The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) is the leading professional body representing archaeologists working in the UK and overseas. We:
- represent the interests of archaeology and archaeologists to government, policy makers and industry
- set standards for archaeological practice and issues guidelines to support these
- improve career prospects by promoting professional development and providing training opportunities
- through our Registered Organisations scheme, improve employment practices and raises standards of work
- act as the self-regulating body for the archaeological profession.
History of the Institute
The Institute was created in 1982 as the Institute for Field Archaeologists and became the Institute for Archaeologists in 2006. We achieved a Royal Charter in December 2014. Our Brief History of CIfA (PDF file) gives an overview about why the Institute was established and what it has achieved to date.
The Institute has over 3500 individual members, and around 80 registered organisations. As well as offering professional accreditation for individual or organisations, there are a variety of other benefits of membership to help support archaeologists and help to develop your career or business.
CIfA is a democratic membership organisation and is governed by its Royal Charter and by-laws. The Board of Directors is responsible for managing the affairs of CIfA in accordance with the Charter and by-laws, with the day to day running of CIfA carried out by the staff. The Advisory Council represents the interests of the membership and offer thoughtful and detailed advice to the Board of Directors on policy, strategy and potentially controversial decisions.
In October of each year the CIfA holds an AGM. Recent Annual Reports can be found below.
- 2018 CIfA Annual review; Audited accounts 2017/18; Hon Treasurer report 2018;Group reports 2017-18
- 2017 CIfA Annual Review; Audited accounts 2016/17;Treasurer's report 2016-17; Group reports 2016-17
- 2016 CIfA Annual Review
- 2015 CIfA Annual Review (PDF file)
- audited accounts to 31 March 2014 (PDF file)
- 2013 Annual Report (PDF file)
- 2012 Annual Report (PDF file)
- 2011 Annual Report (PDF file)
- 2010 Annual Report (PDF file)
Professional networks and area groups
Our professional networks and area groups provide a forum for discussion and development within the many strands of professional archaeology - from the marine environment to buildings archaeology, forensic archaeologists to geophysicists, and from the new generation through to current experts in graphics archaeology. Our groups help CIfA achieve the ambitious aims set out in our 2010-20 Strategic Plan, which provides the roadmap for our current business plan.
As a member of the Professional Associations Research Network, CIfA is:
- Keeping up-to-date with the latest sector research and best practice guidance
- Equipped through training and events to deal with the challenges professional bodies face
- Part of an active network of professional bodies that learn from each other