- The applicant (the owner or manager of the conservation practice) should be an accredited member of a professional body or association approved by the Conservation Register Advisory Board (see note 1 at foot of page).
- The applicant should be able to demonstrate that he or she has continued
to develop his or her professional competence following initial
training (see note 2 at foot of page).
the applicant employs staff, employees must be supervised in accordance
with their experience.
of condition and conservation treatments must be made and provided
to the owner of an item. (Where these records form part of the contract
with the client they should be retained in accordance with statutory
- The practice must maintain suitable insurance cover against all risks appropriate to its operations. Unless insurance cover for objects in their care is included as part of the conservator’s insurance policy, clients should be routinely advised in writing that such insurance is their responsibility.
- The practice must meet all current Health and Safety legislation
including the completion of risk assessments for all processes undertaken.
accounts and records must be maintained in accordance with statutory
- References must be supplied for four separate projects/objects conserved. All the referees must confirm that the applicant offers a conservation service of good standard in an efficient and professional manner. The Referees can be clients or previous employers.
Conservation Register Advisory Board recognises accreditation by
the following professional bodies and associations:
- British Association of Paintings Conservator-Restorers (BAPCR) -
- British Antique Furniture Restorers' Association (BAFRA) - full
and full specialist member
- British Horological Institute (BHI) - accredited member (through
- Institute of Conservation - accredited member (through
- Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works in
Ireland (ICHAWI) - accredited member
- The Archives and Records Association (ARA) - accredited member (through PACR* scheme)
The Conservation Register Advisory Board may contact
the applicant's professional body or association at any time for
proof of continuing professional development.
* PACR - Professional Accreditation of Conservator-Restorers.
Please see the Guidance section for further information.