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CILIP launches new Short Course Accreditation

08 April 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Helen Berry
CILIP launches new Short Course Accreditation


CILIP, the library and information association, has launched a new accreditation scheme for short and modular courses. The very first short course to be awarded this accreditation is the Chief Data Officer Summer School offered by Carruthers and Jackson Limited.

The Short Course Accreditation helps both Learning and Development providers and independent learners by offering the same quality guarantee that full CILIP Accreditation offers to degree-level courses. Employers and individuals can book quality training to enhance skills with confidence.

Carruthers and Jackson’s Chief Data Officer Summer School is a practical, hands-on course for data professionals run by the authors of the popular Chief Data Officer’s Playbook. This book, written by the course trainers, was well received within the profession on publication.

Helen Berry, CILIP’s Workforce Development Manager said “We know that CILIP accreditation stands for quality. By choosing a CILIP accredited course, learners can feel confident that the content is high quality and has been tested against the professional standard by an independent assessor. The CILIP accreditation certifies quality learning and delivery as well as relevance to the employment market.

Our Short Course Accreditation offers the same quality guarantee to shorter courses which don’t lead to a formal qualification. This includes modular courses, day courses and online courses within the Library, Knowledge or Information field.”

Independent assessor, Ann Hindson, commented that the course offers candidates a high quality online experience combined with face- to-face opportunities. The use of social networking tools also facilitates the development of a community of practice, fostering relationships across organisations and sectors.

Trainer Caroline Carruthers said ‘The Chief Data Officers Summer School is really close to my heart and I’m absolutely ecstatic that it’s the first programme to receive CILIP’s short course accreditation. Working with CILIP means that the programme has demonstrated how it adds value to a data and information leaders' development and the high standard that it adheres to.’



Press contact

Gemma Wood: Gemma.Wood@cilip.org.uk

020 7255 0500

Notes for editors

CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals is the leading professional body for information specialists, librarians and knowledge managers in the United Kingdom with roots going back to 1877. It is the second largest in the world and the only one with a Royal Charter. Its publishing arm, Facet, is the publisher of choice for the information profession.

About CILIP Short Course Accreditation

CILIP Short course accreditation was launched in 2020.

Accredited Short Courses are recommend for L&D professionals booking training for their organisations and independent learners looking to enhance their skills. You’ll find a full list of short courses which we accredit on the website.

All CILIP Accredited Short Courses are independently assessed every three years to ensure they meet the following criteria:


  • Relevance of the course to the professional standard (CILIP’s Professional Knowledge and Skills Base)
  • The learning provider is providing a high-quality learning experience
  • The learning provider engages with employers to ensure that programmes are relevant
  • Staff and trainers are up to date with current professional practice
  • Learners are encouraged to engage with their professional body CILIP

The Chief Data Officer's Playbook

The new and rapidly expanding role of the Chief Data Officer (CDO) is of significant interest and relevance to organisations and data professionals internationally. Written by two practicing CDOs, this new book offers a jargon-free, practical guide to making better decisions based on data.

The Kindle edition is currently available from Facet Publishing for only £9.99.


Published: 7 April 2020


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