State Historic Preservation Office

Archaeology and Historic Preservation Consultants Lists and
Professional Qualifications

To assist individuals, local governments, agencies, and businesses seeking the professional experience of historians, archaeologists or architectural historians to conduct survey work for Section 106 Review or National Register preparation, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has developed Requests for Qualifications (RFQ) to identify individuals who meet the Professional Qualification Standards set in

Consultants who meet the qualifications in either of the above categories and wish to be included in the lists are invited to submit the appropriate forms together with supporting materials:

The resulting lists are not intended to be all inclusive. Neither the department nor the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) recommend particular consultants or consulting firms. Nor do they require that federal agencies, recipients of federal grants or others hiring consultants select them from these lists. All consultants who request inclusion and who meet the professional qualifications outlined in 36CFR61, Appendix A, will be included. The inclusion of a consultant on this list is not an endorsement, sanction, or certification of that consultant by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources or by the State of Missouri. The department assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of these lists and does not attest to the personal or corporate qualifications of persons or firms appearing on the list.


The Secretary of the Interior's
Professional Qualification Standards

36 CFR Part 61; 48 FR 44716
source: http://www.nps.gov/history/local-law/arch_stnds_9.htm

In the September 29, 1983, issue of the Federal Register, the National Park Service published the following Professional Qualification Standards as part of the larger Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation. These Professional Qualification Standards are in effect currently. Since 1983, the National Park Service has not issued any revisions for effect, although the National Park Service is in the process of drafting such revisions. The following requirements are those used by the National Park Service, and have been previously published in the Code of Federal Regulations, 36 CFR Part 61. The qualifications define minimum education and experience required to perform identification, evaluation, registration, and treatment activities. In some cases, additional areas or levels of expertise may be needed, depending on the complexity of the task and the nature of the historic properties involved. In the following definitions, a year of full-time professional experience need not consist of a continuous year of full-time work but may be made up of discontinuous periods of full-time or part-time work adding up to the equivalent of a year of full-time experience.

Historian

The minimum professional qualifications in history are a graduate degree in history or closely related field; or a bachelor's degree in history or closely related field plus one of the following:
  1. At least two years of full-time experience in research, writing, teaching, interpretation, or other demonstrable professional activity with an academic institution, historical organization or agency, museum, or other professional institution; or
  2. Substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge in the field of history.

Archaeologist

The minimum professional qualifications in archaeology are a graduate degree in archaeology, anthropology, or closely related field plus:
  1. At least one year of full-time professional experience or equivalent specialized training in archaeological research, administration or management;
  2. At least four months of supervised field and analytic experience in general North American archaeology; and
  3. Demonstrated ability to carry research to completion.

In addition to these minimum qualifications, a professional in prehistoric archaeology shall have at least one year of full-time professional experience at a supervisory level in the study of archaeological resources of the prehistoric period. A professional in historic archaeology shall have at least one year of full-time professional experience at a supervisory level in the study of archaeological resources of the historic period.

Architectural Historian

The minimum professional qualifications in architectural history are a graduate degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation, or closely related field, with coursework in American architectural history; or a bachelor's degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation or closely related field plus one of the following:
  1. At least two years of full-time experience in research, writing, or teaching in American architectural history or restoration architecture with an academic institution, historical organization or agency, museum, or other professional institution; or
  2. Substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge in the field of American architectural history.

    [Please note that the State Historic Preservation Office does NOT maintain consultants lists in the following categories. The federal qualifications are included for information only.]

Architect

The minimum professional qualifications in architecture are a professional degree in architecture plus at least two years of full-time experience in architecture; or a State license to practice architecture.

Historic Architect

The minimum professional qualifications in historic architecture are a professional degree in architecture or a State license to practice architecture, plus one of the following:
  1. At least one year of graduate study in architectural preservation, American architectural history, preservation planning, or closely related field; or
  2. At least one year of full-time professional experience on historic preservation projects.
Such graduate study or experience shall include detailed investigations of historic structures, preparation of historic structures research reports, and preparation of plans and specifications for preservation projects.