Individual Membership

We welcome applications from people who are involved in the study and care of the historic environment, including those in employment and the voluntary sector, regardless of academic background or location. CIfA's official language is English.

There are two types of individual membership: professionally accredited member and non-accredited member (student/affiliate). Students and Affiliates can apply online here.

There are three Professionally accredited member grades - Practitioner (PCIfA), Associate (ACIfA) and Member (MCIfA).

  • Common questions and answers
  • Benefits of membership and professional accreditation
  • Code of conduct and standards and guidance
  • Membership regulations
  • Find out about some of our accredited members and how they applied
  • Click the links below for more information about how to apply using our new online application form

  • How to apply - new and upgrading
  • Competence matrices
  • Pathways - guidance for Practitioner (PCIfA) applicants
  • When will I hear?
  • To apply from Germany, you can use the online form, but please see the Deutschland Group webpage for more details first

    Click the links below for more information about how to re-join and the NVQ fast track

  • How to re-join
  • How to join using NVQ Fast-track
  • Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
    Power Steele Building, Wessex Hall
    Whiteknights Road, Earley,
    Reading RG6 6DE

    0118 966 2841
    admin [at]