Competency Framework

The ARA’s competency framework is an essential career development tool for all those working and volunteering within the archives, conservation and records management sector. It also sets national competency standards in record keeping for the UK and Ireland.

Developed in consultation with employers and members, it is the first place record keepers should refer to when thinking about their own career and professional development. Employers should also use the framework to ensure their staff meet national ARA standards in practice and professional development.

The framework consists of 39 competencies across three different work areas known as Organisational, Process and Stakeholder/Customer, helping members decide how their career should develop. Each competency provides examples of how it can be achieved at any of five levels. The examples will help you understand your current level of experience, and help you plan the steps you need to take to progress your career to the next level. They also explain the work experience that you need to qualify as a Foundation, Registered and Fellow Member of the ARA. 

Members should revisit the framework periodically to help structure and plan their own career development.

Competency Framework document

Self-assessment form