Associateship of the Museums Association

Reflective, collaborative learning to enhance your career
The AMA is the longest running professional development award in the sector, widely acclaimed by the workforce and employers.

Whether you are at the beginning of your career or an established professional, the AMA provides a framework for your professional development, working at your own pace towards your ambitions.

You are supported all the way with clear criteria, access to a mentor, participation in support groups and much more.

The AMA provides a flexible way to become an up-to-date and well-rounded museum professional, while you work.

The AMA takes two to three years to complete (on average). At the end of this time you will be assessed by trained senior sector colleagues who will review your AMA to a recognised standard.


The AMA is open to paid employees, volunteers, freelancers and consultants.

To begin your AMA journey you need to have been employed, volunteered or worked in the sector for 12 months on either a part-time or full- time basis.

And you must be a member of the Museums Association.

In addition we want you to have a basic understanding of the sector and some deeper experience on which to build.

To ensure this we ask you to reflect on your experience to date by looking at the AMA criteria and record this in the Knowledge Journal.

If you have any questions about eligibility then please email


Fees for the AMA are changing. From 1 April 2019 we will be moving over to a new, simplified fee structure which means that AMA participants pay £120 per year, inclusive of all registration, annual and professional review fees.

In anticipation we are offering all new registrations the new rate of £120.

How to register

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

Download and complete the Knowledge Journal and email to

Register and pay your first annual fee online


if you are sending a cheque, paying by BACS or requesting an invoice, please download and send this form 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.