Membership Services

For information on joining CIfA, please see Individual membership.

Membership benefits

Being a member of CIfA gives you a competitive advantage because you can demonstrate you adhere to the highest professional standards, you can network with other professional archaeologists and develop your career or business.

Membership is increasingly used by employers in recruitment and grading of staff and in determining rates of pay.

Advocacy is one of our major roles and through this work we influence policy and decision makers as the authoritative and effective voice for archaeologists. This raises the profile and of archaeology and drives recognition of your status to achieve professional parity.

In addition, all members are issued with a membership card and certificate that entitles you to:

  • The Jobs Information Service and Training weekly bulletin to help you develop your career or recruit staff
  • The Archaeologist quarterly magazine full of expert opinion on interesting topics (Online version for Students)
  • A copy of the CIfA Yearbook, an incomparable reference book and contact list of archaeologists
  • Papers on specialist professional topics, standards and guidance, and good practice
  • Free membership of Area and Special Interest groups
  • Access to our arbitration service
  • Use of the Society of Antiquarians of London library

You can claim tax relief on your subscription if you are a UK tax payer as well. For more information please click here.
You will now find us under 'C' on the HM Revenue & Customs approved list

Members receive the following discounts:

Discounted offers

Aerial Close-up Ltd Aerial - Photography from the Ground - Specialists in low-level aerial photography for archaeologists, operating a remote control camera attached to a 20-metre telescopic mast mounted on a 4x4 on/off road vehicle. This firm offers a 10% discount to CIfA members who quote their CIFA membership number.

Above It All Photography Ltd - Specialists in oblique (aircraft based) aerial photography and elevated (ground based) mast photography. The masts are deployed from a vehicle or free standing via a tripod system which makes our kind of overhead photography particularly suited to archaeological digs. CIfA members quoting their membership number will receive a 15% discount.

Additional benefits for accredited members:

  • The right to use post nominal PCIfA, ACIfA or MCIfA
  • a vote at meetings and the AGM
  • opportunities to participate on the Board of Directors, Advisory Council and other Committees
  • a listing in our Yearbook
  • a members only option to include a 20 word profile in the advertising section of the CIfA Yearbook for £75

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