Associateship of the Museums Association (AMA) - Museums Association

Associateship of the Museums Association (AMA)

Reflective, collaborative learning to enhance your career

The Associateship of the Museums Association (AMA) is a professional development award that is beneficial at any stage of your career. It provides a flexible way to become an up-to-date and well-rounded museum professional.

At its heart is professional development that you carry out in your own time, while you work. This development is recorded and contributes to your AMA along with a project and assessment.

You are supported all the way by a mentor, support groups and much more. It takes three years to complete (on average). At the end of this time you will be assessed by trained sector colleagues who will review your AMA to a recognised standard.

The AMA surgeries have been invaluable and weekly emails have provided much needed guidance during this uncertain period. At a time when my AMA could have stalled, the increased level of support has really driven me forward.

David Webb, Registrar, American Museum in Britain


There are many benefits to doing the AMA, including:

  • An opportunity to reflect and work on your experience and knowledge
  • A structure and goals for your development
  • Support and mentoring
  • Funding available for external professional development opportunities
  • Guidance to help you plan and record your learning
  • Getting a recognised sector standard for competence
  • New and enhanced networks
  • Source materials to help you apply for jobs or funding

Who is it for?

The AMA is open to paid employees, volunteers, freelancers and consultants with at least 12 months’ experience, either full-time or part-time.

You must be a full or concessionary member of the Museums Association, and can join at the same time as signing up for your AMA.

You will need to reflect on your experience by looking at the AMA competencies and complete a self -review which determines your level of understanding of the sector. This process will help you determine if the AMA is right for you at this stage of your career.

Inclusive places

We are committed to creating a more inclusive sector, and we know our current AMA profile is not reflective of this commitment. As part of our wider work towards creating a more inclusive sector, we offer inclusive AMA places for individual MA members who face barriers due to ethnicity, disability, socio-economic background, and gender identity or sexual orientation (LGBTQ).

The inclusive places scheme for AMA places is now closed until 2024.

Got a question?

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