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Professional Registration

In an increasingly competitive world it is essential to stand out. Recognised by employers in all sectors and internationally, Professional Registration demonstrates your abilities, knowledge and experience. There are three levels to suit every stage of your career - Certification, Chartership and Fellowship. With support from a mentor our portfolio-based approach provides a flexible approach to suit your life.

Why become Professionally Registered?

Take the next step in your career. Widely recognised and respected, Professional Registration strengthens your CV and helps open up new opportunities and develop your current role.

Increase your status. Professional registration demonstrates to employers and colleagues that you are committed to developing and maintaining the knowledge, skills and competency needed to meet today's information needs.

Increase recognition of your abilities, skills and experience. Once you have gained a level of Professional Registration you will be able to use the postnominals ACLIP (Certification), MCLIP (Chartership) or FCLIP (Fellowship) and you can be included on CILIP’s public register of practitioners

Increase your earnings. Gaining Certification, Chartership or Fellowship is an advantage to your career. High-earners are more likely to hold professional qualifications than low-earners: 64.8% of our workforce earning £40,000 or more hold a professional qualification.

Once you have gained Certification, Chartership or Fellowship your membership is upgraded to a 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.

Find a level that's right for you

Invest in your skills and demonstrate your competence through Certification, Chartership or Fellowship.

Take the next step

Ready to take your membership to the next level? Find out how with our step by step guide.


Demonstrate your ongoing commitment to professional development and show employers and potential employers you’re in touch with your profession.


Knowledge Management Chartership

In April 2019 we’ll be launching the first Professional Registration in Knowledge Management backed by Royal Charter.

All the help you need

We’re here to support you on your journey towards Professional Registration. Find out what resources are available and how we can help.


What's really important is that being a member of CILIP, you're recognised as working within a values framework, you are chartered which means you are able to demonstrate higher levels of competency. But the most important reasons for joining CILIP are having access to the latest knowledge, research and ideas, providing the opportunity to network and connect with other people in the profession and help to advocate for a better library and information community.

Ayub Khan CILIP President at CILIP Conference 2018
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