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PACR is the professional practice assessment for conservation professionals wishing to gain accredited status

Have you joined the PACR Pathway?
The PACR Pathway is available to any Associate member of Icon working towards a PACR application - whether in the next 6-12 months or up to 5 years - this is for you. Click here for more information

 Key Deadlines for 2015-16

Register of Intention Completed Application Submitted Assessment Round Result of Assessment Announced
closed closed April - June 2015 Aug 2015
closed 15 June 2015 Sept - Nov 2015 Feb 2016
17 November 2015 16 January 2016 April - June 2016 Aug 2016
 18 April 2016  13 June 2016 Sept - Nov 2016 Feb 2017 


- To be paid together with your Register of Intention: £120 (non-refundable) 
- To be paid together with your completed Application Form: £540 (please note that this amount will be refunded if you do not proceed to assessment)

Total application and assessment fee £660 

Refund policy
If an applicant does not proceed to assessment the application fee (£540) will be refunded. However, this fee could be held on account if the Accreditation Committee recommends that the applicant should reapply in the next round.  

GRANTS to help cover the PACR application fee are available from:

  • The Glaziers Trustfor stained glass conservators

  • Icon Scotland Group The Group administers a small grant specifically to help Scottish conservators with the costs of the PACR accreditation process. Applicants must be members of Icon, members of Icon Scotland Group and should be living and working in Scotland. A form for application can be downloaded from the Scotland Group page of the Icon website  

Register of Intention form to register for an application round 

As soon as you decide you are intending to go forward for accreditation, you need to identify which application round is a realistic goal and then complete and return the Register of Intention form with the initial registration fee (as noted above) to the Institute of Conservation. Either email the completed form to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or post it to:

 Accreditation Officer
 Institute of Conservation
 PO Box 7452
 Hilton, Blandford Forum
 Dorset DT11 1BU 

You must have registered and have paid the registration fee in order to apply for a specific round. Your application will not be considered if you have not previously registered and paid for your intention to apply. You may find, having registered your intention to apply, that you are unable to meet the application deadline. If this happens you will be able to defer to the next round. If you defer again your Register of Intention fee will be forfeited and you will need to send a new Register of Intention form and pay the registration fee again.   

PACR Guide this contains complete guidance on PACR including the professional standards.
Icon recognises that some candidates for PACR require alternative arrangements for their assessment. For information about what measures Icon can offer please read the Reasonable Adjustments Policy.

PACR application form 

Worked Examples of Completed Applications to see a full range of forms

Further assessment information is also available under the section - For Accreditation Committee and Assessors 

If you have any queries about PACR please contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Professional Development Manager  tel/fax 01626 824 510

Finding a mentor for PACR 
You do not have to have a mentor but you are strongly advised to seek one as soon as you start to think about applying for accreditation. The mentor you choose must be PACR accredited because they will be familiar with the professional standards. It is not necessary for the mentor to work in your conservation specialism.  If you do not know anyone who can act as your mentor the PACR mentoring scheme operates to put applicants in touch with a mentor. When you join the PACR Pathway as a 'Full' member of Icon you will be able to select a mentor from the list of PACR mentors.

Please remember that a mentor is not an emergency helpline service. Mentors are volunteers and you need to allow plenty of time (several months) for the mentor relationship  to be set up and for it to provide you with the support you need. Requests for mentors received two months or less prior to an application deadline cannot be processed because there would be limited support time available.   

A list of PACR mentors is available from the Accreditation Officer  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you would like help finding a mentor please complete the Mentee Application Form and return to the Accreditation Officer. 


PACR Events
Introduction to PACR
There are no introduction events planned at present. Ask your Group if it plans to organise one.

PACR clinics
Clinics are for potential PACR applicants who are working towards an application deadline. The event provides guidance on the PACR application and assessment process, to address any queries on how to complete the form and issues arising about the assessment day.

All events will start at 13.30 and finish at 16.30

These events are free of charge.
The timetable for Autumn 2015 is being arranged 

If you would like to attend a clinic you must register in advance otherwise there is no guarantee that you will have a place. Please complete this booking form  in order to reserve a place.











































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