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ICOMOS Education and Training Guidelines

Education and training should produce conservationists who are able to:

  1. Read a monument, ensemble or site and identify its emotional, cultural and use significance
  2. Understand the history and technology of monuments, ensembles and sites in order to define their identity, plan for their conservation, and interpret the results of this research
  3. Understand the setting of a monument, ensemble or site, their content and surroundings, in relation to other buildings, gardens or landscapes
  4. Find and absorb all available sources of information relevant to the monument, ensemble or site being studied
  5. Understand and analyse the behaviour of monuments, ensembles or sites as complex systems
  6. Diagnose intrinsic and extrinsic causes of decay as a basis for appropriate action
  7. Inspect and make reports intelligible to non-specialist readers of monuments, ensembles and sites illustrated by graphic means such as sketches and photographs
  8. Know, understand and apply UNESCO conventions and recommendations, ICOMOS and other recognized Charters, regulations and guidelines
  9. Make balanced judgments based on shared ethical principles, and accept responsibility for the long term welfare of cultural heritage
  10. Recognize when advice must be sought and define the areas of need of study by different specialists, e.g. wall paintings, sculptures, and objects of artistic and cultural value, and/or studies of materials and systems
  11. Give expert advice on maintenance strategies, management policies and the policy framework for environmental protection and the preservation of monuments and their contents and sites
  12. Document works executed and make same accessible
  13. Work in multi-disciplinary groups using sound methods
  14. Be able to work with inhabitants, administrators and planners to resolve conflicts and to develop conservation strategies appropriate to local needs, abilities and resources