Membership benefits

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Membership benefits

Being an accredited professional of CIfA gives you a competitive advantage by demonstrating that you adhere to the highest professional standards, by providing opportunities for networking with other professional archaeologists and for developing your career or business. Accreditation is increasingly used by employers in recruitment and grading of staff and in determining rates of pay.
Non-accredited members receive the same benefits as our accredited professionals, with only a few exceptions, see below.

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 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 (accredited only)

  • 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 (accredited only) 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 and vote at the AGM (accredited only), or by volunteering on one of our committees

  • Use your post nominal as formal recognition of a professional qualification by the construction sector to apply for a Professionally Qualified Person card with CSCS

  • 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: