Fees and additional information


Fees and additional information

Programme Fees

The ARA has introduced a low fee structure to cover the professional development programme’s operating costs. The fees are as follows:

Programme annual enrolment fees:

  • £10 Foundation
  • £35 Registered
  • £50 Fellow
  • £10 Retired

Please note that enrolment is free for members who enrol onto the programme before December 2018.

Portfolio assessment fees:

  • £50 Foundation
  • £75 Registered
  • £100 Fellow

Please note that the assessment fee must be paid during the submission of the portfolio.

Revalidation fees

All Foundation, Registered and Fellow members must revalidate their qualification and status with the ARA on a five yearly basis. The revalidation fee is £35. Retired members may revalidate for a fee of £25.

Fees can be paid by Bacs, Cheque or over the phone by credit/debit card. Please contact Jean Lopez, ARA Finance Administrator, Archives & Records Association, Prioryfield House, 20 Canon Street, Taunton Somerset TA1 1SW. Telephone: 01823 327030 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Additional Information

The ARA recognises that personal circumstances and unforeseen issues may mean that some members find it difficult to meet the programme criteria. Such circumstances may include maternity leave, caring responsibilities, changes in personal circumstances, career breaks or sickness.

Candidates are encouraged to discuss any such issues in confidence with the CPD Programme Manager. Reasonable adjustments will be made where appropriate on a case by case basis.

Retired members of ARA

The ARA is committed to supporting all members with their professional development. Alternative assessment criteria are currently being developed to recognise ongoing, post-retirement CPD for retired members. This will take into account reduced opportunities to obtain CPD. Details will be made available as soon as possible.

Candidate and mentor guidance

We are currently developing additional material to support mentors and candidates. Please visit the programme webpage regularly for updates.

Online learning platform

The ARA would like to provide an online platform so that members can develop their portfolios online and share content with their Mentor. The ARA is currently exploring options, and we will advise members once a suitable platform has been found.

Members should therefore download the competency submission forms from the ARA website and begin preparing their evidence with their mentor offline.


For all CPD and professional development programme enquiries please contact the ARA’s CPD programme manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..