Professional qualifications

All archaeological investigations in Alberta must be conducted by a professional who meets the minimum requirements set out under the Archaeological and Palaeontological Research Permit Regulation.

Prior to applying for their first permit in Alberta, an archaeologist must request a review of their qualifications by emailing the Director, Archaeological Survey.

Archaeological research permits

An approved researcher or consultant can apply for a permit using the Online Permitting and Clearance (OPaC) system.

After creating and activating an OPaC account, contact the Head, Regulatory Approvals and Information Management to have permissions activated. Proof of approval to hold an archaeological permit may be requested.

Survey notes and info bulletins

This section includes documents that address requirements for how archaeological work is to be conducted and reported. Documents are added and revised often so active researchers and consultants should check for updates on a regular basis.

Archaeological site forms and guide

Spatial data standards

Recording historic structures

Archaeologists who encounter historic structures or structure remains during the conduct of historic resources impact assessment must record them in accordance with the requirements set out by the Heritage Survey.