The program is divided into two topic areas, Archaeological Survey and Archaeological Laboratory. 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.
There are 13 total courses in the program, all of which have accompanying lists of suggested readings (Bibliography) and definitions of terms (Glossary) relevant to that subject. Courses range from eight to 25 hours in length, and are taught in 13 locations throughout Colorado.