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.

Standards and guidance for archaeological advice by historic environment services

CIfA and ALGAO, with funding from Historic England, Historic Scotland and Cadw, have produced a CIfA Standard and guidance (PDF file) 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.

These bodies also provide information on training and professional development: