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International Academic Qualifications


International academic qualifications

Many overseas qualifications can be used in the UK. CILIP has reciprocal agreements with certain national professional assocations. Please contact us to confirm that your qualification will be accepted in the UK.

ALA, ALIA and LAI

CILIP has a reciprocal agreement with the American Library Association (ALA), the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and the Library Association of Ireland (ALI) which means academic qualifications accredited by those bodies are accepted in the UK.

"The American Library Association, the Australian Library and Information Association, and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals recognise the Master’s-level Degree programmes accredited by each of the three associations." updated 15 May 2017

"The Australian Library and Information Association and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals recognise the Bachelor Degree and Post Graduate Diploma programs accredited by each association". updated 23 May 2017

“It is hereby understood by this Statement of Mutual Recognition that the Library Association of Ireland and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals recognise the undergraduate, post-graduate and master’s-level degree programmes accredited by each of the associations. ” updated 15th October 2019

Other countries: further information

Library and information qualifications from EU member states are also accepted in the UK for employment purposes, provided they have been assessed as being at UK degree level or equivalent.

Other qualifications are individually checked by CILIP with UK NARIC. For further information please contact Member Services.


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