The online process (Apply Now) requires that all applicants:
Please Also Note:
Applicants who have completed a thesis or dissertation aligned with #3, above, should use the short form (fill in Sections I, II, and III only).
Applicants who have an advanced degree but attended a non-thesis program or completed a thesis/dissertation that does not include both archaeological research problem focus and substantive data analysis must also
(a) complete Section IV of the application (detailed documentation of 52 weeks of excavation, survey, and laboratory experience, including 20 weeks of supervisory research experience) and
(b) submit up to two project reports they have authored that demonstrate problem focus and data analysis equivalent to that required for a thesis or dissertation.
Descriptive reports, including standard survey reports, cannot be accepted as thesis equivalents.
With your application, you must submit:
Please Also Note:
Effective January 1, 2020, applications for RA and RPA registration must be accompanied by an official transcript from an accredited institution. Diplomas and unofficial transcripts are only acceptable in rare cases and only if prior arrangements with the Registrar are made.
Upon application submission you will receive a prompt reply from the Register confirming receipt and providing a link to the invoice for the non-refundable application fee ($35). Upon application acceptance, you will receive a notification with a link to the invoice for your initial annual registration fee. The $35 application fee is waived for applicants who have received their advanced degree within the six (6) months prior to application submission. The annual registration fee is $55 for members of the Register’s sponsoring organizations (AIA, AAA, SHA, SAA), $85 for members of affiliated societies who are not otherwise members of a sponsoring organization, and $135 for unaffiliated individuals.
Please Note: Starting 2021 the annual registration fee for the following Registrant types will change to:
$75 – Members of the Register’s sponsoring organizations
$95 – Affiliated Society members
You can read more about our application review process and timeline here.