For commercially funded work CIfA strongly recommends the use of its Registered Organisations. See our Client Guide for more information.
Archaeological projects are complex. Registered Organisations have demonstrated the requisite skills to:
- provide informed and reliable advice
- execute schemes of work appropriate to the circumstances, minimising uncertainty, delay and cost
- subscribe to codes of professional conduct and practice
CIfA's Registered Organisation scheme is a unique quality assurance scheme. It is a badge of commitment to professional standards and competence.
When you employ a Registered Organisation you can be confident that it has been assessed and found to be professional and accountable.
Registration is for a finite period, after which organisations must re-apply. They undergo rigorous peer review, and are subject to an inspection (which includes a site visit for organisations that undertake intrusive works). The inspection (under normal circumstances) is repeated for each registration period.
- Draft 2019 inspection schedule
- Details of how to participate as an inspection panel member
- Details of how to participate as a member of the Registration Committee (Organisations)
Registered Organisations are strictly bound to the CIfA Code of conduct (PDF file) and other regulations, they must work in accordance with defined policies and procedures, and comply with current best practice. They will fully document their work, findings and advice, carry adequate professional insurance, and be committed to providing their staff with a fair employment package and the CIfA’s minimum salaries.
Registered Organisations are subject to sanctions if they fail to comply with the scheme and can ultimately be removed from the Register. A complaints procedure also exists formally to address allegations of professional misconduct.
Where you see the Registered Organisation logo, you can be confident that the organisation has demonstrated they have the skills to provide informed and reliable advice and execute appropriate schemes of work while minimising uncertainty, delays and cost.
Are you an organisation that should register?
Registering a commercial organisation demonstrates the requisite skills to provide informed and reliable advice, execute schemes of work appropriate to the circumstances, minimising uncertainty, delay and cost, and subscribe to codes of professional conduct and practice. CIfA actively promotes Registered Organisations to potential clients. Therefore CIfA strongly recommends registration for quality conscious organisations.
See the following page if you are interested in registering your organisation.