III. Standards for Accreditation 2015


1.1 These are the Standards for Accreditation referred to in Section 3 of the Constitution of the Association. They establish the criteria for membership of the Association. Any changes to the spirit and meaning of the adopted Standards for Accreditation can only be made on approval of a majority of the voting members of APHP as set out in section 7 of the constitution of the Association.

1.2 The examination of the credentials of all prospective accredited or candidate members shall be the responsibility of a Committee of the Association, as established in the Constitution, for such purpose.

1.3 There are five categories of membership: Accredited, Candidate, Associate, Friend and Institution.


There are two sets of requirements for the formal recognition of Accredited members / Professional Heritage Practitioners (PHPs), namely substantive knowledge gained primarily from formal training, and skills gained primarily from experience. These requirements can be satisfied by a combination of the two primary criteria, that is: one, academic qualification and, two, professional experience.

The Association recognises that its members will include both PHPs who will be expert in and be responsible for narrow specialist parts of assessments and PHPs who have broad experience and who will take overall responsibility for comprehensive assessments. Accreditation as a PHP does not, however, distinguish within this range of skills and experience.

The Association also recognises that there will be persons who do not qualify for accreditation as PHPs but who are active in the field and would like to be members of the Association. The Association wishes to encourage practitioners who are engaged in obtaining either the necessary academic qualifications or the relevant professional experience for accredited membership. These members shall be known as Candidate members.

The Friends and Institution category of membership is for people and institutions who support the aims and objectives of the Association.


Consideration shall be given to the entire spectrum of professions and practitioners engaged in the field of heritage resource management and related fields, and includes practitioners in private practice and in the employ of industry, all three spheres of government and NGOs.

2.1 Members shall satisfy the following core requirements:

2.1.1 formal academic training in fields such as:
architecture and architectural history
oral history
landscape architecture
urban design
museology / curating
heritage and museums management
environmental and geographical sciences
forensic pathology
other relevant disciplines;


2.1.2 formal specialist training in conservation or heritage resource management including degrees, diplomas and specialist occasional courses; , or apprenticeship (as defined) to a recognised expert in the field for a period of at least two years is also regarded as ‘formal specialist training’;


2.1.3 experience in one or more of the following activities in a heritage -related context:

documentary and archival research
historical research
site research, including measuring and excavating
surveying / conservation studies of sites or regions
site analysis, including environmental context
assessment of significance
development of heritage-related informants or design indicators
impact assessment
construction and supervision of construction
regulating and drafting legislation
heritage resource management and design control
curating / conserving / interpreting
community and I&AP consultation
oral records and history
indigenous knowledge systems
other heritage-related activities


2.1.4 working knowledge of current heritage resource planning and environmental policy, principles and legislation.

2.2 An absence of either or both formal training and formal specialist training in any of the fields listed above can be compensated for by professional standing and/or public recognition and/or experience in the field.

3.1 Professional Heritage Practitioners

In order to qualify for accreditation as a PHP, the following minimum standards must be satisfied:

3.1.1 Academic Qualifications With a four year university degree (as defined):
A degree equivalent to an Honours degree in architecture, archaeology, history, planning, landscape architecture, urban design or palaeontology or similar
An appropriate specialist one-year (or more) degree or diploma or appropriate occasional courses in heritage conservation or heritage resource management or museology / curating
An apprenticeship (as defined) of at least two years to an expert recognised by the Association in the field of heritage management and the practitioner’s field of specialisation

or With a three-year university degree (as defined):
A three-year undergraduate degree (as defined) in architecture, archaeology, history, planning, landscape architecture, urban design or palaeontology or similar
An appropriate specialist postgraduate masters degree or appropriate diploma or occasional courses which together qualify for professional accreditation in architecture, archaeology, history, planning, museology / curating, landscape architecture, environmental science or urban design or similar
An apprenticeship of at least four years to an expert recognised by the Association.

3.1.2 Professional Experience

Regardless of the academic qualifications, for accreditation at least two years of subsequent appropriate professional experience in at least two of the activities listed under experience in paragraph 2.1.3 above are required.

3.1.3 Special Cases

Practitioners who do not satisfy the required combination of academic qualification and professional experience, but who have been engaged in the heritage-related field, and who are acknowledged by professionals in the field, or communities, can be deemed to satisfy or be exempted from the requirements if their work is judged to be of a sufficient standard by the appropriate Committee of the Association.

3.2 Candidate Members

A Candidate member is a practitioner who does not satisfy the required academic qualifications and/or professional experience, but who works in the heritage-related field and who wishes to be a member of the Association. Candidate members are expected to be working towards accreditation, through such programmes as mentorship, and will be required to formally demonstrate their progress.

A Candidate member will not have voting rights in the Association (as per the Constitution).

Candidates are not accredited as Professional Heritage Practitioners.


"Apprenticeship" means working for an acknowledged conservation or heritage management expert or accredited PHP on two or more of the work-activities listed in Para. 2.1.3. "Apprenticeship" also means satisfaction of the APHP mentorship guidelines.

"Appropriate specialist degree or training" or "appropriate occasional courses" means specialist heritage resource-related training. This can include heritage resource-related courses completed within the member’s degree.

"Post-graduate diploma" means a full-time diploma offered by a university, tertiary training institution or conservation institution (recognised by the Association).

"Four-year (Honours) degree" means a four-year Honours degree offered by a university or tertiary training institution (recognised by the Association).

"Mentorship programme" is the Mentorship system of the Association described in the relevant documentation (details available on the Association website).

"Specialist occasional course" means an occasional short course offered by a university or tertiary training institution or conservation institution (recognised by the Association). For accreditation purposes, the candidate should have completed all requirements of the course rather than simply having attended the course.

"Three-year degree" means a three-year undergraduate degree offered by a university and shall include equivalent qualifications such as four-year Bachelor of Technology offered by a South African university of technology.

(approved changes adopted by quorum dated November 2015)