Welcome to the Pathways page

Our exciting 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.

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

Key documents

1. Introduction

2. Why upgrade

3. Choosing your grade

4. Writing your statement of competence (Education and/or employed/voluntary work)

5. FAQs

Other useful documents

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

Accredited Application Guide

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]( are tailored to specific areas. These are to assist applicants in identifying what information they should supply to the Validation committee to demonstrate competence at the relevant membership grade.

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