Entry into the conservation-restoration profession requires the successful completion of a specialised, minimum five-year academic training programme at least at Master’s level. These requirements comply with the European guidelines from the Council of Europe compiled by ENCoRE (European Network for Conservation-Restoration Education) and E.C.C.O. (European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers’ Organisations), see ENCoRE guidelines.
The completion of the UvA training more than satisfies these conditions so that the Post-Master alumni are well equipped to work in cultural institutions or to set-up their own conservation studio in their chosen field of specialisation. Indeed many Post-Master alumni have started their own – often shared studio – working together with other professionals in the field while being employed – often part-time – by museums and cultural institutions. A few Post-Master alumni now work abroad in conservation studios of museums and institutions or in private practice. See alumni employment examples.
Master graduates may not necessarily continue with the Post-Master’s programme. These Master alumni can be said to have acquired a general academic training in both conservation theory and scientific research applied to the field of cultural heritage, as well as a basic knowledge of what the conservation and restoration process involves. Career prospects for the Master alumni include all sorts of advisory roles within the field of conservation and restoration, but not the actual independent execution of treatments performed on cultural heritage objects.