The Registered Organisation scheme

If you need archaeological work to be carried out, CIfA strongly recommends the use of a professionally accredited archaeologist and ideally a CIfA Registered Organisation.

Archaeological projects are complex. Registered Organisations have demonstrated the requisite skills to:

  • provide informed and reliable advice
  • execute schemes of work appropriate to the circumstances, minimising uncertainty, delay and cost

CIfA's Registered Organisation scheme is a unique quality assurance scheme. The Registered Organisation logo is a badge of commitment to professional standards and competence.

The scheme is designed to operate internationally, and organisations operating in Germany may use an alternative branding ‘Gütezeichen für Archäologie / Träger des CIfA-Gütezeichens für Archäologie'.

See our Client Guide for more information about why you need a professional archaeologist to help you.


CIfA registration is for a finite period, after which organisations must re-apply. They undergo rigorous peer review, and are subject to an inspection (which includes a site visit for organisations that undertake intrusive works). The inspection (under normal circumstances) is repeated for each registration period.


Registered Organisations are bound by the CIfA Code of conduct and other regulations. They must work in accordance with defined policies and procedures, and comply with current good practice.


When you employ a Registered Organisation you can be confident that it has been assessed and found to be professional. The Chartered Institute’s primary function is to ensure public and consumer protection and our Registered Organisations have also agreed to be accountable by signing up to the scheme. If you have concerns about the quality of work being undertaken by a Registered Organisation in relation to the Institute's Code of conduct or regulations, you may raise a professional conduct allegation.

Are you an organisation that should register?

Registering an archaeological organisation is the best way for quality conscious organisations to demonstrate they have the requisite skills to provide informed and reliable advice, and to carry out work in accordance with professional archaeological standards. CIfA actively promotes its Registered Organisations to potential clients.

For more information and how to apply, please see Register your organisation.