The program is divided into two topic areas, Archaeological Survey and Archaeological Laboratory. Other areas of interest may be offered in the future. Each topical area offers several levels of certification. There are 13 courses in PAAC, each of which applies toward the requirements of at least one PAAC certificate. Individuals completing the requirements for certification will be formally recognized as competent to perform the activities specified by each level, and will receive a certificate of expertise for each level of certification.
A specified series of classes and field activities is required for each level of certification. Completing a class successfully will meet the requirements for the respective certification level as well as other areas of certification where the same class may be required. Courses range from eight to 25 hours in length, and are taught in 13 locations throughout Colorado. At the end of each course an examination will be given. A minimum grade of 70% for PAAC credit, and 80% for college credit, is required to pass each examination. If a participant should fail an examination, he/she will be given two more opportunities to pass the class for PAAC credit.
In order to have previous experience accepted for course credit, a participant must take and pass the examination for that course. Individuals "testing out" will receive no formal assistance from the State or Local Coordinators. Individuals failing this examination must take the course and pass the examination to receive credit toward certification. The materials fee is required for individuals "testing out" of a course.
Each level of certification has a required field activity or project to be completed on the participant's own time. He/she may work independently or volunteer for ongoing projects. Documentation of these field activities must be given to the State Coordinator to register credit for each level of certification. Copies of time sheets and a letter of verification from the supervising archaeologist will be considered acceptable documentation. A participant wishing to have previous field