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
What are the benefits of doing the AMA?

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
  • Discounts to MA conferences
  • 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?
Tamsin Russell and Steph Mastoris talk about the AMA

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.

Got a question?

If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact us: