Registration faq

Fees

Yes. The application fees cover expenses incurred when processing the applications and each application must be accompanied by the fee, unless you are applying within six months of receiving your advanced degree. The Register has the same administrative expenses associated with each application.

Yes. The application fees cover expenses incurred when processing the applications and each application must be accompanied by the fee, unless you are applying within six months of receiving your advanced degree. The Register has the same administrative expenses associated with each application.

Registration Process

Yes, a peer-reviewed journal article, book chapter, or book is acceptable, but the Register prefers thesis documentation if you are applying using the short form of the application (Sections I, II, and III). Most University libraries have now digitized all early theses and dissertations and make them available as a PDF. If your thesis is truly unavailable, please apply using the long application form (Sections I, II, III, and IV) using the published version as your “report submitted in lieu of a thesis.

No, however you do qualify to apply as a Registered Archaeologist (RA). The Registered Archaeologist certification is designed for those who are dedicated to a professional career as an archaeologist but who have not, or not yet, received a master’s degree. Click Here to find out more.

Yes, as long as you have designed and executed a study that includes a substantive data analysis that addresses an explicit archaeological research problem you likely qualify to register as an RPA/RA. Please fill out the long form version of the application and upload additional studies that meet the above standards. RPA applicants must also complete Section IV to document at least 52 weeks of excavation, survey, and laboratory experience, including at least 20 weeks of supervisory research experience. Please visit the How To Register page for more details.

Yes, as long as the degree is from an accredited institution, it will meet the Register’s requirements.

Most survey, inventory, and testing reports are descriptive summaries of methods and findings tailored to support regulatory compliance. Such reports do not meet registration requirements because they are not directed toward an explicit archaeological research problem, do not include a substantive data analysis, or are not designed, executed, and authored exclusively by the applicant.

However, if you have designed and executed a regulatory compliance study that includes a substantive data analysis directed to addressing an explicit archaeological research problem and have authored a report on that study then that report should suffice. The documentation provided must demonstrate that you conducted and reported on the data analysis. You will also need to document a minimum of 52 weeks of field and laboratory experience (Section 4 of the application).

Other Questions

Submit your application using your first name, previous surname, and current surname. With the additional information required on the application (resume, work experience, etc.), it should be obvious you are the same person. If registration is approved, then the certificate could be issued under your current name or a combination of both.

No. Once you are approved for registration, you have demonstrated you commitment to the goals of the Register. If you wish to become an active registrant again, all you need to do is notify the business office of your desire and submit your yearly dues. The business office does keep track of registrant profiles for only the past 4-5 years. It would help if you could also submit a copy of your registration certificate with the registration number. Please see our Renew My Registration page for more information.

Yes! As long as you meet all of the qualifications for registration (see How to Apply), you may apply for registration as an RPA/RA.