I. Membership Categories

The Association has three categories of membership for practitioners and the additional categories of Friend and Institution.

Professional Heritage Practitioner (PHP):

A PHP is a practitioner who has demonstrated training and experience in the sector. PHPs may be responsible for narrow or specialist parts of assessments as well as having broad experience and are able to take overall responsibility for integrating specialist work into comprehensive assessments. PHPs are experienced enough to be engaged in any part of a wide range of heritage resource-related projects.

Candidate Members:

A Candidate is a member who is active in the heritage field and is engaged in study and/or working in the sector but who has insufficient qualifications and/or experience to be accredited as a fully-fledged PHP.

Associate Members:

An Associate is a member who works in the field but does not satisfy the academic criteria required to become an Accredited or Candidate Member.


Members of the public who support the aims and objectives of the Association can join as Friends. Friends are invited to seminars and receive news of developments in the sector that are sent to members, but they have no status as practitioners.


Any Association or Body may join the Association as an Institutional Member, subject to their support for the aims and objectives of the Association. Institutional members are invited to seminars and receive news of developments in the sector that are sent to members, but they have no status as practitioners.


Candidate members are offered the opportunity to enter a mentorship program with an experienced PHP or equivalent professional. The mentor helps the Candidate to develop the skills, training and experience necessary for them to progress to full accreditation as professional consultants. Please refer to our Mentorship Policy for more information.


On application to join the Association (see the button on the left of the screen), potential members list their qualifications and other relevant data and pay an application fee. The applications are assessed by the Association's Accreditation Committee, which decides whether full accreditation, candidate  or associate status is recommended. The decision is ratified by EXCO and the new member is then registered once they have paid their membership fee.

Candidates wishing to enter mentorship will be assisted in finding an appropriate mentor. APHP's Mentorship Committee assists the Candidate in taking the following steps:

  • assess the necessary experience required for full accreditation of the Candidate by interacting with the Accreditation Committee on behalf of the Candidate;
  • decide the appropriate profile of mentor;
  • identify an appropriate senior heritage practitioner/ professional who is prepared to mentor the Candidate in question;
  • to draw up a "contract" between the mentor and Candidate that enables the Candidate to accumulate the experience and develop the appropriate skills to fulfil their needs and ambitions; and
  • once these have been satisfied, to make application to the Accreditation Committee for accreditation.

Candidates are invited to approach the Mentorship Committee through its chairperson, Dr Stephen Townsend (021-4249871 or 072-9271300; but preferably via email in the first instance: ssquared@worldonline.co.za), to initiate the process of identifying and making contact with a potential mentor and agreeing on a "contract" with the mentor that sets out the experience required for the accreditation sought.

The required formal academic training, specialist training, work experience and working knowledge of current heritage resource-, planning- and environment-related policy, legislation and management for accreditation is outlined in the Association's Standards for Accreditation which can be downloaded from this site or obtained from the secretary -  info.wcape@aphp.org.za