How to become an archivist
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
You'll need a degree and postgraduate training to do this job. Most degree subjects are accepted, but you may find it useful to take a degree like:
- information science
After you complete a degree, you can do a postgraduate qualification in archives or records management recognised by the Archives & Records Association (ARA).
You'll usually need some relevant work experience to apply for a postgraduate course. This is a great way of finding out if a career as an archivist is for you.
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course
You could do an Archivist and records manager degree apprenticeship.
This typically takes 36 months to complete as a mix of learning in the workplace and study with an approved university.
Employers will set their own entry requirements.
It's important that you get some paid or unpaid experience in archives or records management work. This will help when you apply for courses and jobs.
Professional and industry bodies
You can join the Archives & Records Association and get access to industry news, professional development courses and networking events.
You can also join the Information and Records Management Society.
The IRMS offers industry news, events, resources and the opportunity to apply for accreditation once you have several years experience in the role.
You'll find more details about careers and training in archives from the Archives & Records Association.