AAI&S has three standard grades of membership. All membership
grades are required to follow the AAI&S Code of Conduct
and are subject to payment of an annual subscription at whatever
rate has been set. Any entitlements cease if membership lapses.
Associate status is open to those who work in other
archaeological disciplines and to those who are interested
in the activities of the Association, but who do not have
the experience required for other grades of membership. Associate
members do not have voting rights and referees are not required.
Licentiate status is open to those pursuing a career or interest
in the subject. Grade is conditional on confirmation by two
referees that the applicant has completed satisfactory work
for them, or by production of copies of recent published work.
Licentiates have voting rights and are eligible to apply for
Open to those pursuing a career or interest in the subject
who have already joined at Licentiate level.
Membership is conditional on the examination of a portfolio
of work by an Assessment Panel supported by two full references
and a CV. Full Members have voting rights, an entitlement
to use the suffix MAAIS, may advertise their work in the Gallery
section of the website and may join the Association of Illustrators
(AOI) at a favourable concessionary rate.
More about the assessment process.
There are two more special categories.
Licentiate Graduate is a grade intended
to assist newly qualified practitioners while they establish
their careers. Licentiate graduates have the same status and
rights as other Licentiates but pay a reduced subscription.
This status lasts for two years after which the person reverts
to being a normal Licentiate.
Fellow/Honarary Fellow is a category reserved
for those who, in the opinion of the Council, have made a
significant contribution to the development of the discipline.
The status of Honorary Fellow may be awarded in special circumstances
to non-members of the AAI&S. Election is by nomination
to Council (c/o the Hon Secretary) with a detailed summary
of why the candidate should be considered. The successful
Fellow and Honorary Fellow is entitled to use the suffix FAAIS
or Hon. FAAIS and is not subject to subscriptions.
For ordinary grades of membership a concessionary reduced
rate of subscription is available for those in full-time education,
for those retired from employment, and for people currently
unemployed or in reduced circumstances.