Competence matrices

Competence matrix

All applications will be assessed against the main competence matrix with the specialist matrices as advisory documents only (see below).

CIfA accredited degree applicants need to apply in the same way as other applicants at Practitioner (PCIfA) using the accredited degree matrix and guidance (see below).

Every application for accredited membership is assessed on its own merits and on demonstrated technical competence, using a scoring system (0=not demonstrated, 1=not yet demonstrated, 2=Fully demonstrated) against the main Competence matrix. Ethical suitability is assessed from references.

We use an adapted competence matrix which has been aligned with the National Occupational Standards in Archaeological Practice (NOS).

Specialist matrices

CIfA has a series of specialist competence matrices, which have been compiled by our Special Interest Groups and external groups and are tailored to specific areas. All applications will be assessed using the main competence matrix above with the specialist matrices as advisory documents only.
The specialist matrices assist applicants in understanding how their work fits into the main competence matrix and by identifying what information they should give to the Validation committee to demonstrate competence at the relevant accredited grade.
For example if you are a Field Archaeologist and you undertake some pottery identification or osteology within your role, you only need to refer to the Field archaeology specialist matrix and not the Finds as well. If you are an Osteologist or Finds specialist you would refer to the relevant matrix.

Academia and research

Archives

Buildings Archaeology

Environmental

Field archaeology

Finds

Forensic Archaeology

Geophysics

Graphics (illustrators)

Information Management

International practice

Local authority, HER & Development Control

Museum Archaeology

Osteology

Project Management

Voluntary and community archaeology

Information Management SIG has also developed some example supporting evidence information to assist further.

CIfA Accredited degree matrix and guidance

CIfA accredited degree applicants need to apply in the usual way at Practitioner (PCIfA). We have created some guidance and a matrix to assist them in identifying what information they should give to the Validation committee to demonstrate competence.
You can check the list of current accredited degrees here and you need to submit a copy of your certificate when you apply.

Specialist matrices are reviewed every 3 years to ensure they are still fit for purpose.