Pathways

Welcome to Professional Pathways

Our Professional Pathways scheme provides structured resources to support members to achieve appropriate membership grades and to support career entrants and those holding accredited degrees in gaining Practitioner-level membership. To join Professional Pathways sign into the website then, in the 'Access members area', go to your dashboard and scroll down to 'Your groups and mailings', click the link and tick the Pro-Pathways box to ensure you receive targeted bulletins for your grade.

The key documents to help you to achieve the next step in your membership are below along with the application documents for when you are ready to complete your application and there is more information here.

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

Accredited degree applicants

If you hold a CIfA and UAUK accredited degree, please refer to the key documents above and the additional guidance about writing your statement and a more specific competence matrix below. You can check the list of current accredited degrees here and you need to submit a copy of your certificate when you apply.

Other useful links and documents

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

Professional Pathways Bulletins

Student & Affiliate May 2020

Aim for Associate

Advisory council
Whilst you’ve been working as a Practitioner you will have developed a really good knowledge, competence and confidence in your area of work. To upgrade to Associate you need to demonstrate that high level of competence and background knowledge that you have developed and the breadth of work you have applied it to.

You now take responsibility and autonomy for your own work within a structured working environment so you’ll need to provide some examples of work that show that you have achieved a significant amount of independent working within a team.

As a Practitioner you will have played a part in interpreting and resolving complex situations. As an Associate you will take a planned and analytical approach to engaging with complexity and you will need to show that you are regularly working in complex and non-routine situations.

You may still have a defined role within a team and working under the direction of others but will now have an appreciation of the longer-term or wider goals of work you are doing.
For examples of evidence that you could use to show that you have reached Associate level you can look at the specialist competency matrices developed by CIfA's groups.

If you are following a particular career path look for training and learning resources that are not only subject specific but targeted to the appropriate level. To prepare for roles that will give you the skills you need at Associate level look at developing ‘soft skills’ such as report writing, supervisor/trainer skills and ensuring you have an up to date knowledge of IT packages.

Volunteering for CIfA panels such as the Validation, Registration and Accredited degree panel, and joining committees such as CIfA area and special interest groups, and Advisory council will deepen and widen your knowledge of the historic environment and CIfA’s work.

Move up to Member

Accredited degree panel training
Member is the highest level of accreditation currently offered by CIfA and is a recognition by your peers that you have achieved a high level of professional competence. MCIfA’s are expected to have authoritative knowledge and depth of understanding of the sector and of a broad range of historic environment practices. You will have achieved this by continuing to add to your background knowledge about historic environment practice whilst working at Associate level and beyond. You will need to provide examples of work that show the range of your knowledge and engagement with historic environment practice at a high level.

You will now take full responsibility for your own work and may also be accountable for that of others. You may have responsibility for staff and/or for allocating budgets and resources. Now you are confident to make decisions across a broad range of complex, technical or professional activities. You understand how complex situations, considered together, inform the overall interpretation.

You can now see how work can be approached in different ways and have a high level of understanding about the impact of your work within the sector.

For examples of evidence that you could use to show that you have reached Member level you can look at the specialist competency matrices developed by CIfA's groups.

If you are following a particular career path look for training and learning resources that are not only subject specific but targeted to the appropriate level. To prepare for roles that will give you the skills you need at Member level look at developing ‘soft skills’ such as budget control, management skills, and ensuring you have an up to date knowledge heritage environment legislation.

Volunteering for CIfA panels such as the Validation, Registration and Accredited degree panel, and joining committees such as CIfA area and special interest groups, and Advisory council will deepen and widen your knowledge of the historic environment and CIfA’s work.

Online resources

Recordings of CIfA conferences and workshops
Professional practice and technical papers