Associateship of the MA

Take responsibility for your career development
The Associateship of the Museums Association (AMA) is our flagship professional development award.

Through structured professional development and with the support of a mentor, it will help you to take responsibility for your development, develop job skills and the core competences needed for a successful career in museums and achieve your career aspirations. 

The AMA takes two to three years to complete (on average) and registration is open to anyone who works in or for museums, this can be on a full-time, part-time, voluntary or temporary basis - you will need to have worked in museums for a minimum of three years by the end of your AMA.



£310 / £260*

* Reduced rate if your workplace is an institutional member of the Museums Association

Registration includes the annual fee for the first year of the AMA.

Annual fee


The first year's annual fee is included in the registration fee. After that you will pay an annual fee for each year you work towards the AMA.

Professional Review fee


How to register

To do the AMA you must be a member of the Museums Association.

Download and complete the AMA registration form (pdf)


email it to


if you are sending a cheque or money order please send your payment to Professional Development, Museums Association, 42 Clerkenwell Close, London EC1R 0AZ.

Please click here for information about joining the MA

Financial assistance from the Museums Association

Assistance is only available for those funding their AMA themselves.

If you are finding it difficult to pay the fees required for the AMA there are limited funds available to assist with these payments.

Those seeking financial assistance are encouraged to apply to the Museums Association Benevolent Fund (including the Trevor Walden Trust).

Applications are assessed on a rolling basis, so can be submitted at any time.