Welcome to the Pathways page

Our Pathways scheme provides structured resources to support Student and Affiliate members to upgrade their membership to Practitioner and to support career entrants in gaining Practitioner-level membership.

The key documents to help you to do this are below along with the application documents for when you are ready to complete your application.
Don't forget you can apply for PCIfA at any time and DO NOT need to wait for an application deadline.

Key documents

1. Introduction
2. Why upgrade
3. Choosing your grade
4. Writing your statement of competence (Education and/or Employment)
5. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
6. Introduction to PDP & CPD logs

Other useful documents

You can now apply online by writing into the online form or attaching documents to it.

Accredited Application Guide

Statement of competence (Education and/or Employment) template

Diggers specialist competence matrix

BAJR guide 47: A guide for early career field archaeologists applying for PCIfA membership

CIfA has a series of specialist competence matrices that are tailored to specific areas. These are to assist applicants with the information they should provide to the Validation committee to demonstrate competence at the relevant grade.

You should find all you need above, but if you have any queries please contact us at membership [at]