order to qualify as a Full Member of the Association it is necessary
for a candidate to present examples of his/her work to a panel
of assessors for critical analysis and consideration. Applicants
must already have been accepted as Licentiate members of the
Association, but there is no minimum time restriction before
applying for Assessment once subscriptions have been paid.
When does the assessment panel meet?
Assessment panels may be convened whenever there are a sufficient
number of candidates to justify setting one up. The dates
for these are not fixed- and will depend on the number of
candidates, the availability of candidates and that of members
of the Assessment panel.
How can I apply?
To apply for Assessment, the candidate should complete a form,
obtainable from the Assessments Officer, provide the names
and addresses of two referees, list what categories of work
they intend to submit and supply a CV. At least one of the
referees should be a previous or current employer or client.
The candidate is invited to submit work from any or all of
the categories listed.
What do I need to supply?
Candidates are asked to submit their work in the form of a
well-presented portfolio consisting, preferably, of published
or original material, although good quality copies will often
suffice. The Association will normally require evidence for
a high standard in at least three categories for a pass. However,
candidates with a narrow specialism will be considered favourably.
The Assessments Officer can advise on this subject.
But what if I’m not based in the UK?
Candidates who live and work abroad may arrange a postal assessment
with the Assessments Officer. Again, good quality copies of
their work are required, but in addition, a dissertation on
their methods and approach are needed.
Who will be assessing my work?
The assessment panel usually consists of three Full Members
of the Association and one external specialist working within
archaeology, chosen depending on the range of skills of the
candidates. In order to maintain consistency of Assessment
and standards, one panel member is usually held over for the
What happens at the Assessment?
The Assessment is an interview in which the candidate is asked
to tell the panel about their background and experience and
then to work through their portfolio in discussion with the
panel. This should not be seen as an onerous experience, but
as a discussion with your professional colleagues and peers
on the presentation and quality of your work. The candidate
then retires to allow the panel to discuss their views of
the presented work and mark it accordingly. Following discussion
among the panel, the candidate is then invited back to the
meeting room to discuss any relevant points raised by the
panel about their work and is informed of the outcome.