The success of the PACR programme depends on the support of professional ACRs.
These volunteers dedicate their time to supporting people through the Accreditation Process and throughout their careers. There are various ways that an ACR can get involved.
CPD Readers: ACRs who have demonstrated a full understanding of maintaining regular CPD are invited to become CPD Readers at the conclusion of each annual CPD recall. As well as reviewing a small number of CPD reports once a year and giving feedback, CPD Readers meet and review the CPD process annually.
Icon mentors: Mentoring can be an exceptionally rewarding experience for both the mentor and the mentee. Icon Mentors work to support conservators throughout their careers, from achieving professional accreditation through to ongoing continuing professional development.
To find out more about becoming an Icon Mentor, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Before signing up to be an Icon mentor, attendance at a one-day training session is required.
Accreditation Committee: The role of the Accreditation Committee (AC) is to ascertain whether an applicant is awarded ACR status. The AC meets twice per year (May and November). The AC is formed of a Chair, Three Vice Chairs and Ordinary members each representing a different conservation specialism. When positions become vacant an open selection process is run to recruit new volunteer members to join the committee.
Accreditation Assessors: Accreditation applications are always assessed by ACRs trained to be Icon Assessors. The Assessors review the applications and undertake workplace visits to assess the candidate in their area of practice.
Assessors are identified by the Accreditation Committee to take on the role. They each undergo a two-day training programme plus an annual review meeting. Assessors receive an honorarium fee plus travel and subsistence to cover assessment costs.