The training overseen by the
University of Delaware at the Iraqi Institute is divided into two levels:
Introductory (Preventive Conservation) and Advanced (Conservation Treatment and
Planning). The Introductory course gives a broad understanding of the international
standards and skills in the field based on the concept of Preventive
Conservation; it is better to stop damage and deterioration before it happens
instead of fixing problems later. These ideas and skills can be used no matter
what position the Iraqi individuals hold: conservator, collections manager,
curator, archaeologist, exhibit specialist, or administrator.
The courses are designed as a series
of Modules arranged in four to six week blocks that can be adapted as needed to
the exigencies of working in Iraq and that allow flexibility in scheduling visiting
lecturers coming from abroad. Classroom sessions alternate with labs for the
development of hands-on skills. The scheduled curriculum is augmented by
lectures and practical sessions that will vary depending on the availability of
heritage professionals visiting Erbil.