National Archival Appraisal Board (NAAB)
is pleased to announce the launch of the
Practising NAAB Appraiser (PNA) Designation
Practising NAAB Appraiser (PNA) MASTERCLASS

In recent decades, the Canadian Archival System has faced a lack of nationally accepted standards to serve as the foundation for the professional practice of archival monetary appraisal. Beyond the services provided through the National Archival Appraisal Board (NAAB) and its panels, approaches related to archival monetary appraisal across Canada include local disparate practices for both in-house or external independent appraisal. In addition, a shortage of qualified, active, independent appraisers in most regions across Canada magnifies the varying approaches and often increases the costs associated with monetary appraisal, since the institution is required to cover appraisal fees as well as expenses such as travel and accommodation.

If left unaddressed, these issues would eventually undermine the sustainability of archival monetary appraisal in Canada; thereby hampering archives’ capacity to acquire historically significant materials.

Since 2016, NAAB has been working diligently to develop short term and long term solutions to address the limited pool of archival monetary appraisers in Canada, and to create a framework for sharing best practices, tools and knowledge related to archival monetary appraisal.

To this end, we are pleased to introduce the Practising NAAB Appraiser (PNA) Designation and Practising NAAB Appraiser (PNA) MASTERCLASS.


Practising NAAB Appraiser (PNA) 

The PNA has been established to promote and maintain the highest standards of professionalism for all individuals directly or indirectly involved in monetary appraisal activities in Canada. PNAs will have applied and been accepted for Membership in NAAB – and the expert community of archival monetary appraisal professionals – and they will have the opportunity to build their network, provide input and share their knowledge and experience to the betterment of monetary appraisal in Canada. PNAs will also be required to maintain an appropriate level of professional expertise by continually developing knowledge, competencies and abilities. They will perform their professional duties in accordance with relevant laws, regulations, and technical standards. PNAs participating in NAAB panels will also have access to the new searchable database of past NAAB appraisals, in development, to be piloted in Spring 2019. Further, beginning in 2021, most NAAB panels will be comprised primarily of PNAs.

There are three pathways (options) to help an experienced heritage professional become a PNA:

Pathway 2 – PORTFOLIO – For Current Practising NAAB Appraisers
Pathway 3 – PORTFOLIO – For Associates / New Practising NAAB Appraisers (Coming  soon!)



This innovative 4-day intensive training program, is a pilot project delivered by experienced professionals in archival monetary appraisal and will leverage your own extensive archival and heritage expertise, leading you through the policies and practices required to undertake both NAAB and independent archival monetary appraisal.

This training is only intended for experienced mid-to-late career archivists, librarians, museum curators, dealers or other experienced heritage professionals. Participants must meet the minimum requirements specified on the registration page.

The Masterclass puts in place the critical pieces of the archival monetary appraisal puzzle, in a straightforward way, enhances your skills, increases your understanding about monetary appraisal processes and improves your ability to undertake effective archival monetary appraisals. Case studies will be used to illustrate and deepen the lessons learned.  On the final day, upon successful completion of the summative assignment – a full archival monetary appraisal and a written monetary appraisal report – participants will become eligible to receive the Practising NAAB Appraiser credential.

Other benefits: Take this knowledge back to your workplace. Bring immediate benefit to your archival institution by conducting small and medium dollar value in-house archival monetary appraisals. Earn extra income or share your expertise with the broader heritage community by participating on NAAB panels in your region, develop your leadership abilities in archival monetary appraisal and help shape and sustain the future of the archival monetary appraisal landscape in Canada – become a PNA!


At this time, the Masterclass pilot will only be offered once in the following locations:

Fredericton    February 18 to 21, 2019
Edmonton      March 11 to 14, 2019
Ottawa           March 25 to 28, 2019

Registration will be limited and preference given to those with archival experience (acquiring and processing records). Sessions will be delivered in English only, at this time. However, at least one lead instructor in each session will be bilingual and participants will be encouraged to ask questions in French or English. / Les sessions seront données en anglais seulement pour le moment.Toutefois, lors de chaque session, au moins un instructeur principal sera bilingue et les participants seront encouragés à poser des questions en français ou en anglais.

To register for the MASTERCLASS, please visit:


More NAAB updates coming soon!   

In order to meet the needs of a wide variety of professionals within NAAB’s network, three categories of benefits and services will be available to those interested in archival monetary appraisal: Practising NAAB Appraisers, NAAB Associates and NAAB Affiliates. More information will be circulated shortly about NAAB Associates and Affiliates.

As well, additional training initiatives will be offered in the future for a variety of elements of monetary appraisal and will provide new and mid-career professionals opportunities to gain additional experience and knowledge to fulfill the requirements for the Practising NAAB Appraiser (PNA) Designation.


Des mises à jour additionnelles du CNÉA seront disponibles prochainement!

Afin de répondre aux besoins d’un large éventail de professionnels au sein du CNÉA, trois catégories de prestations et de services seront disponibles pour les personnes intéressées par l’évaluation monétaire d’archives, soit les Évaluateurs du CNÉA en exercice, les Associés du CNÉA, et les Affiliés du CNÉA. De plus amples informations sur les associés et les affiliés du CNÉA seront diffusées prochainement.

De plus, des initiatives de formation supplémentaires couvrant un éventail de compétences liées à l’évaluation monétaire seront proposées dans le futur, et fourniront ainsi aux professionnels débutants et en milieu de carrière l’occasion d’acquérir de l’expérience et des connaissances additionnelles afin de satisfaire aux exigences de la désignation d’Évaluateur du CNÉA en exercice (ECE).


National Archival Appraisal Board / Conseil national d’évaluation des archives
130 Albert, Suite 1912
Ottawa, ON   K1P 5G4