If you have not attended a CCUS Basic Standards Class, but are familiar with and practice the 6 basic standards below in the “do no harm” manner, you can still become a current member of our association and be listed on our website. There are 2 types of people who want to become current members. 1…people who are completely new to cemetery preservation and restoration, and 2…people who have been trained by someone at a class or workshop in the past.
If you are brand new to cemetery preservation, you must attend a class by a CCUS current member to become a current member, or training classes put on by the NCPTT or a select group of other conservators.
If you have already received some training, we just want to know something about that training and who gave it to you. There are as many good historic training classes as there are bad. We need to know you have been trained properly with no harm methods. Examples of no harm method training are classes put on by the NCPTT and the existing members of the Cemetery Conservators for United Standards.
Here at the CCUS we are very careful about who we admit, promote, and endorse. This is done to ensure credibility for the CCUS and its members is always maintained. We are a place that promotes no harm methods to the public at large, and a support system for you as a member.
Please visit and go over our CCUS website thoroughly. Pay close attention to the sub-categories under BASIC STANDARDS and HARMFUL METHODS. Compare and contrast these 2 categories to see what we view as harmful and not harmful. If you are using methods we view as harmful, you will have to change your methods or not be accepted as a current member. We don’t mean this to sound harsh, but joining our group is about adhering to proper historic preservation methods.
We are a very social network based and oriented organization, and that medium for us is Facebook. As with all social media like Facebook, it has its good and bad points. We have chosen not to subscribe to some of Facebooks baser elements like drama or hype that is all too often what many make this mediums platform about. We have found that this medium has some very good tools where communication and messaging come into play. This platform not only drives most of the traffic to our website in a variety of ways, but it is the glue that connects to the many cemetery groups that are a large part of the cemetery community on a whole. We are connected in many ways to almost 1 million cemetery enthusiasts from across the globe. This allows us to be very relevant in the cemetery preservation field and to keep our message in the spotlight.
We have a CCUS page that is our quick connect to our website and group through daily posts and information. We have a growing private group of people with average to above average interest in cemetery preservation that we use to educate people with. And most importantly, we have a small private group just for conservator members, like yourself, for talking shop and planning events and strategies. This small group has become essentially mandatory to our organizations functionality because of its ability to get information out to our current members in real time. In short, this is how we communicate.
So to be a Current Member on our website, you must at least have or be willing to have a Facebook account. How else you choose to utilize Facebook in your personal life is strictly up to you.
Please answer the questions that apply to you and your level of experience.
If you are someone who has been previously trained by a credible source like we have listed above, or can show/prove you know, understand, and practice safely the 6 basic standards above, then you are exactly who we are looking for. Please submit answers to the questions on this form and as many pictures of your work in each of the 6 basics above.
Once we have received and reviewed your information, we will contact you and say…CONGRATULATIONS! We will then ask you for a copy of your company or groups logo/artwork/picture for your cameo in our Current Members section. Please give us your company’s website address/Facebook page link, and contact info, so we can place it next to your cameo picture.
We are a co-op of conservators from across the country that network and help each other equally. We want to offer people and organizations that are looking to have preservation work done, as many alternatives as can be afforded to them in their regions. We hope to have a “Jobs Bulletin Board” up for current members only, in the near future. This way we can share, pass, and network jobs with each other.
If you are unable to complete this form, you can send all of the information above to firstname.lastname@example.org.