Application for New Participants

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The revised RMP Application consists of ten pieces of core evidence and five pieces of secondary supporting evidence, which demonstrate best practice across all areas of your institution.

  • Plan - Strategic or  Operational or  Business (Core Evidence)
  • Financial Planning - Financial Statements or Operating Budget (Core Evidence)
  • Staff and Volunteer Commitments - Professional Development and Learning
  • Summary of Community Engagement (Core Evidence)
  • Program Evaluation
  • Open to the Public - Accessibility (Core Evidence)
  • Collections Management Policy (Core Evidence)
  • Collections Management Documents
  • Page from Accession Register
  • Preventive Conservation - Agents of Deterioration (Core Evidence)
  • Emergency Plan (Core Evidence)
  • Three Catalogue Records
  • Example of Research - two examples from the past three years (Core Evidence)
  • Example of Interpretation - one example from the past three years (Core Evidence)
  • Example of Exhibits - two examples from the past three years (Core Evidence)


Submitting the Application

The Application must be completed online. The link will be available in the Members Only section of the website beginning on June 1.

To help you prepare your institution's application, the AMA created a workbook outlining the Standards and Minimum Requirements for each section of the Application. There is also a PDF of the Application Questions you can use a reference.

RMP Application Questions   RMP Application Workbook    



The deadline to submit Applications is November 30, annually.

 The AMA offers complementary Draft Review for any Evidence submitted by September 15. All participants are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the Draft Review as over 80% of Recognized Museums used this complementary service.



A Review Panel consisting of three Individual Members of the AMA will assess your institution's evidence and award one of three possible designations. Regardless of which designation your institution receives, the Review Panel will provide comments to help your institution strengthen its practices going forward.

• Recognized Museum

All required Evidence met all Minimum Requirements and Standards.

• Conditionally Recognized Museum

The required Evidence submitted by the institution met most Minimum Requirements and Standards but some minor administrative follow-up is needed to become a Recognized Museum. Conditionally Recognized Museums have eight weeks to complete and submit revisions.

• Candidate in the Recognized Museum Program

The required evidence submitted by the institution met some of the Minimum Requirements and Standards but several are still outstanding. To become a Recognized Museum the institution must submit Upgrade Evidence. Candidates have up-to-three years to complete the Upgrade Evidence requested. The annual deadline to submit Upgrade Evidence is October 31.


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