Join the ARA

Join the ARA

We are the leading professional body for Archivists, Archive Conservators and Records Managers.

Advancing the archives and records management sector is at the heart of what we do. We set national competency standards in archival and records management practice in the UK, Ireland and internationally. We reward those who meet competency standards with our professional qualifications Foundation (FMARA), Registered (RMARA) and Fellowship (FARA). ARA professional qualifications are recognised by many employers and clients, helping advance your career opportunities and salary prospects.

We are devoted to working, with our members, to achieve excellence in the care of records and in supporting the effective management and sharing of record systems.

We promote the reputation and importance of the profession, and those employed within it. We represent your views, highlight your work, fund research, celebrate best practice and lobby your interests. We champion fair pay across the sector by recommending minimum salary levels.

We raise awareness through Explore Your Archive, a public awareness campaign with The National Archives, and Don't Risk It! Know Your records, a campaign promoting the benefits of good records management to boardrooms across the UK and Ireland. We also administer the All Party Parliamentary Group on Archives and History.

Membership is open to everyone. Become part of our professional community at the forefront of archives, archive conservation and records management. Join the ARA today.

Contact Us

If you need any help please contact our Membership team on 01823 327077 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.