How to Apply

A conservator-restorer's professional practice is assessed by the accreditation process.

An ICRI conservator-restorer member 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 this professional status, each accredited member must continue their Professional Development and pay the annual membership fee (€100).


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

He/she should then complete the Registration of Intent form and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 30 September deadline. A registration fee of €100 is payable and 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • 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, with professional discussion of the candidate’s work, will normally take place over the course of 1 day.
  • 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. This is submitted to ICRI  Accreditation Committee for initial review and then to the Board at its next meeting.
  • The candidate will then be notified in writing of the assessors’ recommendations, as approved by the Board.

*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’.

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. 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.


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