Subscription and renewal

CIfA members who have suffered a loss of income due to the current COVID-19 situation can claim an immediate reduction on their subscription fees by applying for a concessionary rate (see information below).

If you feel you are going to struggle with payment, there is also the option of switching to instalment direct debit. These run from 1 June to 1 March the following year. If you would like to set up a direct debit please complete a direct debit form (PDF) with original signature and return it to us by email or post.

  • The subscription year runs from 1 April to 31 March the following year
  • Subscription renewals are usually circulated in February and are due by 1 April
  • Subscription bands are based on your grade of accreditation
  • Concessionary rates are available for anyone earning less that the recommended minimum salary level for their grade of accreditation (see below for more information)
  • If you are planning to upgrade your accreditation you will still need to renew your subscription at your current grade and then we will request the additional amount due once you have upgraded
  • Student members can continue to pay the Student subscription category for up to one year after your graduation date
  • For further information, see our subscription FAQs (PDF) and subscription statuses explained (PDF)

Online renewal

Your username will be your 'First name Last name'. If you have forgotten your password and need to reset this please follow the CIfA website password instructions (PDF).

We do not store credit card details, nor do we share financial details with any 3rd parties.

Historic Environment Journal

There are four issues of the Historic Environment Journal per year available to CIfA members at the reduced annual subscription of £36.00 (a discount of 53% off the usual subscription price of £78.00). Taylor & Francis also include access to content online for past volumes.

If you would like to subscribe to the journal, you can opt into this when renewing.

Concessionary rates

Concessionary rates must be re-applied for each subscription year. If you do not have documentation to support your concessionary application we will accept a signed covering letter explaining your circumstances.

If you are an accredited member (PCIfA, ACIfA and MCIfA) and your income is less than the minimum salary for your grade you can apply for a concessionary rate by submitting a concessionary request form (PDF). For example, you may be an Associate (ACIfA) member of the Institute and expected to pay the ACIfA annual fee, but if you are employed in a post that has PCIfA-level responsibility and pay you would then be able to apply for a reduction in your subscription fee to the rate paid by a PCIfA member. If you are earning less than the PCIfA minimum salary then you can apply for a further reduction to the low income category or the unemployed or earning less than £10,000 category. If you work part-time, you would also be eligible for a concessionary rate if your income does not meet the relevant recommended scale.

Claiming tax back on fees

You can claim tax relief (PDF) on your subscription if you are a UK tax payer. You will now find us under 'A' on the HM Revenue & Customs approved list.