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Continuing Professional Development is maintaining and broadening the profession's skill base and standards.


History of IAI CPD

The need for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) within the IAI has been recognised since its inception. The need for CPD was identified in the 2002 Profile of the Archaeological Profession document and a pilot programme was undertaken in 2005. Funding was secured for a Development Officer in 2008 and Dr Eoin Sullivan developed a CPD programme over two years CPD 2008-2010.In March 2011 the Christine Baker was appointed as CPD Co-ordinator & Administrator and 10 CPD events were held and attended by 104 participants, IAI members and non IAI members alike CPD 2011 document. The 2012 programme saw a 40% rise in partcipation in IAI CPD 2012 CPD Programme  a trend that continued in the IAI CPD programme 2013.

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Aims of the IAI CPD Programme

·         Provision of high quality relevant training

·         Upskilling of archaeological practitioners in discipline developments

·         Maintenance, development and adherence to best practice standards

·         Prevention of stagnation-professional and personal


Value of the IAI CPD Programme

The inherent value of the IAI CPD programme is that it is tailored specifically for practitioners within the profession. It provides value-for-money, high quality training that is specific and relevant to archaeologists and heritage specialists. The IAI CPD programme is based primarily on consultation with members of the profession and is developed in response to their needs.


IAI CPD Requirement: 40 hours or 5 days per year.


What counts as CPD?

The value of CPD to the particular individual is based on its relevance to them so if an undertaking develops your skill base, adds to your sum of professional knowledge or the archaeological knowledge base as a whole-it is CPD.

For record purposes there are five main areas:

1.       Training-attendance or giving of conferences, lectures, IAI CPD event, training courses etc.

2.       Professional/Institutional Activities-serving on committees, councils, think-tanks, IAI Board, lectures for organisations, local societies etc.

3.       Publication & Communication-writing, editing, peer-reviewing, articles, books, exhibitions, newspaper pieces, etc.

4.       Post-grad Education-relevant masters etc.

5.       Miscellaneous-to include up to one day of structured reading.


Mandatory CPD

At the 2013 AGM (Spring Conference, Dublin) members voted to amend Article 105 of the IAI Articles of Association  to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to CPD by maintaing and submitting annual CPD Records as a requirement of membership. 


CPD Record IAI CPD Record Sheet 2013

Any system needs to be measurable and the CPD Record is designed to be flexible and easy to use. In all 40 hours of relevant CPD are required. Those who are restricted (parental leave/illness/carers etc.) can fulfil. There are a number of provisos

-actual time spent in CPD activities should be recorded

-structured reading is confined to 1 day (8 hours).


CPD & Membership

Commitment to CPD and participation in CPD activity will be viewed favourably in new membership applications and upgrading to full membership.


CPD Registration & Cancellation Policy

IAI operates a pre-payment policy via cheque, bank transfer or Paypal.

A minimum of 10 participants are required for CPD events to proceed. In the event of cancellation through lack of participation those who have pre-paid will be refunded.

There will be no refunds on participant cancellations recieved between the end of registration and the event.

If you are unable to make it on the day please have the courtesy to inform the CPD Co-ordinator.


CPD Fees



The Continuing Professional Development position is funded through the support of the Heritage Council and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht


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Day of the Dead: Recent Research in Human Osteoarchaeology
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Isotope Analysis CPD
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EMAP Rediscovering Early Medieval Ireland CPD
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Topographical Survey 12 June 2013, 12.56
Topographical Survey
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Archaeology & Architecture CPD 28 May 2013, 15.44
Archaeology & Architecture CPD
The Archaeology & Architecture CPD with Franc Myles took place in the AV room of Collins Barracks on the 24th May 2013. Archaeology & Architecture CPD
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Emerging Ideas: Post-Medieval Seminar
The first of the IAI Emerging Ideas took place in the fitting environs of the old waterworks, the Lifetime Lab, in Cork on the 19th April 2013. Just under thirty people from
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2013 CPD Programme 20 February 2013, 16.17
2013 CPD Programme
IAI CPD programme 2013 2013 sees a new departure in IAI CPD with the inclusion of two Emerging Ideas -seminar based events on Early & Post Medieval Ireland. These are an
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Illustrating Archaeology CPD 07 November 2012, 15.49
Illustrating Archaeology CPD
IAI Illustrating Archaeology CPD 5.11.12, the final CPD of the 2012 Programme took place on Monday 5th November. Many thanks to the NRA who not only provided the venue,
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Deposition & Archiving 2012 02 October 2012, 11.24
Deposition & Archiving 2012
The 2012 DEPOSITION & ARCHIVING CPD began with a tour of the Collections Centre with Judith Finlay and Ed Bourke. The scale of the facility is huge although it is evident
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Corporate CPD 15 September 2012, 09.43
Corporate CPD
  On 12th September IAI delivered its first 'corporate' CPD to the Architect's Department of Fingal County Council. Tailored to the requirements of the architects it
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CPD Steering Group Meeting 15 September 2012, 09.26
CPD Steering Group Meeting
The second CPD Steering group meeting took place on Tuesday 11th September. Thank you to Stephen Johnston (Consultant)), Margaret Keane (DAHG), Ian Doyle (Heritage Council),
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Bone Identification CPD 22 August 2012, 08.41
Bone Identification CPD
  The first IAI CPD workshop to be held in Belfast took place on the 17th August 2012. Dr Finbar McCormick of QUB gave participants a lively run through of the
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Monument Survey CPD 10 July 2012, 15.22
Monument Survey CPD
  It was a rather damp day on the Hill of Tara-many thanks to the OPW for providing the venue-when 19 intrepid souls turned up for the IAI_CPD_MonumentSurvey_9.7 The day
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Community Archaeology 26 June 2012, 11.20
Community Archaeology
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Introduction to Archaeological Geophysics
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Introduction to Conservation Plans
It was a full house for the Introduction to Conservation Plans hosted by the Heritage Council at their headquarters in Kilkenny on the 29th March. The Heritage Council's
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First Aid for Finds 25 June 2012, 15.04
First Aid for Finds
  First Aid for Finds 1st December 2011 saw a repeat of the popular First Aid for Finds workshop held in the Conservation Department of the National Museum. The advice for
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Archaeobotanical Sampling 25 June 2012, 15.02
Archaeobotanical Sampling
  The Environmental Sampling CPD sampling course held by members of the Irish Wood Anatomists Association and the Irish Archaeobotany Discussion Group in TCD. This was an
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LiDAr & GIS 25 June 2012, 15.00
  New technologies, their uses and limitations were dealt with in our Lidar, GIS & Archaeology Lidar GIS & Archaeology CPD with Will Megarry in UCD (22nd October) and
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Communicating Archaeology II 25 June 2012, 14.54
Communicating Archaeology II
Communicating Archaeology II 28th September This workshop built Communicating Archaeology I held in Galway in June 2011. The NRA supplied the venue which was conducive to
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Archiving & Deposition 2011 25 June 2012, 14.46
Archiving & Deposition 2011
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