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RPA Field School Certification


What is RPA Field School Certification?

RPA Certification means that your field school has met a set of professional standards covering the following five areas:
  • Purpose. The field school must have both an explicit research design and an explicit curriculum design that integrates research with student education.

  • Personnel. The Director or Principal Investigator of the field school must be RPA- certified.

  • Operational Procedure. The field school must include formal instruction on field techniques including excavation, survey, and laboratory work.

  • Field Procedure. The field school must include proper data recovery and recording techniques.

  • Sponsor. The sponsoring institution must provide appropriate resources for laboratory work, curation, and publication/distribution of the research results.



Why Certify Your Field School?


Field schools are the training ground for the next generation of archaeologists and an important public face of archaeology. They should display our discipline’s highest standards of research and site stewardship. Both students and prospective employers can be confident that a certified field school meets established professional standards.

Benefits of certification include:

  • National recognition of your field school’s high standards of student training and site recording.

  • Advertisement of your field school on RPA and RPA-affiliated web sites.

  • Eligibility for RPA student field school scholarships.



Apply Today!

If you are interested in obtaining certification for your field school, click here to visit the "Field School Application" page.


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