Certificate in Museum Studies FAQ
What is happening with the Certificate in Museum Studies
The AMA is currently reviewing the CMS Program to update
courses to include online learning opportunities and ensure the
curriculum aligns with current standards and issues in the museum
sector. The AMA began offering the CMS program as series of
online pilot courses in Fall 2021. In-person offerings of courses
will resume in the 2022 - 2023 fiscal year. Please check the
"Latest News" page for updates regarding online and in-person
What format are the CMS courses offered in?
In-person courses are delivered throughout the province in a
two-day format, hosted by museums and other heritage
organizations. They typically run from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
each day for a total of 15 hours of training.
Online courses are self-paced, module-based, combined
asynchronous and synchronous courses that run on the AMA's virtual
learning platform over a duration of four weeks. Participants are
expected to spend approximately 5 hours per week on course content,
including live, virtual meetings.
When do the courses take place?
Courses are offered throughout the year, based on internal
capacity and instructor availability. We attempt to offer each
course every two years. Visit our Upcoming Learning Opportunities page to see
our course offerings.
Where do I register for an upcoming CMS course?
Registration information for open CMS courses is available on
our events page.
Where can I find course descriptions?
For more details on the CMS Program, including course
descriptions, please download the CMS Program
How long does it take to complete the Program?
Participants have up to eight years to complete the Program;
however, many participants are able to complete the Program in 2-3
How can I stay informed about upcoming CMS courses?
The AMA announces our CMS courses through our e-Bulletin, on Main-L, and by direct email to
our list of current CMS applicants. A list of upcoming learning
opportunities can be found on the
Upcoming Learning Opportunities page.
Do I need to be an AMA member?
The Program is open to any individual; AMA membership is not
Many CMS Participants choose to invest in an Individual or
Student / Volunteer membership to gain access to discounts on the
CMS Program Application, CMS course registrations and other
professional development and learning opportunities, and access to
the AMA's Professional
Are there any pre-requisites for the Program?
There are no pre-requisites for the Program.
What is the difference between taking a course for-credit or
To obtain a Certificate in Museum Studies, participants must
apply to the CMS Program to gain credit in CMS courses towards the
Certificate. For-credit participants must successfully complete
assignments for all eight courses
Participants can attend courses without obtaining credit. In
this case, assignments are not required.
What does it cost to apply to the CMS Program?
Apply to the CMS Program
What does CMS Program application fee
The CMS Program application fee includes access to the
Introductory Webinar, a copy of the Standard Practices
Handbook, 3rd Edition, which is the required textbook for the
Program, and administrative costs.
Does my application to the CMS Program automatically register me
in upcoming courses?
No, participants must register in each course as it becomes
available and pay the appropriate course registration
How much does each course cost?
CMS Course Prices
The AMA is currently offering online pilot courses at a reduced
rate of $100. This is in recognition that the course is a pilot and
participants will be asked for additional evaluation and feedback
about their experience with the virtual course.
Indigenous AMA Members
Individual or Institutional Members
($175 per person for more than one participant from the same
**Online course offerings only. Please see Online Registration
for Indigenous Members under "What supports are available to
help with the cost of the Program?", for more information.
What supports are available to help with the cost of the
Professional Development Grant
The AMA offers a Professional
Development Grant, which provides funding to eligible
Individual and Institutional Members as they undertake professional
development opportunities. For more information about the
Professional Development Grant, please contact the Grants Program
Lead at email@example.com.
Online Registration for Indigenous Members
The AMA is pleased to announce a new addition to our CMS Program
To support greater Indigenous representation among museum
professionals, the AMA is waiving the registration fee for online
CMS courses for self-identified First Nations, Métis, and Inuit
members of the AMA. This is part of the AMA's work to integrate
reconciliation into all the Association's programs and services,
and to encourage greater engagement with and representation of
Indigenous individuals and perspectives in the Alberta museum
Indigenous participants must have an active membership with the
AMA prior to registering for the online CMS course. To obtain
credit for the Certificate in Museum Studies, participants will
need to register in the Program and pay all applicable fees
associated with the Program application and textbook
Participants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis
when course registration opens. To register at no-cost in an open
CMS course, Indigenous participants must email the CMS Program Lead
at firstname.lastname@example.org to secure their spot.
My question isn't here. Where can I find more information?
For more information about the Certificate in Museum Studies
Program, please contact the Program Lead at email@example.com.
We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Museum Assistance Program (MAP) of the Department of Canadian Heritage towards the digitization of the Certificate in Museum Studies Program.