How To Apply

The Accreditation process assesses a conservator-restorer's professional practice.

The accreditation process is confidential.

A conservator-restorer may apply regardless of the route he/she has taken in their career, their specialism or the context in which they practice, provided they comply with the necessary requirements noted in the ICRI Bye-Laws. To maintain the accreditation status, each member must continue their Professional Development.


If a conservator-restorer member is interested in becoming professional accredited, it is important that he/she first reads ICRI's Candidate GuidelinesConstitution, Bye-Laws and Code of Conduct.

He/she should then complete the Registration of Intent form and send it to by 30 September deadline. A registration fee of €100 must be paid, which is non-refundable.


When the Secretary receives the completed Registration of Intent form, the candidate will then be sent an Application Form and the names of 3 mentors; the candidate must choose one of these.

Following this selection the candidate must:

  • Inform ICRI of the name of their selected mentor. Email

  • Meet with that mentor. He/she will help guide the candidate through this stage; at least 3 meetings are advised.

  • Complete the Application Form and submit it by 31 March.

  • Complete their portfolio to cover all the competencies listed in the Candidate Guidelines and consider provisional assessment date(s) and schedule.

  • Meet with the Accreditation Committee to clarify any issues which may have arisen and to agree a timetable to proceed to assessment and finalise an assessment date.

  • Pay an assessment fee of €300.


  • The assessment will normally take place during the course of 1 day with professional discussion of the candidate’s work.

  • There will be 3 assessors; 2 ICRI accredited assessors and an external assessor in the specialisation of the candidate.

  • Following the assessment the assessors will compile a joint report with recommendations which is then submitted to ICRI for initial review by the Accreditation Committee and subsequent approval by the Board at its next meeting.

  • The candidate will then be notified in writing of the assessors’ recommendations, as approved by the Board.

All conservator-restorers applying for accreditation should consult Competences for Access to the Conservation-Restoration Profession-Restoration Profession published by the European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers’ Organisation (E.C.C.O.) in 2011.

A copy of this publication is available from the Secretary on request.

Competence is defined by E.C.C.O. ‘as the combination of knowledge and skill together with experience that allows the professional Conservator-Restorer to deliver work consistently and responsibly.’

ICRI conservator-restorer members are expected to have entry levels to the profession as set out in the Conservator-Restorer’s Knowledge and Skills Map (p.15) of this publication.


Click on any of the files below to download and read later