CMS Program Updates
The Alberta Museums Association (AMA) is pleased to announce the
launch of its newly revised Certificate in Museum Studies (CMS)
The AMA has been working with a consultant to conduct a
multi-year review of the CMS Program and Professional Development
in the museum sector. This review included a member survey and
stakeholder consultations with CMS participants, graduates, and
instructors, along with other Museum Studies programs across the
country and across the sector. This review aligns the CMS
curriculum to the Standard Practices Handbook, 3rd
Ed, the AMA's Sustainability Working Group Report, and trends
within the museum sector.
What will change?
The format of the CMS Program will mostly remain the same. The
courses are aligned to the sections of the Standard Practices
Handbook, 3rd Ed, drawing on industry trends and
the knowledge of leaders in the sector.
The largest change impacts the Museums and Society
course, which was previously intended as an introduction to the
Program. Museums and Society will now become a capstone
course within the Program, drawing on information, knowledge, and
experience gained by participants throughout the Program, and
applying that knowledge to bigger trends in the sector, such as
sustainability, social responsibility, community engagement, and
New participants will now be required to apply to the Program
for a fee of $95 for members / $120 for nonmembers. This enrollment
fee includes a copy of the Standard Practices Handbook,
3rd Ed, and an introductory webinar. This webinar
outlines the expectations and requirements of the Program as well
as introduces concepts such as the role of museums in society and
museums and public trust. All Program participants must own a copy
of the Standard Practices Handbook, 3rd Ed, as
it is the primary textbook for all courses.
The Introductory Webinar will be available online in March
I'm a current CMS Participant. How do changes to the
Program affect me?
Participants who have already received credit for
Museums and Society can continue to take the Program as
usual, with the option of enrolling in the new Museums and
Society Capstone Course as it becomes available.
Participants who have not already received credit for
Museums and Society are required to apply to the Program
and take the webinar with all new students.
For information about the CMS Program, please contact Jessica
Montgomery, Program Lead, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of
reconnaissons l'appui financier du gouvernement du Canada.