The Register of Professional Archaeologists actively advocates the professional growth of all archaeologists, and believes that a strong professional career should begin with a sound introduction to archaeological field methods. Archaeological field schools serve as primary introduction to the discipline. We believe that certification of archaeology field schools will strengthen these important training and learning contexts by requiring certain standards for basic research methodologies, field experiences, reporting of results, and time devoted to field school activities.
Certifying your field school with the Register of Professional Archaeologists means that your field school has met a set of professional standards covering the following five areas:
Field schools are the training ground for the next generation of archaeologists and an important public face of archaeology. They should display our discipline’s highest standards of research and site stewardship. Both students and prospective employers can be confident that a certified field school meets established professional standards.
Benefits of certification include:
Before applying, make sure to read the our Guidelines and Standards for Field Schools in order to make sure your field school meets the published guidelines.
In order for Register to certify a field school, we must make a determination if the proposed program meets the published guidelines and standards. In order to do this, simply complete the online application and submit it, along with the application processing fee of $35. If approved, field schools will be certified for two years. Re-certification after the end of the second certification year will require completion of a new application form.
Once the Certification Committee has reviewed your application, you will be notified of the results. If you application is approved, you can publicize you field school as being Certified by the Register for Professional Archeologists.
Based on information you provide, the Certification Committee will conduct a follow-up review to determine if your deadlines for completion of laboratory work and reporting have been met.
In addition, occasional peer review visits to field schools while they are in session may be conducted to determine if a certified field school is abiding by our guidelines and standards.
Information from follow-up reviews and peer visits may be used during the processing of applications for subsequent field schools associated with the same institution or director.
If you have any questions about the Field School Certification program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.