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Because of the nature of cultural resources and the special skills needed to deal with them, specialized training is quite often needed to ensure that people working with them have the proper combinations of skills. A highly qualified carpenter may need training in ancient joinery techniques; an archeologist may need geographic information system skills to better and more accurately document sites; a curator may need computer skills to better manage and study collections. Skills development can be accomplished through formal training and workshops, mentoring relationships, on-the-job training, participation in the activities of trade and professional societies, and reading professional publications and periodicals.

Chapter 4: Stewardship, D. Fire Management, 1. Structural Fire, NPS-28: Cultural Resource Management Guideline, National Park Service

"If we are going to shift our focus from mega-projects to routine maintenance by informed custodians, then we will have to focus our efforts on training. This training programme will need to be two-pronged, to focus first on training for heritage professionals and then to widen the scope to include all those who come in contact with historic structures."

Cameron, Christina. "Managing Heritage Structures in the 1990s Current Issues Facing the CPS," CRM
Volume 15, No. 6, p. 3. National Park Service. [Download a PDF format file.]

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