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 outlined in the Knowledge Journal.

If you have any questions about eligibility then please email



£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 Knowledge Journal and email to

Pay your registration 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.