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Professional Designation

Peer-reviewed Membership Categories

Anyone can be a member of AIC. All one has to do to become a member at the Associate level is pay the annual membership dues. However, members with professional designation are conservation professionals who have had their training, knowledge, and experience reviewed by a body of professional conservators who are recognized in the field for their commitment to the purposes for which AIC was established. They include include conservators, conservation scientists, educators, or others professionally involved in conservation.

Application
Deadlines

January 1
July 1
October 1


Who can apply?

Professional Associate Qualifications

A candidate for professional associate designation must:

  • be a current Associate member
  • have earned an undergraduate university degree or the international equivalent (a waiver may be attained by writing to the Membership Committee explaining any equivalent education)
  • have two years (2) of full-time formal education or related supervised training in a field appropriate to other professional involvement in conservation (e.g., chemistry for conservation scientists, library science for library preservation administrators, art history for museum conservation administrators, business management for administrators).
  • have three (3) years of full-time work or its part-time equivalent in conservation or in a conservation related profession after training. Program training internships may not be counted toward this requirement.

Fellow Qualifications

A candidate for fellow designation must:

  • have two (2) years prior membership with Professional Associate designation.
  • must have a minimum of ten years of experience after conservation training or part-time experience which equals ten (10) years of full-time experience. Such experience should have enabled an individual to develop considerable professional skills and judgment with demonstrable achievement in such areas as conservation treatment practice, scholarly research, education, scientific investigation, and preservation management. Post-graduate fellowships or internships may be included in the required 10 years of experience.
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Why apply?

There are many additional benefits you will receive with Professional Associate or Fellow designation:

  1. Listing in the public “Find a Conservator” tool on our website
    Membership at this level puts you in touch with the greatest number of potential clients by being approved to be listed in the online guide Find a Conservator.This benefit may be particularly attractive for those in private practice or interested in private work.
  2. Ability to Use the AIC PA and Fellow Marks in Marketing Materials
    Only Professional Associate and Fellows are allowed to use the AIC PA and/or Fellow Mark in the marketing of their private practice to the public. The use of our logo distinguishes you from the many businesses that do not abide by our Code of Ethics.
  3. Resume recognition when applying for jobs, contracts and grants
    Peer-reviewed designation is valued on job and grant applications for many institutions and governments agencies. In fact, some government issued RFQ’s (requests for quotes) that applicants are Professional Associates or Fellows.
  4. Eligibility to apply for certain Professional Development Opportunities
    Some workshops and courses run by the Foundation of AIC are only open to Professional Associate and Fellow members of AIC.
  5. Eligibility to apply for Individual Professional Development Scholarships
    When you find yourself in a position where you want to attend a meeting but do not have the funds to attend, being able to apply for this funding can help defray costs for your professional development activities, including attending workshops, courses and conferences.
  6. Respect from among your peers and colleagues
    The respect and appreciation of peer-reviewed designation among conservators in the United States is very evident. If you want other conservators to advocate for you, provide them with the means to do so-getting peer approval designation in a profession is the easiest way to do this. The colleagues you respect and admire think that being a Professional Associate and Fellow is a valuable part of being a professional conservator, aspire to join them as well.


How to apply

Details about how to apply for each designation are on subsequent pages. Click on the links to the right to find out more information.

Application Deadlines: January 1, July 1, and October 1.

Application Review Process

After you finalized and submit your application, we will forward it to the chair and one other member of the Membership Committee (based your chosen specialty) for their review. The entire committee then meets at the end of the month of the deadline cycle to discuss applications. We will inform you of their decision via email after the meeting. If your application is approved, we will immediately change your record in the database and in the following weeks send you a certificate signed by the AIC president.

Note to the Public

Professional Marks

AIC's peer-reviewed members may use the following logos, or marks, to share their status.

 
AIC Professional Associate
While most PA and Fellow members are listed in our Find A Conservator tool, some choose not to be listed publicly. These marks, associated with a member's name, show their designation within the association. Contact us to confirm membership status as well.

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