Information for training providers

CIfA Approved Training & CPD logo
CIfA Approved Training & CPD is our brand name for training and CPD approved by us. It is a quality mark as any training or CPD or other learning opportunity carrying the '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. 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.

A guide for providers of excavation training and field schools
A guide for providers offering training and CPD courses
Guide to linking learning outcomes to National Occupational Standards

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

Advertising your courses with CIfA

The Jobs Information Service & Training (JIST) 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 is a weekly jobs bulletin that 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.

Further information on how to advertise with JIST can be found here

Apprenticeships and NVQs

Successful NVQ candidates

Historic England is leading the development of apprenticeships in Historic Environment practice. If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a training provider for these please see their page or contact Michael McBratney, their Heritage Apprenticeships Manager at Michael.McBratney [at]

An NVQ3 in Archaeological Practice was developed by CIfA the and is available through CIfA to everyone working in archaeology, on a paid or a voluntary basis, or anyone seeking to develop a career in archaeology who can gather appropriate evidence and helps to demonstrate that they have particular set of skills, competencies or experience which will be of benefit when applying for jobs, promotion or CIfA accredited membership at Practitioner grade. You can see two successful NVQ3 candidates talking about the scheme here and here For more information about NVQs contact Anna at anna.welch [at]

Accredited Degrees

Choosing an accredited undergraduate or Masters degree is a well-established career entry route in many sectors including engineering, planning and architecture, and is widely recognised as the first step on a career pathway leading to professional status. In the UK, professional accreditation is normally provided by the lead professional body within the discipline. CIfA and UAUK have recently begun a joint venture to accredit degrees in the UK. For more information see our Accredited Degrees page or contact Anna at anna.welch [at]