PayPal account, or complete your card details

  5. We will send you a confirmation letter once your application has been processed, check that your details are up-to-date and ask you to sign and return the Declaration form in order to complete your membership.

Other ways to pay

If you prefer to pay by cheque or Direct Debit, it is easier for you to send a paper form with the fees by post. Please use the application forms at the bottom of this page to send with this.

Subscription options

The payments below cover a full year Subscription 1 April 2015 - 31 March 2016.

Subscription choices
Applicant name
Email address

Downloadable Documents

Guides (Pdf file)

Student and Affiliate Applicants’ Guide

Application/Rejoining forms (Word doc files)

Student Grade Application Form
Affiliate Grade Application Form
Rejoiners’ Form

Ways to pay (Pdf file)

Direct Debit Form

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