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' being developed.

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 will be posted shortly but in the meantime, contact cara.jones [at] for more information.

Professional development within Registered Organisations

CIfA produces a good practice guide for professional development for Registered Organisations (ROs) and others who employ archaeologists. You can find information on short courses and other CIfA Approved Training & CPD that may be useful. 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. Our training toolkit can support early career development for archaeologists in your Registered Organisations or other business. CIfA approved employer 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

FAME has a webpage dedicated to CPD for archaeological managers.

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

Training Toolkit
CIfA has developed a practice paper about training your staff and has some examples of Training plans. Click on the link to read more.

CIfA Approved Training & CPD is our brand name for training and CPD approved by us. It is a quality mark as as any training or CPD or other learning opportunity carrying this logo CIfA Approved Training & CPD logo will have been assessed against a set of learning criteria. A wide range of learning opportunities has already been approved, including CPD courses, field schools and excavation training. 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.

A guide for archaeological organisation employer training schemes

A guide for providers of excavation training and field schools

A guide for providers of training and CPD courses and workshops

Guide to linking learning outcomes to National Occupational Standards

If you would like further information please contact us at approvedcpd [at]

If you would like to advertise training positions through CIfA you can find out more information on our jobs and training pages Registered organisations can do this for free. CIfA Approved Training & CPD learning opportunities can be advertised free of charge through the JIST member bulletin and on the training pages of our website.

Archaeology Training Forum Award

The Archaeology Training Forum celebrates excellent training programmes with an annual award presented during the CIfA Conference. The Archaeology Training Forum has been recognising excellence and innovation in training, learning and professional development since 2011 through its annual ATF Training Award. Judged by a panel of ATF members including representatives from CIfA, CBA, the national agencies and FAME, it is open to organisations and individuals in both the paid and voluntary sectors. 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.