Education and Training Committee (ETC)


The ETC was established by AICCM National Council to address training and education needs for conservators within Australia as well as the conservation education of non-conservators.

Scope of project

  • Advocate for professional, university based education for conservators to the highest standard in Australia and aligned with international benchmarks. This includes encouraging communication with, and between, course convenors.
  • Respond to ongoing training and professional development needs of conservators and allied colleagues.
  • Advocate professional membership of the AICCM as an industry benchmark within the private and public sectors. AICCM professional membership criteria enables graduates to be endorsed as professional conservators by the AICCM.

Update: November 2015

At the National Conference in Hobart two documents were ratified at the AGM: Statement on Conservators in an Australian Context, and Statement on Conservation Technicians/Assistants in an Australian context.

These documents update previous AICCM definitions, and aim to clarify the role of conservators, technicians and assistants in an Australian context.

They describe a range of skills, knowledge and activities required by cultural heritage conservation professionals, and are designed to be used as a reference for students, educational providers, those seeking to contract conservators and other employers. The statements have been developed by the Education and Training Committee of the AICCM and draw heavily on international standards and on Australian position descriptions.

Please note: The AICCM Education and Training Committee replaces the Education Standing Committee  (2003 - 2015). The ETC revised terms of reference reflect the increased role of the committee in supporting professional membership development needs. 

Update: February 2014

  • Terms of reference was revised and was submitted to National Council for sign off. 
  • The committee is currently working on documenting and articulating competencies of a conservator for potential employers and stakeholders. The existing definitions of a Conservator and Conservation Technician are not comprehensive enough and do not articulate levels of skills. 
  • Discussion revolved around AICCM's role in Conservation Professional Development. AICCM has traditionally focused on provision of mid career training, but the need to facilitate entry level hands-on skills development is becoming apparent. In collaboration with the SIGS and Professional membership committee the ESC could identify gaps in skills and develop a program of entry and mid career level training.


Read Executive Summary: A survey of human and financial resources in Australian conservation and preservation (2006). A Collection Council of Australia Research Report

Read Attainable and Sustainable: Skills gap in Conservation in Australia (2000). An AICCM report for the Heritage Collections Council

Need more information?

Contact the Chair of the Education and Training Committee