Archaeological Society of British Columbia

Established in 1966, the Archaeological Society of British Columbia (ASBC) draws together both professionals and enthusiasts of Archaeology of British Columbia (BC). The ASBC aims to: encourage the identification and protection of archaeological sites and material in B.C.; and provide lectures and publications for the spread of knowledge about archaeology.

New BCAPA applicants receive a one-time 10% discount if they are ASBC and/or CAA members.  The BCAPA also sponsors the ASBC’s quarterly journal,The Midden!

Register of Professional Archaeologists

The RPA is not a membership society; it is a voluntary registry of qualified archaeologists who agree to uphold the organization’s Code of Conduct and Standards of Research Performance. The Register of Professional Archaeologists exists to promote and maintain professional standards in archaeology. Recognizing the importance of such standards, the Register of Professional Archaeologists was created in 1998 by a joint task force that consisted of the Society of Professional Archaeologists (SOPA), Society for American Archaeology (SAA), Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA), and the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA). Through a vote of its board and membership, SOPA transferred its responsibility, authority, and assets to the newly formed Register and ceased to exist as a professional society.

New Registered Archaeologist (RA) or Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) applicants will received a discount for registration and/or renewal fees.  Specifically, members who qualify for the Registered Archaeologist (RA) certification will have their application fee waived in 2020. To qualify, these individuals must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology, Archaeology or closely related discipline; two years of supervised work experience; and a thesis or equivalent. Members can learn more about the RA designation here:  RPA is also waiving the RPA application fee for recent graduates who are within six months of receiving their degree. Recent MA recipients in particular may be interested in this opportunity.

The Association of Professional Archaeologists (Ontario)

The Association of Professional Archaeologists (Ontario) (“APA”) seeks to integrate the concerns of archaeologists in Ontario from all avenues of employment including: administration, conservation and lands management, curation, consulting, education, research and teaching.

APA also seeks to ensure that issues and practices affecting archaeological resources, including meaningful engagement with Indigenous Peoples, are conducted within a commonly recognized set of standards.  We encourage all archaeologists (professionals, researchers, students) and all Indigenous consultation staff and archaeological liaisons to become members of the APA.

The BCAPA and the APA have a mutual interest in learning from each other.  Our associations have swapped two members for two years for participation. We would like to welcome Lawrence Jackson (APA President) and Cathy Crinnion (Secretary), while Chris Verral and Jeff Wilson have joined the Ontario APA. Recently, Chris and Jeff attended their virtual AGM.