Welcome to the Pathways page

Our exciting new scheme provides structured resources to support Student and Affiliate members to upgrade their membership to Practitioner and to support career entrants in gaining Practitioner-level membership. The key documents to help you to do this are below along with the application documents for when you are ready to complete your application.

You should find all you need below but if you have any queries please contact lianne.birney [at]

Key documents


Why upgrade?

Choosing your grade

Competence statement example


Application documents

Applicant's Guide - accredited

Application form - accredited

Competence statement template

Other useful documents

Diggers specialist competence matrix

CIfA has recently introduced a series of specialist competence matrices that are tailored to specific areas. These are to assist applicants in identifying what information they should supply to the Validation committee to demonstrate competence at the relevant membership grade. Please click here to see the full list.

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