RISC - Archaeological & CMT Inventory Training for Crew Members

Course Description

The RISC course in Archaeology and Culturally Modified Tree (CMT) Inventory for Crew Members is for resource professionals who are interested in archaeological and heritage resources. The course is intended to teach basic site identification, survey, and recording skills. Throughout the course, students will conduct simple inventories of archaeological resources, learn to recognize and avoid archaeologically sensitive areas during resource development, as well as navigate the Heritage Conservation Act, the provincial legislation that protects cultural heritage resources in BC.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants are registered with the province and receive a certificate signed by the Archaeology Branch as a Certified RISC Technician.


The course is intended to teach basic site identification, survey, and recording skills. By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

•    Describe an archaeological inventory project
•    Understand requirements, protocols and safety issues associated with archaeological projects
•    Use survey equipment correctly and navigate in the field
•    Identify different site types, and describe cultural materials and features
•    Understand how to use archaeological survey methods
•    Take accurate and detailed field notes
•    Read maps and plot locations
•    Navigate to a site location
•    Record and map site features and materials

Class vs Field

Class & Field: 5 days


As a requirement for certification, participants will need to meet or exceed the following program standards.

  • 100% attendance for the program. 
  • 70% score on the program Written Evaluations.
  • 70% score on the Field Evaluations


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Course fees are refundable if you withdraw a minimum of 10 days prior to the start date of the course. Note that special refund deadlines are stated for some courses, and we are unable to issue refunds after those deadlines - information will appear in the intake's details available on the Course Schedule.
Non-Refundable Fees: Some courses may have non-refundable tuition, application, and/or lab fees.
Please note: A full refund is issued if a course is cancelled.