• Graduation


  • ECTS-Points


  • Learning format

    Blended learning

  • Duration

    2 semesters, part time

  • Presence phases


  • Start

    Summer semester 2025, Krems

  • Admission requirements

    According to curriculum

  • Language


  • Curriculum

    Subject to Senate approval

The certificate program focuses on the threats and risks to museums, archives and libraries. You will learn how to handle cultural objects made of different materials and how to identify objects that require priority treatment. You will assess the stability of buildings. You will prepare emergency plans for cultural property and test them with local emergency services.
Graduates of the CP will be able to take the lead in preparing emergency plans for cultural institutions, with a focus on movable cultural property, and to test these plans with the emergency services.

Anna Maria Kaiser

Highlight of the CP is the preparation of an emergency plan for a selected museum and the final testing with emergency services!

Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr.
Anna Maria Kaiser

Study Program Director – Center for Cultural Property Protection

  • innovative teaching methods

  • practice-oriented

  • interdisciplinary

Module 1:

The CP starts with an introduction to emergency planning for movable cultural property, including crisis management, the national legal framework and the identification and assessment of threat scenarios to cultural property.

Module 2:

The second module is dedicated to the handling of various materials, with a focus on preventing further damage when movable cultural property needs to be moved. The module also provides an introduction to collection management and inventory, as well as basic structural principles for assessing whether a building is still safe to enter.

Module 3:

Module 3 consists of the guided development of an emergency plan for a self-selected museum, archive or library, in which the identification of cultural property and prioritisation options play an important role. An essential part of this module is also the cooperation with the persons in charge of the selected site, as well as with the emergency services, who may also be called upon to assist in the protection of cultural property if necessary.

Module 4:

The CP concludes with a cultural property evacuation exercise organised by the students in cooperation with the local emergency services. Completion of the CP will enable students to prepare emergency plans for cultural institutions, with a focus on movable cultural property, and to test the plans prepared in cooperation with local emergency services.

The study program director is Anna Kaiser, Assistant Professor and Head of the Center for Cultural Property Protection. Her research themes predominantly orbit around the protection of cultural property, integrating a multidisciplinary approach that spans ancient history, military studies, and contemporary strategies for safeguarding heritage. Her methodological expertise lies in combining historical analysis with practical military training, emphasizing the application of strategies for protecting cultural heritage in conflict zones and disaster-prone areas.

The lecturers of the CP consist of a large number of renowned international experts from various disciplines with civilian and military backgrounds. They are all involved not only in theoretical and applied research but also in the practice of cultural heritage protection. This ensures that the latest state of research and knowledge is conveyed.



In combination with other continuing education programs, Stackable Programs can be combined to achieve an academic degree.

After the Academic Expert Program (AEP), many other options are open, such as an academic degree (Master).
Tatjana Kohl

The Stackable Program offers me complete flexibility in the design of my studies.

Tatjana Kohl


Which follow-up studies and programs are available?

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