Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA)
The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) is the leading professional body representing archaeologists working in the UK and overseas. It promotes high professional standards and strong ethics in archaeological practice, to maximise the benefits that archaeologists bring to society.
Founded in 1982, CIfA is the authoritative and effective voice for archaeologists, bringing recognition and respect to our profession. It represents professional archaeology to government, policy-makers and business.
CIfA sets standards and issues guidelines, improves career prospects through training and learning opportunities and by providing information about developments in professional practice. CIfA professionals are accredited and skilled in the study and care of the historic environment. They, and CIfA’s Registered Organisations, sign up to a rigorous Code of conduct, professional development (CPD) schemes and complaints procedures to uphold competence and standards in archaeology. In these ways, CIfA acts as a self-regulatory body for the archaeological profession.
Applications for accreditation as a professional archaeologist are welcomed from any branch of archaeology and any part of the world.
CIfA shares with EAA a commitment to the promotion of professionalism and good practice in archaeology, and values it as a partner.