Here are some useful links and resources to help you get started in archaeology as a career. If you need any help or advice please get in touch at admin [at] archaeologists.net
Membership and professional accreditation
Student/Affiliate membership of CIfA - joining the Institute is a good way to find out about more and keep up to date with training and networking opportunities
Professional pathways - provides structured resources to support Student and Affiliate members to upgrade and new applicants to apply to Practitioner (PCIfA).
Becoming a professional - article explaining how to become a professional archaeologist
Qualifications and training
Training opportunities - You can access information about CIfA training and events
NVQ in Archaeological Practice - available through CIfA to anyone paid or voluntary in archaeology who can submit appropriate evidence. This demonstrates skills, competencies and experience which helps with applying for jobs and gives CIfA accreditation at Practitioner (PCIfA).
Apprenticeships - new apprenticeships (levels 3-7) are being designed through the government’s ‘trailblazer’ process to provide new entry routes. A group of organisations from across the sector are involved. See Historic England's webpage or contact Philip.Pollard [at] historicengland.org.uk for more details.
Employer training schemes - many archaeology companies and organisations offer training and some of these are approved by CIfA. These include:
Allen Archaeology Ltd
John Moore Heritage Services
Red River Archaeology
University of Leicester Archaeological Services
Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Services
'Trainees and training programmes - what you should expect' - CIfA's Diggers' Forum have written this guide to assist trainees.
Resources and support
Writing a CV - guide to help you get the most out of your CV
Jobs Information and Training Service (JIST) free to CIfA members - keep up to date with jobs and training opportunities.
Careers in aerial archaeology - poster reproduced with permission of Air Photo Services
Careers in Archaeological illustration and survey - a link to advice from CIfA Graphics Archaeology group