Training opportunities

Training courses, workshops and events

CIfA provides a number of training and CPD opportunities for members and non members covering all aspects of archaeology and the historic environment. Many of these day workshops and courses are run by our Special Interest and Area groups, and are held around the UK. Courses range in both price and format, and are often free for members or offered at a reduced price. Forthcoming courses are listed below.

CIfA also works with partner providers, to offer approved training courses for members and the wider sector. You can find out more about forthcoming courses below.

Each year CIfA runs a three-day conference and training event which includes a number of CPD training workshops in the programme, as well as lots of opportunities for learning from discussion sessions and seminars. You can find further details below and in our Jobs Information Service and Training (JIST) bulletin.

If you would be interested in running a training workshop, or would like to see one which covers a particular area, please get in touch with Elizabeth Durst at elizabeth.durst [at]

Forthcoming CIfA and Area and Special Interest Groups courses

Most of our training workshops can be booked through our website. Please go our events calendar to see and book any forthcoming courses or see individual groups pages

CIfA Conference and training event

Every year CIfA hosts a Conference and training event, which includes a range of seminars and workshops.

CIfA endorsed training courses

CIfA is keen to work with training providers to highlight training courses which meet the needs of our members and the wider sector. We also include relevant forthcoming training events in our monthly eBulletin, which are circulated to all members around the middle of each month. If you would like to include your event in the bulletin, please contact admin [at]

Building on the wide range of professional short courses provided by institutions on behalf of the Archaeology Training Forum, CIfA is also happy to recommend courses which meet our CPD guidance. To find out more about how you can gain CIfA endorsement of CPD courses, please see our criteria for endorsement.

Oxford University Department for Continuing Education

Oxford University Department for Continuing Education’s new programme of short courses for the historic environment is now underway for 2018 at Rewley House. Full details of all courses can be found at:

Other training courses

Some institutions also provide opportunities for those in work to access training and postgraduate courses in archaeology and heritage management via online or part time courses.

Historic England and the University of Leicester - Heritage practice training programme
In partnership with Historic England the University of Leicester has developed the Heritage Practice Training Programme to deliver practical, technical and specialist skills for heritage professionals. Forthcoming courses can be viewed here

Association for Industrial Archaeology - Pre-Conference seminar

Upcoming training opportunities

British Society of Soil Science Working with Soil courses

Working with Soil is run by the British Society of Soil Science. It aims to set standards of practice in applied field soil science. There are a set of competency standards and, more importantly, a growing number of practical training courses aimed at all practitioners working in land-based sectors. Soil and the processes that operate within it influence a wide range of land-based activities. The profitability of agriculture, the effectiveness of environmental improvement and regulation, the richness of wildlife habitats and even the playability of sports turf are all dependent on soil management and therefore the application of soil science. A practical knowledge of how to investigate and characterise soil and an understanding of how to use and manage soil in a range of professional contexts are of value to all land-based practitioners. Our training courses are designed to help everyone involved with using and managing land, understand and manage soil more effectively.

Course 4 Agricultural Land Classification (England and Wales)
ALC has a formal role in the planning system in England and Wales and is designed to prevent the loss of our best and most versatile land in line with the principles of sustainable development. This two day training course has been launched with the support of Defra and offers a unique opportunity to learn how to conduct and/or evaluate an agricultural land classification survey. It is suitable for environmental or planning consultants, soil scientists, chartered surveyors, land valuers and planning control staff. It is the only course available of its kind and has been designed and is taught by agricultural land classification (ALC) experts from Natural England and The Welsh Government.

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