Affiliated Societies Program Information

The Affiliated Societies Program for the Register of Professional Archaeologists was approved by the Board at the January 2015 Board meeting. This program is open to state level archaeological professional councils, state archaeological societies, and regional, national, and international archaeological societies. The basic requirements for becoming an affiliated society are 1) for the society to embrace the Register’s Code of Conduct and Standards of Research Performance as their own statement on ethics; and 2) the payment of an annual fee to the Register that is based on the size of their membership.

Annual Fees for Affiliated Societies


If a society is interested in becoming an affiliate of the Register, their annual fees are calculated as follows:


Size of Affiliated SocietyAnnual Fee
Societies with 1-250 members$100 per year
Societies with 251-499 members$250 per year
Societies with 500 or more members$500 per year

Benefits for Members of Affiliated Societies


If a member is not already affiliated with one of the four sponsoring societies (Society for Historical Archaeology, Society for American Archaeology, American Anthropological Association, or the Archaeological Institute of America), they will be eligible for an annual RPA registration fee of $85. That is a $40 savings over the normal, unaffiliated registration fee for RPAs.


The new fee takes effect after a society has become an affiliate of the Register and cannot be applied retroactively. For example, if a society becomes affiliated in 2018, any members that qualify for registration to become an RPA and seek to do so for the first time will be eligible for the lower registration fee. All society members who are already registered as RPAs, but were unaffiliated at the time of registration or renewal, will be able to take advantage of the lower fee the following year (in this case, when paying their 2019 annual fees).

 How to become an Affiliated Society


To become an affiliated society of the Register, please email RPA Headquarters at with a copy of:


  1. A board resolution that your society will embrace the Register Code of Conduct and Standards of Research Performance
  2. A copy of your bylaws
  3. A list of your officers and members


Those documents will then be forwarded to the Register of Professional Archaeologist’s Registrar for consideration.


If you have questions about this program, please contact Beau DeBoer at


Click here to download a copy of the Affiliated Societies Program Information.


Click here to access the current list of Register-approved Affiliated Societies.