Anyone can join AIC!

Have an interest in or knowledge of conservation, or work in an allied field? We welcome ALL as members! Join and grow with us.

2019 Membership Rates:

Membership type Rate
Regular individual membership  $149 
Student or retiree membership  $71 
Institutional membership (form) $235 
Add specialty groups for specialized information and publications   Varies 

See below for details, and visit our member benefits page.

Membership Details

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.

Katherine Langdon, intern, MFA Boston
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 of one year, you will receive the remainder of the year for free, and expiration date will be December 31st of the following year.

AIC offers many different ways to be a member:

Primary Member Types

Individual Member

Full Membership - $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: are conservators, conservation scientists, educators, or others professionally involved in conservation who, through training, knowledge, and experience, have shown a commitment to the purposes for which AIC was established. The PA category was established in 1980. 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 training and three years of experience in his/her special field beyond the training period (third/fourth year degree program internships are considered training). Applicants without an undergraduate degree may still apply, but first must request a waiver from the Membership Committee. Candidates must agree in writing to abide by the Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice.
  • 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. Applicants for Fellow status must also demonstrate that they have participated in an exchange of ideas regarding methods. 

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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

AIC’s Institutional Membership is primarily intended for organizations (museums, libraries, archives, educational institutions, businesses, etc.) to show their support for the field of conservation, and gain knowledge about its research and activities.

Institutional members must select a primary contact to distribute benefits. The institution will receive: one print subscription to the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (JAIC); access to the entire JAIC catalogue via one email address; a subscription to the bimonthly member e-newsletter AIC News; a discount on annual meeting registration for one employee; access to member-restricted sections of the AIC website for the primary contact only; and member and advocacy information sent via email. Institutional members who also join a specialty group will receive any postprints (sent annually, where applicable) that group produces.

This membership is not intended to replace an individual membership. Individual members gain access to workshop discounts and grant/scholarship applications; member-only distribution email lists; access to the member forum and online directory; can vote in AIC elections; and may apply for peer-reviewed membership to enhance their careers and possibly serve in the AIC leadership.

Institutions interested primarily in a JAIC subscription, or to gain electronic access to JAIC via IP-based all-campus access, should contact our publisher at

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)
$25; $5 (student)
$25; $5 (student)
$25; $5 (student)
$30; $10 (student)
$20; $13 (student)
$30; $40 (foreign); $15 (student); $25 (foreign student)
$30; $10 (student)