Ongoing development and advancement in each conservation specialty make it necessary for practicing conservators to keep abreast of advances in technology and methodology. Knowledge and skills are expanded through reading publications, attending professional meetings, enrolling in short-term workshops or courses, and other forms of active engagement. Each conservator is responsible for taking advantage of ongoing learning opportunities.
Many continuing education opportunities are composed of short-term training events designed for professional conservators. These opportunities are generally focused on a specific topic or technique. The format for this type of training may be a workshop, conference, or online course.