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Knowledge Management Chartership

Chartership and Fellowship for Knowledge Managers

CILIP is working with a group of leading international Knowledge Management practitioners to launch the first Professional Registration in Knowledge Management backed by Royal Charter. The scheme enrolled a pilot cohort for KM Chartership in Q1 2019 and will continue to enrol candidates for this in small cohorts during 2020. A pilot for KM Fellowship is now in progress.

Once you have gained KM Chartership or KM Fellowship your membership is upgraded to Registered Professional, with a new membership rate of £10.83 a month (£130 a year) or £6.67 (£80) for those members on a concessionary rate.


Why become a registered KM professional?

Professional registration offers a range of benefits for you as a KM practitioner:
  • Recognition of your skills and experience
  • Validation of your professional status by a globally-recognised organisation
  • Differentiation from other KM practitioners in the field
  • A seal of approval for employers and clients
What level of recognition will be available?

Our new KM Professional Registration enables members to become a Chartered Knowledge Manager or Knowledge Management Fellow.
  • KM Chartership is for practitioners with a body of experience in KM.
  • KM Fellowship is for practitioners making significant impact in the KM profession.
How long will it take?

This depends on an individual's time commitment and chosen development journey. Enrolment is by invitation and is quick and easy via the CILIP website. Once enrolled, you will have access to all the candidate guidance and resources. It is up to you how long you want to take to develop a strong application. Once submitted, most applications are usually assessed within 8 weeks.

Who does the assessment?

Submissions are assessed by the CILIP Professional Registration and Accreditation Board. To ensure that applications are assessed by people with appropriate expertise, we are in the process of recruiting additional assessors from the Knowledge Management community.

What will I need to do?

Chartership is available to all CILIP members with experience in KM. You will be asked to develop your foundation of skills and experience and apply these in current and future activities. You will need to demonstrate your personal development, your insight into your service's performance and have considered a wider professional context.

How do I apply?

Enrolment is in cohorts and is by invitation. Invitations to join our third cohort were sent out in Autumn 2019. Our next cohort will be in Spring 2020. Please register your interest to receive updates on KM professional registration.


I had the privilege of representing CILIP on BSI’s KnowledgeManagement (KM) Committee which helped develop this new KM Standard [BSI ISO 30401]. I believe this standard is a key step in professionalising/formalising KM into a discipline and gives KM legitimacy as a profession. This is good news for those knowledge managers considering becoming Chartered Knowledge Managers through CILIP’s Professional Registration process.

Karen McFarlane, CILIP Trustee
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