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Become an Assessor

The CAP Program utilizes collections care and building care professionals to produce general conservation assessments for museums around the United States. As an approved assessor for the CAP program, you have the opportunity to help small institutions grow in their professional capacity. Your service to the field through the CAP program helps to improve our nation’s small museums. 

To be placed on the approved assessors list, you must complete an application to demonstrate that you meet the following eligibility qualifications:

  • professional training in conservation, zoology, botany or horticulture, architectural conservation/preservation, architecture, landscape architecture, or engineering
  • at least five years of professional experience in preservation, conservation, or collections care in one of the above fields
  • experience conducting general conservation assessments
Because assessments do not address issues such as building codes or structural stability that would entail the practice of architecture/engineering, building assessors need not be licensed in a state in order to perform an assessment for a museum in that state. Learn more about the scope of a general conservation assessment in the publication The Conservation Assessment: A Proposed Model.

Assessor applications are available online by clicking the "Apply" button below. You will first be prompted to log in or create an account. If you already have an account with AIC and FAIC (e.g. - if you are an AIC member or have participated in one of our programs), please try to log in using your AIC/FAIC password. If this password doesn't work, please contact us at