One of the main functions of the Professional Historians Association is to ensure that historians working in this field are of a uniform standard and training. PHA (Vic) achieves this is by abiding by the National Standard for the Accreditation of Professional Historians in Australia, developed by Professional Historians Australia. This standard ensures that the different levels of qualification and expertise obtained by accredited professional historians are nationally recognised. 

What this means in practical terms is that a set of static criteria must be met in order to be eligible for membership. There are several categories of membership, each with specific criteria relating to academic training in the discipline of history, combined with professional experience and workplace skills.

See the PHA (Vic) membership management hub for more detailed information and to apply online.

PHA (Vic) Categories of Membership and fees 

There are three main categories of membership within PHA (Vic):

Professional Historian | $130.00 per year

Professional Historian (Associate) | $110.00 per year

Graduate Historian | $85.00 per year

Subscriptions run from 1 July to 30 June. Unless otherwise requested, as a member of PHA (Vic) you will automatically receive Employment and Professional Development notices via email.

MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA SUMMARY

The qualifications and professional experience required for admission to each of the categories are summarised below. This should be read in conjunction with the full National Standard of Accreditation for Professional Historians in Australia.

Professional Historian
Membership at the Professional level requires:

  • a Doctoral degree in the discipline of history; or
  • a Masters degree with a 50% or greater research, thesis and/or workplace component in the discipline of history and the equivalent of one year’s full-time professional experience; or
  • a recognised Masters degree completed predominantly by coursework in the discipline of history and the equivalent of 18 months’ full-time professional experience; or
  • either an Honours degree, a Masters Preliminary, a Masters Qualifying, a Graduate Diploma or a Postgraduate Diploma in the discipline of history with, in all cases, the equivalent of two years’ full-time professional experience.

Professional Historian (Associate)
Membership at the Associate level requires:

  • a Masters degree in the discipline of history; or
  • either an Honours degree, a Masters Preliminary, a Masters Qualifying, a Graduate Diploma or a Postgraduate Diploma in the discipline of history with, in all cases, the equivalent of one year’s full-time professional experience.

Graduate Historian
Membership at the Graduate level requires:

  • either an Honours degree, a Masters Preliminary, a Masters Qualifying, a Graduate Diploma or a Postgraduate Diploma in the discipline of history with, in each of the latter two cases, a 50% or greater research, thesis and/or workplace component; or
  • a Graduate Diploma or Postgraduate Diploma completed predominantly by coursework in the discipline of history with the equivalent of six months’ full-time professional experience; or
  • a Bachelor degree in the discipline of history and the equivalent of one year’s full-time professional experience.

Retired membership category
The category of Professional Historian (Retired) was created by PHA (Vic) specifically for those long serving members who have retired from professional history work, but still wish to remain part of the community of historians that make up PHA (Vic). 

To apply for this category of membership, members must satisfy the following conditions:

  • The member must have been accredited by the PHA (Vic) Inc in the category of Professional Historian for a minimum period of ten (10) years
  • The member must no longer derive or intend to derive any income from the practice of history.
  • The member must apply in writing to the Committee of Management

The annual membership fee for members in the Retired category is $75.00.

Note regarding qualifications

All applicants must demonstrate that they have studied and can apply the methods and practices of a historian. The base requirement regarding qualifications is a minimum of 25% of the requisite credit points in either a single or multiple degrees being ‘in history’. For example, an applicant may have completed a Masters degree in cultural heritage and a Bachelor of Arts in which eight out of 24 units are in recognised history subjects. Or they might have a Masters degree in cultural heritage in which three units are recognised history units and a Bachelor of Arts in which six units are in history. It is accepted that not every applicant will have a degree in which history is the major subject area, however the applicant must demonstrate the minimum level of history training.

To apply, visit the PHA (Vic) membership management hub.