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.
The Register of Professional Archaeologists recognizes that not all career archaeologists have obtained an advanced degree (M.A., M.S., or Ph.D) in archaeology, anthropology or a closely related field, 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.
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.
Please note: at minimum, the .pdf must include:
Please note: 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
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.
Please note: For the RA category, the standard application fee will be waived in 2020!
Please note: Starting in 2021, the annual registration fees will change to:
Allow 30 days for your application to be reviewed. 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 2-3 weeks.