Information for employers

Archaeologist looking at map, photo Headland Archaeology


Skills and training in the UK are devolved issues and different processes are in place for the delivery of apprenticeships in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

As part of the government’s new ‘trailblazer’ process, a group of organisations from across the sector are working together to design new apprenticeships for historic environment roles in England. Once approved, any organisation will be able to set up apprenticeships themselves based on the 'apprenticeship standards' .
If you would like further information please contact anna.welch [at]

In Scotland, a group of employers are working with CIfA, sector partners and colleges to develop vocational provision including Modern Apprenticeships. More details to follow or contact cara.jones [at] for more information.

Professional development within organisations

CIfA provides a good practice guide to training toolkits to assist with professional development for organisations. It includes a set of definitions to aid understanding, ideas for developing training and professional development plans for evaluating success, together with a list of resources and can support early career development for archaeologists in your organisation.

It is important that organisations have a training plan in place to understand what skills they have and where any skills gaps are, and how these will be addressed. CIfA has produced some guidelines to help employers develop an organisational training plan and you can find them in the Training Toolkit.

FAME provides information about Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for archaeological managers.

Approved Training and CPD

CIfA Approved Training & CPD is our brand name for training and CPD approved by us. It is a quality mark, as any training, CPD or other learning opportunity carrying this logo CIfA Approved Training & CPD logo will have been assessed against a a set of learning criteria.

A wide range of learning opportunities have already been approved, including CPD courses, field schools and excavation training. Registered Organisations have had their in-house employee training approved and our own annual conference and CIfA Group events have also been approved.

We ask the learning opportunity leader to submit written evidence to support an application to become CIfA Approved Training & CPD and this is assessed against a set of criteria.

Any CIfA Approved Training & CPD learning opportunity may be randomly selected for reassessment at any time.

CIfA approved training schemes are accepted by the Construction Skills Certification Scheme and trainees on them are eligible to apply to CSCS for a Trainee card on successful completion of the CITB Operatives level 'Health, safety and environment' test.

If you would like further information please email approvedcpd [at]

Advertising your training

Our weekly Jobs Information Service & Training (JIST) bulletin is the most comprehensive source of information about work and training opportunities in archaeology and related disciplines. It is available to CIfA members free of charge and non-members or Institutions for a fee. It includes adverts placed directly by employers and all archaeological, heritage, research and training opportunities that appear in the national press and specialist journals during that week.

Archaeology Training Forum Award

The Archaeology Training Forum celebrates excellent training programmes with an award presented during the CIfA Annual Conference and Training event. The Archaeology Training Forum (ATF) has been recognising excellence and innovation in training, learning and professional development since 2011 through its ATF Training Award.
The aim of the Award is to promote the importance and value of training to the discipline as a whole and a wide range of very diverse organisations have had their contribution to learning, training and professional development recognised. Entries are judged by a panel of ATF members including representatives from CIfA, Council for British Archaeology (CBA), national agencies and FAME. It is open to organisations and individuals, paid or voluntary.