A CAHP heritage professional is:

… a person who has specialized knowledge, supported by formal training and/or work experience, in the conservation and stewardship of cultural heritage. By becoming a member of CAHP, you become part of Canada’s largest network of heritage professionals. The Professional conforms to accepted technical and ethical standards and works in accordance with the regulations and guidelines of the person’s specialty heritage field and the jurisdictions of practice.

What to expect when applying for membership?

Becoming a CAHP professional member is a significant step in your career.

A professional membership with CAHP enables you to use the CAHP title in your signature and may position you to be eligible to apply for heritage work and contracts where the CAHP designation is required.

A committee of professional CAHP members deliberate, following a rigorous process, the consideration of each application for membership. As it is a professional designation application, it requires the thorough review by a committee of professional CAHP members based on detailed input and recommendation of three references and a CAHP sponsor.

The Membership Committee

The Membership Committee meets once a month to review completed applications.

If an application review is not complete at the time of the monthly committee meeting, because references and/or sponsor have not yet responded to the committee member who is reviewing the application, or if more information is required of the applicant, the application will need to be referred to the next month’s meeting.

If an application review is complete and approved, the Membership Committee will make a recommendation to approve the professional membership to the Board of Directors at their monthly meeting.

Timeframe

The full process may take up to four months and depends on the completion of all steps of the application by the applicant and prompt responses from references. Please advise your three references and sponsor that their timely response to the Membership Committee representative e-mail or phone call will have a major impact on the time your application takes to review and finalize.

This process is core to demonstrating that the CAHP designation is meaningful and trustworthy to respective heritage conservation specializations. If you application decisions is delayed beyond 4 months from the date of application, feel free to follow-up with the CAHP office to inquire on its status.

Professional Areas of Expertise

All professional members of CAHP have an area of expertise that identifies their primary professional activities. They may have other areas of specialization, but CAHP encourages members to identify by one specialization within the directory.

Experience

CAHP values out-of-country experience, however a candidate must demonstrate a minimum of two years of Canadian experience to ensure sufficient exposure to the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada and applicable legislation, policy, technical standards and regulations related to the candidate’s area of practice. Our membership committee may apply its discretion regarding Canadian experience in exceptional circumstances.

What do you need to know before applying?

There are several steps required for a Professional or Intern application to be succesful before the Membership Committee. Our professional standards are rigorous and the expectation is that all material and details for your application will be completed prior to review and acceptance. These include:

  • CAHP Professional Member sponsor letter
  • CV (Education / Workplace history / Professional Associations and affiliations)
  • 3 references (contact information required, reference letters are optional, your sponsor cannot be a reference)
  • 1 field of specialization identified
  • Acknowledgement of our Code of Conduct and Ethics
  • % of professional work on heritage-related projects
  • Heritage-related activities (conferences, webinars, continuing education etc.)
  • Presentations & publications

CAHP offers the following memberships:

For those with 3-7 years of professional experience in heritage conservation

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For graduates (trades and academic) and emerging professionals leading to full membership

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For post-secondary students who are interested in the heritage trades and professions

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For those retired or currently inactive from a career in heritage conservation

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For individuals and institutions who would like to receive information and updates from CAHP 

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Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics:

The Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals has several objectives in establishing a code of professional conduct and ethics, notably:

  • The establishment of guidelines for members to follow when conducting their professional affairs;
  • The establishment of a set of standards to which members must comply; and
  • Ensuring that the interests of the public in general and the clients in particular will be properly served

Learn more about the CAHP Code of Professional Conduct & Ethics