PAAC Classes

What is PAAC?

A joint program of the Colorado Archaeological Society and the Office of the State Archaeologist of Colorado. The Program for Avocational Archaeological Certification (PAAC) is a mutually beneficial educational program for avocational and professional archaeologists. Established in 1978 by the Colorado Archaeological Society (CAS) and the Office of the State Archaeologist of Colorado (OSAC), it allows CAS members and other citizens to obtain formally recognized levels of expertise outside of an academic degree program. It also facilitates avocational public service and assistance in education, governmental management of cultural resources, research, and the protection of archaeological resources in Colorado. PAAC complements, but does not replace, existing university and governmental training programs. Click here to go to the History Colorado PAAC website.

Requirements of PAAC:

•All participants in the PAAC program must: Be 15 years of age or older
•Agree to the PAAC Code of Ethics
•Pay a non-refundable, nominal materials fee per course (also sometimes a fee for the meeting room)

Dates for all courses are tentative and subject to change.  Please contact your Local Coordinator for details.

List of current PAAC offerings (statewide)

Current Offerings:  Spring 2019 


Archaeological Practice in Colorado

Dates: February 16-17, 2019
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Boulder Rural Fire Station, 6320 Lookout Road, Boulder, 80301
Cost: $15

This course is designed to give new and prospective PAAC participants with limited or no familiarity with archaeology a brief introduction to the profession, common terms, and preservation issues. The topics covered will include a basic summary of the field of archaeology, common terminology, and Colorado’s place in North American prehistory; as well as state & federal laws protecting archaeological resources and ethical considerations in the discipline. For those returning to PAAC, this year’s class will also introduce PAAC revision plans including new courses and certifications.

For instructions on how to register, please go to, download and fill out the application linked on the bottom of the page.

The application and course fee should be mailed to the PAAC coordinator at the following address:

Delane Mechling
1000 Stein St.
Lafayette, CO 80026
Attn: PAAC  

If you have any questions, please contact Delane at 303-319-0420.

IPCAS is scheduling more PAAC classes with History Colorado. Fill out the survey below and tell us what classes you want to take!


Previous Offerings:

 Fall 2017

Colorado Archaeology

Dates: September 8th (evening), 9th & 10th all day
Location: Montrose (BLM office)
To sign up, contact: Beverly Kolkman
Host CAS Chapter: Chipeta

Prehistoric Ceramic Description and Analysis

Dates: Tuesday evenings, 6:30-9:30, October 10, 17, 24, November 7, 14 (NOTE: NO CLASS ON October 31)
Location: Loveland (Medical Center of the Rockies)
To sign up, contact: Dave Swinehart
Host CAS Chapter: Northern Colorado

Archaeological Practice in Colorado

Dates: October 14, all day
Location: Durango (Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College)
To sign up, contact: Tish Varney
Host CAS Chapter: San Juan Basin

Dates: November 3rd (evening), 4th & 5th all day
Location: Pueblo (El Pueblo History Museum)
To sign up, contact: Barbara Sabo
Host CAS Chapter: San Juan Basin

Artifact Illustration

Dates: Friday, October 27th 
Location: Denver (History Colorado Center)
Instructor: Dr. E. Steve Cassells