Registered organisations

CIfA Registered Organisation logo

For commercially funded work CIfA strongly recommends the use of its quality assured Registered Organisations.

Archaeological projects are complex. Registered Organisations have demonstrated the requisite skills to

  • provide informed and reliable advice
  • execute schemes of work appropriate to the circumstances, minimising uncertainty, delay and cost
  • subscribe to codes of professional conduct and practice

CIfA's Registered Organisation scheme is a unique quality assurance scheme. There is no equivalent in the historic environment. It is a ‘kite mark’ of commitment to professional standards and competence.

When you employ a Registered Organisation you can be confident that it will be assessed, professional and accountable.


Registered Organisations must reapply for registration every three years. They undergo rigorous peer review, and are subject to an inspection on first application and then (under normal circumstances) for each registration period.


They must have a MCIfA-grade Responsible Post-holder. Registered Organisations are strictly bound to the CIfA Code of conduct (PDF file) and other regulations, they must work in accordance with defined policies and procedures, and comply with current best practice. They will fully document their work, findings and advice, carry adequate professional insurance, and be committed to providing their staff with a fair employment package and the CIfA’s minimum salaries.


Registered Organisations are subject to sanctions if they fail to comply with the scheme and can ultimately be removed from the register. A complaints procedure also exists formally to address allegations of professional misconduct.

Where you see the Registered Organisation logo, you can be confident that the organisation’s work will be carried out to the accepted professional standards that local authorities and others insist upon.

Click here for a list of Registered Organisations.

Are you an organisation that should register?

Registering a commercial organisation demonstrates the requisite skills to provide informed and reliable advice, execute schemes of work appropriate to the circumstances, minimising uncertainty, delay and cost, and subscribe to codes of professional conduct and practice. CIfA actively promotes Registered Organisations to potential clients. Therefore CIfA strongly recommends registration for quality conscious organisations.

Registered curatorial organisations ensure and demonstrate a commitment to quality service and professional standards. It can help ensure a continuity of service provision and add additional ‘weight’ for officers when appearing at Public Inquiries.

Registered educational organisations have improved access to and a more central position within the wider profession. Registration helps institutions keep abreast of developments within the historic environment, strengthen links between the academic and commercial worlds and demonstrate commitment to professional standards. Access to employers across the sector is a strong selling point with potential students.

Click here if you are interested in registering your organisation.

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