What is a qualified archaeologist?
A “qualified archaeologist" as an individual who can apply for a state archaeological permit for archaeological excavations and collection and is defined in ORS 390.235. The law is asking for justification that a person already has the education and experience to satisfy terms and conditions of a state issued permit. This is separate from Secretary of Interior (SOI) standards and many individuals who meet SOI standards do not meet Oregon “Qualified Archaeologist" statute requirements.
How do you become “qualified"?
There is an application process to become a qualified archaeologist able to apply for a state archaeological permit.. The application requires thorough documentation of experience and supporting materials.
Please take your time when filling it out, read all of the directions, and only provide the requested information. Once the application has been submitted it goes through a rigorous review process including SHPO staff and outside professionals as needed. Applications are reviewed infrequently based upon reviewer availability and it can take time to receive a response.
This is a one-time applications process. If you have been approved in the past you do not have to reapply.
NOTE REGARING TEMPORARY CHANGE IN REVIEW PROCESS DUE TO LIMITED STAFFING (8/17/2020):
Due to limited staffing Qualified Archaeologist review staff will be reviewing applications quarterly in March, June, September, December (the last week of the month). Applicants will receive an automatic response that their email was received, but applications will not be reviewed until staff meets.
To assist with the review please be sure the application is filled out completely (see hover boxes on fields to be filled out) and that all requested additional items are attached to your email (e.g., CV, Transcripts, etc.)
If you are applying for a permit before our next review please include your application and relevant materials with your permit application and staff will review both concurrently.