Student and Affiliate grade - applying online

If you prefer to pay by cheque or Direct Debit, please print out and complete the application forms at the bottom of this page, and post to us with the fees or Direct Debit mandate.

Student and Affiliate member benefits

You can:

  • access all of our publications to help with research and career development
  • subscribe to The Historic Environment Journal at a reduced cost
  • attend conference at special rates
  • receive the weekly Jobs Information Services and Training (JIST) and monthly ebulletin free of charge
  • Get discounts on products and services

For full details of our benefits please see the membership benefits page.

About Student and Affiliate membership

As a Student or Affiliate member you are not professionally accredited. We do not assess your technical competence and you are not expected to adhere to the Code of conduct - but we do expect you to support it and work towards it. You do not need to supply references.

You can continue as a Student member for up to one year after your graduation date regardless of your employment status. We will then automatically transfer you to Affiliate member or you can consider upgrading to be an accredited member.

If you wish to re-join 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.

How to apply on-line

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. You will receive a confirmation email from PayPal once you have made payment and this also means that we have received your application and will be processed in due course. Once we have processed your application we will ask you to check that your details are up-to-date and ask you to sign and return the Declaration form in order to complete your membership.

  6. Once we have received these documents we will send you a Welcome Pack, which will contain your membership card and certificate.

Other ways to pay

If you prefer to pay by cheque or Direct Debit, please print out and complete the application forms at the bottom of this page, and post to us with the fees or Direct Debit mandate.

Subscription options

The payments below cover a quarter year Subscription 1 January 2016 - 31 March 2016 and is for new members only.
This does not include any Historic Environment Journals as they have all been issued this year, but you can opt to receive this when the full year subscription renewals are sent in February 2016.


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Further information

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