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Benefits
The Association welcomes applications from qualified applicants. Benefits of membership include:

  • Standards of Practice shared by the professional community;
  • Opportunities to voice your heritage concerns and lobby government agencies;
  • Access to news, issues and alerts posted on the BCAPA email discussion list;
  • Login privileges to the Members' Only Section of the BCAPA website;
  • Job listings at reduced member rates;
  • Educational and professional workshops at reduced member rates;
  • Advertising and promotion on the website;
  • Networking opportunities through individual BCAPA members and affiliated companies and institutions.


Membership Types


Are you applying as a new member?

Click on the membership types above to learn more about each, and fill in the appropriate application form.

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Membership in the BC Association of Professional Archaeologists is restricted to archaeologists, archaeological managers, and related professionals practicing archaeology in British Columbia, as well as students studying archaeology. Individuals interested in applying for membership should review the Constitution and Current Bylaws of the Association prior to submitting a membership application.

Several classes of membership are available, including Student , Affiliate, Intern, Associate and Professional. A Leave-of-Absence category is also available. Criteria for each type of membership are outlined below. Additional application details, including submission instructions, are explained on the application forms.

BCAPA Bylaws state that only the Directors of the Association can accept new members. The Membership Committee receives and reviews applications, checks references, obtains any additional information that may be required in order to review an application, and then forwards a recommendation for acceptance or rejection of an application to the Directors. The Directors then review the recommendation of the Committee and inform the Committee of their decision. The Committee then informs the applicant of the Directors' decision. A person becomes a member as of the date the Directors accept an application. If you have any questions regarding the membership application process, please contact the Chair of the Membership Committee.

If you are interested in BC archaeology, and want more information on how to become involved in the discipline as a lay person, please contact the Archaeological Society of British Columbia.


Student Member

A person who meets the following criteria is eligible for membership in the society as a Student Member:

  • Is currently enrolled in a degree-granting institute in a course program leading to a degree in archaeology or an archaeology-related field, or has graduated from such a program within the last 24 months; and
  • Provides a photocopy of their current student ID, or a letter from a recognized official at the institution that can confirm their status as a student in good standing.

Are you applying for a Student Membership?

Click here to download a student application form. Please email the completed form to admin@bcapa.ca and make payment using the PayPal form below.


Student Membership



Intern Member

This membership category is intended for archaeologists working full or part-time in B.C., but without enough experience for the Associate category. A person who meets the following criteria is eligible for membership in the society as an Intern Member:

  • Is engaged either part-time or full-time as an archaeologist;
  • Has a Bachelor's degree in archaeology, or anthropology with a specialty in archaeology;
  • Has 12 months (240 working days) of archaeological experience, including 10 months (200 working days) of experience in British Columbia; and
  • Can provide the name, address and telephone number of one Professional Member of the association who is knowledgeable about the applicant's general qualifications and experience and will provide a reference for the applicant.

Are you applying for an Intern Membership?

Click here to download an intern application form.
Please email the completed form to admin@bcapa.ca and make payment using the PayPal form below.


Intern Membership



Affiliate Member

This membership category is intended for non-archaeologists working full or part-time in archaeological/heritage management work, or in a related discipline, in B.C. A person who meets the following criterion is eligible for membership in the society as an Affiliate Member:

  • Is engaged either part-time or full-time as an archaeologist or archaeological resource manager or planner or engaged in a related field that supports the discipline of archaeology;
  • Has a Bachelor's degree in a discipline other than archaeology or anthropology with a specialty in archaeology, or has successfully completed at least one Resource Information Standards Committee course in archaeology, or an equivalent combination of training and experience which meets the qualities and standards of the society;
  • Has 12 months (240 working days) of archaeological and/or archaeological management/planning experience, including 10 months (200 working days) of experience in British Columbia; and
  • Can provide the name, address and telephone number of one Professional Member of the association, who is knowledgeable about the applicant's general qualifications and experience and will provide a letter of support for the applicant.

Are you applying for an Affiliate Membership?

Click here to download an affiliate application form. Please email the completed form to admin@bcapa.ca and make payment using the PayPal form below.


Affiliate Membership



Associate Member

This membership category is intended for archaeologists working full or part-time in B.C., but without enough experience for the Professional category. A person who meets the following criteria is eligible for membership in the society as an Associate Member (previously known as "Qualifying" Member):

  • Is engaged either part-time or full-time as an archaeologist;
  • Has a Bachelor's degree in archaeology, or anthropology with a specialty in archaeology, or an equivalent combination of training, research and writing experience which meets the qualities and standards of the society;
  • Has 18 months (360 working days) of archaeological experience, including one year (240 working days) of archaeological experience in British Columbia. Days of experience include not only field work, but also lab work, data analysis, site forms, reporting, and other archaeological research activities. Up to 15% of the time needed to meet this criterion (54 days of total experience and 36 days of B.C. experience) can be volunteer time;
  • Has made a contribution to an archaeological overview or impact assessment report which meets the qualities and standards of the society;
  • Has a demonstrable understanding of all relevant legislation; and
  • Can provide the name, address and telephone number of one Professional Member of the association, who is knowledgeable about the applicant's general qualifications and experience and will provide a reference for the applicant.

Are you applying for an Associate Membership?

Click here to download an associate application form. Please email the completed form to admin@bcapa.ca and make payment using the PayPal form below.


Associate Membership



Professional Member (RPCA)

This membership category is intended for archaeologists working full or part-time in B.C. A person who meets the following criteria is eligible for membership in the society as a Professional Member:

  • Is engaged either part-time or full-time as an archaeologist;
  • Has a Master's degree in archaeology, or anthropology with a specialty in archaeology, or a Bachelor's degree with an equivalent combination of post-graduate training and research and writing experience;
  • Has three years (720 working days) of archaeological experience, including two years (480 working days) of archaeological experience in British Columbia. Days of experience include not only field work, but also lab work, data analysis, site forms, reporting, and other archaeological research activities. Up to 15% of the time needed to meet this criterion (108 days of total experience and 72 days of B.C. experience) can be volunteer time;
  • Is the senior author of an archaeological overview or impact assessment report which meets the qualities and standards of the society;
  • Has a demonstrable understanding of all relevant legislation;
  • Has held in his/her own name and successfully completed the requirements of a permit issued pursuant to the Heritage Conservation Act. The completion of a jointly held permit is not sufficient to meet this criterion;
  • Has a demonstrable ability to direct and supervise in the field an archaeological survey or excavation;
  • Has a demonstrable ability to meet and liaise with clients, First Nations, and government agencies;
  • Has participated in at least 20 days of archaeological excavation, excluding experience as a field school student; Experience as a teaching assistant at an accredited field school can be used to satisfy this criterion; and
  • Can provide the names, addresses and telephone numbers of two Professional Members of the association, who are knowledgeable about the applicant's general qualifications and experience and will provide references for the applicant.

Are you applying for a Professional Membership?

Click here to download a professional application form. Please email the completed form to admin@bcapa.ca and make payment using the PayPal form below.


Professional Membership



Leave-Of-Absence

Current voting members (Professional or Associate) may apply for a Leave-Of-Absence:

  • A voting member in good standing who wishes to withdraw temporarily from the Association must make a written application to the Membership Committee, giving reasons satisfactory to the Committee and Directors. Notification of the Leave-of-Absence must be accepted by the Directors before it becomes effective;
  • Within a period of five years from the granting of the Leave-of-Absence, any member in good standing will be reinstated upon written notice to the Membership Committee and payment of applicable membership dues;
  • If five or more years have passed without the member applying for reinstatement, the person shall no longer be a member in good standing and must make a new membership application to the association; and
  • An annual fee of $25.00 is required.

Please note that a member on Leave-of-Absence may attend the AGM, may remain on the members list, and may receive any general member correspondence. However, a member taking a Leave-of-Absence does not have voting privileges and may not use the designation "RPCA".

Are you applying for a Leave of Absence?


Leave of Absence Membership