The CIfA NVQ Assessment Centre is currently being transferred from EDI to a new Awarding Organisation, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). We will update this page once the process is complete but you can still access general information about the qualification below. If you are interested in registering as a candidate, would like to support your employees to complete an NVQ or require any other specific information, please contact Lianne Birney (lianne.birney [at] archaeologists.net) or Kate Geary (kate.geary [at] archaeologists.net).
The Qualification in Archaeological Practice is a vocational qualification developed by the Archaeology Training Forum which has been approved by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.
Vocational qualifications are assessed mainly in the workplace. Candidates register with an assessment centre and, working with an assessor, submit evidence to show they have met the requirements of the core units and the options they have chosen. Prior learning can be accredited through the submission of work completed prior to registration and there is no time limit for completion.
The qualification is available to everyone working in archaeology, whether on a paid or a voluntary basis, or anyone seeking to develop a career in archaeology who can gather appropriate evidence.
The new qualification will enable archaeologists to demonstrate that they have particular sets of skills, competencies or experience which will be of benefit when applying for jobs, promotion or IfA membership. It will also provide a means of accrediting informal training and on-the-job learning. All IfA training initiatives offered in the future will be structured around National Occupational Standards enabling them to contribute towards the qualification.
The qualification allows archaeologists to demonstrate that they have a particular set of skills, competencies of experiences, which will be of benefit when applying for jobs, promotion or membership of the IfA. It will also provide a means of accrediting informal training and on-the-job learning.
For career archaeologists the NVQ
For employers, offering or supporting the NVQ
For volunteers and other professionals, the NVQ
We need experienced professionals to train as assessors so that we can assess across the wide range of archaeological specialisms. If you are interested in becoming an assessor, or would like more information about the Qualification, see the link below
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