Where is Registration Required?

This table depicts the updated result of a survey original conducted in 2017 regarding entities that require or recommend registration as an RPA, or equivalent qualifications, among their employees. The survey was sent to all RPAs and received 33 responses.


For reference, we include the entities that require RPA status or an equivalent below. Some comments have been edited slightly for clarity and length. The full list of responses can be found in the original report. You may download a full copy here.


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EntityStatus of RPAIs RPA status required?Equivalent of RPA standards required?Comments
Ashley National Forest (Utah)RPA listedYesProgrammatic agreement for oil & gas development with Berry Petroleum on forest. Signed by Utah SHPO & ACHP.
SAA Rock Art Interest GroupRPA listedNoYesProposed guidelines for government contracts. Not yet passed by SAA Board.
ArizonaNot listedNoYesDefers to Arizona State Museum as state permitting agency. Requirements generally match RPA standards.
CaliforniaRPA listedVariesVariesNot state-required, but some counties require RPA or RPA standards.
DelawareRPA listedYesYesDelaware DOT requires at least 1 person on contractor staff = RPA. In RFPs.
FloridaACRA and RPA listedNoNot knownSends people to ACRA and RPA list of professionals. “The Division encourages checking references and recent work history.” Application for tenure-steam job at FSU requires RPA certification.
MinnesotaRPA listedNoYes“Minnesota SHPO supports the objectives of that organization to establish universal standards of professional conduct”
New BrunswickRPA listedYesAs of March 31, 2014, all Permit applicants must be a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA). In regulations, not law.
UtahRPA listedNoYesUtah Administrative Code R694-1-10(a)(i)(A) states that "Permit holders shall comply with the individual provisions of the 'Code of Conduct' and the 'Standards of Research Performance' promulgated by the Register of Professional Archaeologists."
US Virgin IslandsSOPA listedNoYesMust be conducted by professional archaeologists in conformity with standards
West VirginiaRPA listedYesTribal project-specific requirement that archaeological monitors must be RPA - DOT project
Confederated Tribes of Coos-Lower Umpqua- SiuslawRPA listedNoYesCultural Resources Protection Specialist job - “Must meet definition of a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA).”
Indian Camp Ranch, ColoradoRPA listedNoYesPrivate residential community designed to promote stewardship of archaeology. Homeowners must hire ”certified or registered archaeologist” if going to excavate.
New York CityRPA listedYesYes“Professionals must be registered by RPA and/or qualified for such registration.
San Diego, CARPA listedYes
SW Florida Water Management DistrictRPA listedYesDistrict requires that RPA oversee and guide all aspects of dredging project - both terrestrial and in-water.
New Smyrna Beach, FLRPA listedNoYesCity Archaeologist must meet RPA standards.