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NOC 5112– Conservators and curators

To apply under NOC-5112 National Occupation Classification you must follow the roles and responsibilities of Conservators and curators.

Required roles and responsibilities:-

Conservators and curators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Examine artifacts, determine their condition, suggest methods for treating them and recommend preventive conservation techniques to their owners
  • Restore and conserve paintings, photographs, sculptures, furniture, pottery and other museum and art gallery artifacts
  • Provide advice on display and storage of museum and gallery artifacts to ensure proper maintenance and preservation
  • Research new conservation and restoration techniques
  • Provide consultation to museums, art galleries or private individuals
  • Supervise conservation technicians and other museum technicians.

Curators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Recommend the acquisition of paintings, photographs, sculptures, documents and other museum and art gallery artifacts
  • Research origins and artistic history of artifacts
  • Develop storylines and themes and organize displays and exhibitions
  • Co-ordinate the storage of collections and the setting up of displays and exhibitions
  • Oversee the conservation, display and circulation of collections
  • Supervise curatorial assistants and other museum technicians.

Conservators and curators may specialize in a particular type of collection or material, such as furniture, weapons, books, paintings and musical instruments.

You can also see the required titles to apply as a Conservators and curators. 

NOC 5112 – Conservators and curators: example titles.

  • archaeology curator
  • archaeology museum curator
  • art gallery conservator
  • art gallery curator
  • art object curator
  • artifact conservator
  • assistant museum curator
  • aviation and space museum curator
  • ceramics and glass conservator
  • conservator – art objects
  • conservator – museum
  • conservator, art gallery
  • contemporary art curator
  • contemporary art museum curator
  • curator
  • ethnology curator
  • ethnology museum curator
  • fine art and polychrome conservator
  • fossil conservator
  • fossil curator
  • furniture and wooden objects conservator
  • herbarium curator
  • historical artifact conservator
  • insectarium conservator
  • insectarium curator
  • invertebrate zoology curator
  • invertebrate zoology museum curator
  • library curator
  • metals conservator
  • museologist
  • museum curator
  • museum objects conservator
  • natural history museum curator
  • natural history specimen conservator
  • natural sciences curator
  • natural sciences museum curator
  • ornithology curator
  • ornithology museum curator
  • paintings conservator
  • paper conservator
  • photograph conservator
  • photography museum curator
  • science and technology curator
  • science and technology museum curator
  • sculpture conservator
  • textile conservator
  • vertebrate zoology curator
  • vertebrate zoology museum curator


Employment Requirements

  • Conservators require a master’s degree in art conservation or Completion of a three-year college program in conservation technology and several years of experience in conservation work.
  • Curators require a master’s or bachelor’s degree in museology, art history or a field related to their specific area of work.

Additional Information

  • Progression to museum or art gallery management positions is possible with experience.


  • Curatorial assistants (in 5212 Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries)
  • Museum designers (in 5243 Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers)
  • Museum educators (in 1123 Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations)
  • Restaurateurs in food services (in 0631 Restaurant and food service managers)

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