Interested in joining the Register of Professional Archaeologists? Please refer to the following break down of the application process to understand which registrant category you should apply for based on your educational and professional experience.
Accept the organization’s Code and Standards. The applicant must accept and agree to abide by the standards the Code of Conduct, Standards of Research Performance, and Grievance Procedures of the Register of Professional Archaeologists.
The Register of Professional Archaeologists has two professional designations: the RPA (Registered Professional Archaeologist) and the RA (Registered Archaeologist), and one Student/Early Career designation. While RPA designation requires an advanced degree in addition to evidence of archaeological experience, the Register recognizes that not all career archaeologists have obtained an advanced degree and instead have terminated their education at the BA level.Archaeologists practicing full-time in our profession should have the opportunity to register and to demonstrate to employers, clients, and the broader profession that they adhere to the Code of Conduct and Standards for Research Performance, whether or not they have an advanced degree. The Registered Archaeologist (RA) Category is designed to make our professional standards inclusive of those who meet the requirements for registration, but who have not completed an advanced degree. The Student/Early Career Category is limited to those currently enrolled or graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, Classics or another germane discipline within the last two years.
If you are an RA in good standing, and would like to apply for RPA status, follow the instructions for RPA below.
2. What documents do I need to submit with my application?
ALL RPA/RA APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING:
ADDITIONAL CATEGORY-SPECIFIC APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
Please note: Applicants who have an advanced degree but attended an Advanced Degree with No Thesis or Non-Qualifying Thesis program or completed a thesis/dissertation that does not include both archaeological research problem focus and substantive data analysis must also:
3. What are the Application and Annual Fees?
FEE FOR ALL APPLICANTS:
There is a $55 fee due at the time of application. The application fee is waived for applicants who have received their degree within the six (6) months prior to application submission. Application fee is also waved for RAs in good standing who apply for RPA status.
ANNUAL FEES PER CATEGORY (USD):
4. APPLY NOW!
Files of ALL required documentation must be included at the time of application submission. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Click below to view .pdf samples of the applications.
You can expect to receive email notification regarding the status of your application within 60 days.
RPA Sample Application (Short Form - MA with thesis)
Please note that ALL documentation must be submitted in PDF format and that the submitted transcript must be an OFFICIAL one that confirms both coursework in archaeology and degree(s) awarded. We suggest having those documents ready before starting the application.
Student/Early Career Application
(Currently Enrolled or within 2 years of graduation with BA)
Please refer to the Registration FAQ page.