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FAME Continuing Professional Development for archaeological managers


Managers in archaeological organisations need to master not only professional heritage skills, but also a range of skills that will help them to manage teams,  functions, and the organisation itself. Developing our capabilities in these areas will result in better run and more successful archaeological businesses.

These pages provide links to resources that are available to support CPD in these critical management disciplines. The resources have not been produced with archaeologists in mind, but instead focus on concepts, models and practical advice that are applicable across a range of sectors.

The  CPD resources available will be constantly updated. We also rely on our members to give us feedback on the usefulness of the resources we list and share information on resources we are unaware of. We currently provide links to CPD on:

contract_mngment   Contract management

pm-1   Project management (under construction)

planning  The planning system (under construction)

consultancy  Consultancy (under construction)


Two general resources members should be aware of:

Free on-line business and management courses available as MOOCS (massive open on-line cources). The Futurelearn site focuses on UK providers (universities) and hosts many business courses that will be of potential use. Most of the courses are self validated and provide the option to purchase certificates on completion.

Free on-line courses offered by the Chartered Institute of Building. As well as less useful technical courses on door systems and basement construction (!) there are many general courses, eg. on cost, risk and bid management. While these use the context and language of construction, they have useful lessons for the archaeologist (and they also provide a good guide to the clients perspective on these issues). Most of the courses are free and self validated.