Membership benefits

For information on joining CIfA, please see Accredited online application.

Membership benefits

Being a member of CIfA gives you a competitive advantage by demonstrating that you adhere to the highest professional standards, and by providing opportunities for networking with other professional archaeologists and for developing your career or business. Membership is increasingly used by employers in recruitment and grading of staff and in determining rates of pay.

Advocacy is one of our major roles and through this work we influence policy and decision makers as the authoritative and effective voice for archaeologists. This raises the profile and of archaeology and drives recognition of your status to achieve professional parity.

In addition, all members are issued with a membership card and certificate that mean you can:

  • Use a post nominal (PCIfA, ACIfA or MCIfA) to demonstrate your level of competence and professional accreditation

  • Receive the Jobs Information Service and Training weekly bulletin to help you develop your career or recruit staff and the e-newsletter, Heritage Update

  • Receive The Archaeologist magazine (3 times a year) full of expert opinions on interesting topics (Online version for Students)

  • Be listed in the CIfA annual Yearbook and Directory and receive a copy of this and link to the online directory

  • Have access to papers on specialist professional topics, standards and guidance, and good practice

  • Receive a discounted rate for the peer reviewed journal The Historic Environment, Policy and Practice

  • Have the opportunity to be at the heart of developing your profession by putting yourself forward for election to CIfA Board of Directors or Advisory Council, or by volunteering on one of our committees

  • Have the opportunity to stand for election to the Board of Directors or Advisory Council and vote at the AGM

  • Receive our regular eBulletin, providing updates on CIfA's work and your profession

  • Receive supported professional development aims through CPD, training and a discount on our annual CIfA conference, the premier archaeological conference in the UK

  • Have free membership of Area and Special Interest groups and discounted entry to events run by them

  • Use the Society of Antiquarians of London library

You can claim tax relief on your subscription if you are a UK tax payer as well. For more information please click here

You will now find us under 'A' on the HM Revenue & Customs approved list

Members receive the following discounts:

  • 30% discounted entry to our Annual Conference
  • A discounted rate for the peer reviewed journal Historic Environment, Policy and Practice
  • Various discounts on insurance, legal advice and health care
  • Discount at Cotswold Outdoor
  • A members only option to include a 20 word profile in the advertising section of the CIfA Yearbook for £75

  • Aerial Close-up Ltd Aerial - Photography from the Ground - Specialists in low-level aerial photography for archaeologists, operating a remote control camera attached to a 20-metre telescopic mast mounted on a 4x4 on/off road vehicle. This firm offers a 10% discount to CIfA members who quote their CIfA membership number.

  • Above It All Photography Ltd - Specialists in oblique (aircraft based) aerial photography and elevated (ground based) mast photography. The masts are deployed from a vehicle or free standing via a tripod system which makes our kind of overhead photography particularly suited to archaeological digs. CIfA members quoting their membership number will receive a 15% discount.

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