Professional Membership

AICCM recognises conservation professionals who meet the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct by awarding them professional membership. Achieving AICCM professional membership demonstrates that the conservator is a leader in their field, who contributes to Australian conservation as a whole while pursuing their own ongoing professional development.

Professional members are the public face of conservation in Australia. Only professional members are listed in our Find a Conservator online directory and are the first port of call for anyone seeking conservation services or advice. Professional members are called upon by everyone from members of the general public looking to employ a conservator or find out more about conservation in our national institutions, to media outlets requesting expert commentary. 

In the coming months, AICCM will be promoting our professional members more prominently than ever though dedicated individual profiles on the AICCM homepage. These rotating tiles will feature each of our professional members on a monthly schedule, displaying their image, with a direct link to their AICCM profile and contact information.

Professional members of AICCM are able to demonstrate publicly that they have achieved these high professional standards by use of the appendix PMAICCM (Professional Member of the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material) after their name in a professional capacity.

AICCM’s professional members have a wide variety of skills, interests and backgrounds, but are united by their shared commitment to the advancement of conservation in Australia.  

Applications for professional membership are now being sought.


Assessment Criteria

To be eligible for Professional Membership, applicants must currently be a financial member of the AICCM and have a minimum of six years relevant professional service/employment and/or education/training in the materials conservation field; and demonstrate:

  • The nature and extent of conservation specific training/education programs undertaken.  
  • The nature and suitability of internship or in-service training and alternative training methods
  • Evidence of application of and adherence to the AICCM Code of Ethics and Code of Practice.  
  • Evidence of involvement in AICCM activities 
  • Three referees  

Current CV/resume 

Professional Membership is granted for a period of five years (in the event of leave of absence, such as maternity or child care leave, the gap years will be counted as zero, for example, for a two year gap the calendar years may be seven but it will be regarded as five). Professional members may apply for renewal by submitting a log book detailing continuing professional development activities. Renewing Professional Members are required to accrue a minimum of 150 points over a 5 year period. Refer to the Continuing Professional Development Point System for approved activities and point allocations. 


Application Process

There are two application rounds per year, opening in April and October. Applications will be assessed by the Professional Development Assessment Committee made up of a panel of three Professional Members. Recommendations for acceptance will be made to the next following sitting of the AICCM National Council.

  • Assessment dates for 2017: 30 April and 6 November

Initial Applicants

Submit a completed application form, three references and supporting information, accompanied by a non-refundable application/processing fee of $100 to the AICCM Professional Membership officer at secretariat@aiccm.org.au.


Renewing Applicants

Please contact the Professional Membership Officer for further information on the renewal process. All applications are treated in confidence, and notification of successful application or reasons for rejection will be forwarded to the applicant following assessment by the Committee. 


Referees 

Three written references are required from contacts (preferably members of AICCM) to whom the Council may refer for information as to your character, qualifications, training and experience. All three referees must fill in and sign the referee report and return it to the Professional Membership officer by the application deadline. When contacting your referees, please forward them a referee report template found on the AICCM professional membership web page. 

Referees should note that their recommendation of the applicant must be seriously considered and that they may be contacted by the Professional Development Assessment Committee. When completing the report, referees need to consider the following:

  • Do you know the work of the candidate well enough to comment upon their performance, competence and execution of the work?
  • What evidence do you have to show that the candidate is of good character and behaves in an ethical manner with professional integrity?
  • Has the candidate displayed any behaviour which is contrary to the AICCM Code of Ethics?

Application Documentation

The following application documentation is provided in Word format. These must be submitted electronically to the Professional Membership Officer. 


Need more information? Email the Professional Membership Officer or the Secretariat.