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We are the national membership organization supporting conservation professionals in preserving cultural heritage by establishing and upholding professional standards, promoting research and publications, providing educational opportunities, and fostering the exchange of knowledge among conservators, allied professionals, and the public.

Membership is open to any person who has shown interest in these purposes, without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, disability status, sexual orientation, marital status, ethnic or national origin.

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Photo: Kaela Nurmi

Membership Term

Membership runs from January 1st of one year to December 31st of the same year. However, if you join as a new member of AIC after August 1st, you will receive the remainder of the current year for free and be a member through the following year.

AIC offers many different ways to be a member:

Primary Member Types

For Individuals

Full Memberships.......................................................................................................................$149/year
  • Associates: category open to anyone who is working in the field or is interested in and would like to learn more about conservation.  This includes practicing conservators as well as conservation educators, conservation administrators, conservation scientists, conservation technicians, collections care specialists, museum curators, administrators, librarians, archivists, art historians, and even members of the public.
    Peer-Reviewed Designation
    Conservation professionals who, through training, knowledge, and experience, have shown a commitment to the purposes for which AIC was established and who want to distinguish themselves in the field may apply for for these peer-reviewed membership types.
  • Professional Associates:  a candidate for professional associate status must have earned an undergraduate university degree (or the international equivalent) and completed at least two years of basic conservation training and three years of experience in his/her special field beyond the training period (third/fourth year degree program internships are considered training).

  • Fellows: a candidate for fellow status in addition to the qualifications for professional associate status must have a minimum of ten years of experience after conservation training and two years prior membership as a professional associate. Moreover, evidence must be submitted of sustained high-quality professional skills and of ethical behavior.

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    Reduced Dues Memberships...................................................................................................$71/year
    AIC offers reduced dues for those people who are at the beginning or end of their careers in conservation.
  • Students: any student at the undergraduate or graduate level may become a member of of AIC, including those exploring the possibility of entering the field of conservation. Copy of a student ID that is current or has been expired for three years or less is required at the time of application. 

  • Retirees: current members who retire from the profession are eligible for reduced member dues. 
  • Post Graduate Year: category for those who have just finished their graduate training and are entering the profession full-time ($95/year).

For Organizations

Institutional ...................................................................................................................$235/year
Members include museums, libraries, educational institutions, businesses, and other organizations that share an interest in the purposes of AIC and that support the field of conservation.


Secondary Memberships

You may add a membership to one or more of our specialty groups for additional fees. Specialty groups are subgroups within AIC that focus on particular area of expertise or professional interest.  Specialty groups publish bi-monthly columns in the AIC News, conduct sessions at the Annual Meeting, and send representatives to Internal Advisory Group meetings.

$25/$10 (student);
$35; $45 (foreign); $15 (student); $25 (foreign student)
$25; $5 (student)
Electronic Media
  • $25
  • $5 (student)
Objects
  • $25
  • $5 (student)
Paintings
  • $25
  • $5 (student)
Photographic Materials
  • $30
  • $10 (student)
Research & Technical Studies
  • $20
  • $13 (student)
Textiles
  • $30
  • $40 (foreign)
  • $15 (student)
  • $25 (foreign student)
Wooden Artifacts
  • $30
  • $5 (student)