Discipline and Historic Preservation Proficiencies

The Historic Preservation Professional Qualification Standards call for an understanding of the general principles, procedures, and practices in the discipline as they are applied to historic preservation. This type of expertise is necessary for historic preservation programs in which the employee, consultant, or advisor is expected to deal with a range of historic resources and issues. Proficiencies in the disciplines and in the practice of historic preservation are outlined below.


Recommended Discipline Proficiencies

The following discipline proficiencies (knowledge, skills, and abilities) should be possessed by applicants, employees, consultants, and advisors:

  • Knowledge of the history of the discipline.
  • Knowledge of current theories, principles, practices, methods, and techniques of the discipline.
  • Familiarity with diverse specializations within the discipline.
  • Skills in applying the discipline's techniques of practice, including critical analysis skills.
  • Understanding of the discipline's relationships with other disciplines and the ability to design and carry out interdisciplinary projects.
  • Understanding of complex research questions.
  • Ability to place a specific project in a broader context.
  • Knowledge of current scholarly research and its applicability to a given issue.
  • Familiarity with the process of rigorous professional peer review that occurs before work is published.


Recommended  Historic Preservation Proficiencies

 The following historic preservation proficiencies (knowledge, skills, and abilities) should be possessed by applicants, employees, consultants, and advisors:

  • Familiarity with the origins and development of the historic preservation movement.
  • Knowledge of the field of historic preservation as it is practiced in the United States, including its philosophies, theories, practices, laws, regulations, policies, and standards, and relationship to the discipline as a whole.
  • Ability to apply Federal and relevant State and local historic preservation laws, regulations, policies, and standards in the public and private sectors, including Federal, State, and local government agencies, and private organizations.
  • Ability to apply the appropriate set(s) of the “Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Archeology and Historic Preservation,” and/or the National Register of Historic Places criteria.