Core Documents

Commentaries to the Guidelines for Practice

Commentary 9 - Education

  1. Rationale
    • Conservation personnel include: conservators, conservation administrators, conservation educators, conservation scientists, conservation technicians, collections care specialists, and students of conservation.
    • Participation in educational activities by conservation professionals with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences enriches the field. Such participation provides access to knowledge gained through practical experience as well as formal training.
    • Mutual agreement is desirable to ensure that both parties have the same goals and expectations.
  2. Minimum Accepted Practice
    • Conservation professionals must restrict their educational activities to areas in which they have appropriate knowledge, ability, time and facilities.
    • In academic settings, objectives and obligations are established and mutually agreed upon through curricula, syllabi, and course outlines. When education is undertaken in a one to one situation, as in an apprenticeship, both parties must define and agree upon goals and expectations.
    • Conservation professionals must avoid the exploitation of a one to one educational situation as a means of obtaining inexpensive labor.
  3. Recommended Practice
    • In one to one situations, both parties are encouraged to put their agreements in writing.


Approved by the AIC Board May 30, 2001.