About CPD at the ARA

Background to the new CPD Programme

The Archives and Records Association (formerly the Society of Archivists) has supported professional development at many levels over the years, including through the start of its new Register of members and its distance-learning Diploma qualification both introduced in the 1980s.

The current ARA Registration Scheme was launched in 1996 - the first successful candidates passed through the Scheme in 1999 and were required to be professionally qualified or to prove considerable professional expertise.

Following the merger of the Society of Archivists into the Archives and Records Association in 2010, the Registration Scheme is now administered by the Registration Sub Committee of the ARA. But by this date, ARA members were also asking for additional levels of CPD support for earlier and later stages of their careers.

How has the new CPD Programme been designed?

The early stages of planning for the new CPD Programme began in 2010 with a CPD Review, followed quickly by the setting up of the CPD Working Group and a survey of the membership on CPD in 2011. The CPD Steering Group was established in 2013, and the CPD Pilot Group likewise in 2014.

Over the last three years, intensive work by volunteers and occasional consultancy projects have resulted in the design of a new CPD Programme which will be launched at the ARA Conference in Manchester in summer 2017. The current Registration Scheme Committee, Registrar and Assessors have also been closely involved in the planning stages. Development is still ongoing but is now reaching completion.

The first formal assessments of the new CPD Programme for Foundation, Registration and for Registration Revalidation will take place in 2018, with Fellowship following in 2019.

Contact details

The CPD Steering Group can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


CPD Steering Group, July 2017