ODA - Ohio's Premier 
Metal  Detecting Organization
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Metal Detecting Artifact Museum


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What is this?

The Task Force has developed a series of online training materials to provide instruction in responsible metal detecting practices including:

  • Honoring local laws and property rights
  • Reporting artifacts of historical significance to the appropriate authorities
  • Ensuring a respectful interaction with the environment.

Please take a few moments to complete our training program. Upon completion, you will be able to print your own Task Force Certified ID card to carry with you into the field and a full-size Task Force Certification to display publicly showing your support of responsible metal detecting practices.


Why would being Task Force certified matter? Being “certified” by the Task Force means you will have documentation showing that you have taken the time to educate yourself in responsible metal detecting practices and that we, the metal detecting community, are united under a set of principles and guidelines.

What do I have to do to get certified?

The Task Force certification consists of reviewing the below training materials, and giving your acknowledgement that you will abide by the principles laid out therein. It takes only a few minutes.

1. Review the Metal Detectorists Code of Ethics.

2. Review our training video on Proper Digging Techniques and Target Recovery.

3. Review our training video on Responsibility managing discovering of historical significance.