Continuous Professional Development

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History of IAI CPD Programme 

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is maintaining and broadening the profession’s skill base and standards. The need for 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.

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, is developed in response to their needs and is overseen by a steering group.

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.

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


We would like to offer our sincere thanks to the Heritage Council and the National Monuments Service for their continued support and funding of our CPD Programme.