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Standards, guidance and training

High quality conservation and management depends on all those involved working in line with professionally recognised standards and sound conservation principles. Local authority archaeologists also have a responsibility to the community to ensure that their work is undertaken to the highest standards.

ALGAO co-ordinates training events to meet specific member needs, and working in partnership with national agencies and others to develop training initiative.

The Association also works with a range of other organisations to develop and promote standards, guidance and best practice across the sector.

A Standard and guidance for archaeological advice by historic environment services

CIfA and ALGAO, with funding from English Heritage (now Historic England), Historic Scotland and Cadw, have produced a CIfA Standard and guidance to cover the role of providing archaeological advice primarily, but not exclusively, through local authority historic environment services.


Standards and guidance


The Association is a member of the Archaeological Training Forum. The ATF is a delegate body which represents all those organisations which have an interest in the issues of training and career development in archaeology. It was constituted in 1998 to review the present provision of training in archaeology and to co-ordinate future strategies to meet the profession's training needs.

A suite of National Occupational Standards in Archaeological Practice has been developed in conjunction with ATF members and after extensive consultation with the sector.

HELM - Historic Environment Local Management: provides information and training to help local authority decision making in the historic environment.

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA)



  • 5-6 March 2013 Fortifications at Risk symposium London. The second symposium of the Fortress Study Group (FSG) will focus on how fortifications can be re-used without the structures losing their historical integrity. Speakers include representativs from heritage bodies in the UK and from overseas, local groups involved with specific fortifications, and architects. Further details/booking form available from the FSG website
  • 26 May 2012 Archaeological Research in progress Conference 2012 Aberdeen. Details - including flyer with booking form available from the Archaeology Scotland website.
  • 29-30th May 2012 Sustainability and heritage: how can the past contribute to a sustainable future? International conference, Orkney College, University of the Highlands and Islands, Kirkwall, Scotland. Details available from the conference website.