Working practices

The archaeological profession provides more than 6000 jobs, contributes over £100m to the UK economy every year and employs specialists in many fields. The profession works for both the public and the private sector, so a strong, authoritative body to ensure effective self-regulation is needed. CIfA fulfills this role. It has members from all areas of archaeology - and all of them are bound by regulations codifying professional ethics.

Archaeology today is a fast-developing environment and there are always areas where practice can be improved. Over the coming years the Institute will continue to set and review standards for archaeology. It will strengthen its relationship with other professions in the heritage sector and beyond, to ensure that both clients and the public receive best-value archaeological services.

The committee for Professional Development and Practice (PD&P) is at the sharp end, changing working practices in archaeology and the historic environment for the better and ensuring that archaeologists have access to the training they need to deliver them. The committee is the first port of call for new standard and guidance documents and for good practice guides covering a wide range of subjects. PD&P also oversees the development of the CIfA’s CPD scheme, workplace learning programme and its developing suite of endorsed and accredited training opportunities. The committee membership includes curators, contractors, consultants and specialists, and works closely with all CIfA committees.

If you are interested in joining the Committee please contact Kate Geary (kate.geary [at]

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