The Association of Professional Heritage Practitioners (APHP) is an Association of affiliated professionals in the heritage sector who are committed to service delivery marked by professional expertise and ethical practice. The Association was established in 2003. The primary objective of the Association is to promote the identification, conservation and understanding of cultural property. In order to do this the Association has adopted objectives based on an ethical position, which it pursues through:
The implementation of an accreditation system for professional heritage practitioners that promotes competency and best practice standards;
The application of a stringent Code of Practice for professional heritage practitioners;
The raising of awareness amongst authorities and civil society of the necessity for professional standards in conservation and heritage resource management; and
The promotion of education and training in the field of conservation and heritage resource management.