The trainings are designed for individuals who wish to apply for the official license of a search device to be used in search of objects of cultural value. The licensing obligation derives from the amendment of the Heritage Protection Act, effective from 1 June 2011.

The training programme has been approved by the National Heritage Board - the state authority responsible for the licensing of detector users in Estonia. The trainings aim at providing the license applicants with base knowledge about the importance of cultural heritage, composition of Estonian archaeological heritage, the cultural value of finds and national heritage protection system. The applicants will also be introduced to the rules of behaviour upon the discovery, notification and reporting of finds.

The training programme consists of 24 hours of seminars and 8 hours of fieldwork combined with a workshop presenting the samples from heritage collection of the University of Tartu. The programme will close with the evaluation of training results in the form of an examination. All successful trainees will receive a training certificate which would enable them to apply for the search license. The trainings will take place once or twice a year, depending on the respective demand.