Certificate in Archive Conservation

If you specialize in the conservation of records the ARA offers a recognizedqualification that will take you through the practical skills you needto look after books, maps, paper, seals and more

If you are committed to a career in archive conservation the Archives and Records Association offers the training and resources you will need to gain the well respected Certificate in Archive Conservation.

This is a qualification recognised nationally by County councils and Unison. After qualifying archive conservators may then work towards professional accreditation with PACR (Professional Accreditation for Conservator-restorers).

Course modules cover the conservation of books, maps, paper, seals and parchment and teaching is focused on the development of practical skills. There is an introductory week to the course which covers many of the theoretical aspects of both interventive and preventive conservation and to complete the course participants will need to spend a total of 24 weeks on placements.

Who is it for?

To qualify for this course you must be a member of the ARA and currently working within a fully equipped conservation studio.

Due to the modular nature of the course, it is possible for existing professionals to sign up to all or part of the course depending on their need to update their techniques in a certain field or to gain a refresh in a particular specialised area.

Post qualification archive conservators can continue with development by working towards professional accreditation with the PACR (Professional Accreditation for Conservator-Restorers).

Would you like to know more?

For more information, please contact the course Registrar, Deborah Phillips at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or take a look at our Certificate in Archive Conservation FAQ's.