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Professional Registration Candidates

Supporting you on your journey towards Professional Registration

What support is available?

A dedicated mentor who will help you take a fresh look at your skills and experiences, discover new ideas and perspectives, and provide support through the process.

As well as support from your mentor, your local CILIP Regional Member Network has a dedicated Candidate Support Officer (CSO) who will help you through the Professional Registration process.

CILIP’s skills map, the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base, is an interactive tool that helps identify your strengths, areas for development and helps plot your progress.

Practical guides, tips and resources are available on our Virtual Learning Environment.

Professional Registration workshops take place across the country providing an opportunity meet fellow candidates and go through the process in more detail.

A dedicated team at CILIP are available to answer any questions you have and provide support.

Finding a mentor

Your mentor is a key part of your Professional Registration, they are there to guide and support you throughout the process. All of our mentors have completed the CILIP mentorship training programme and know how to advise you to successfully complete your Professional Registration.

A full list of our available registered mentors along with guidance about contacting them is available on the VLE.

We recommend you choose a CILIP mentor in a different sort of organisation from yourself. This will make it easier to discuss service performance objectively and helps with acquiring wider professional knowledge. Though you may choose a CILIP mentor within your organisation, your line manager must not be your mentor as this would make it difficult to evaluate things objectively.

Once you have found someone who is willing to mentor you, you need to set up your first meeting – this can be in person, on the phone, or online. At this meeting, you’ll need to complete the Mentoring Agreement Form together to know what to expect from each other.

Full details of what you can expect from your mentor, tips for ensuring an effective mentoring relationship and what to do if you think the relationship isn’t working out are also available on the VLE.

Can’t find what you need?

Contact the CILIP support team on 020 7255 0500 or

Sign in to the VLE

Access the PKSB, find a mentor and log your CPD on out Virtual Learning Environment

Find events to support you CPD

Explore the range of events and Professional Registration workshops taking place around the country to support your CPD.

Access our eLearning resources

Find an eLearning course to suit your development needs.


Chartership introduced me to the diverse CILIP community; learning from many LIS professionals has made this effort more meaningful.

Fotis Mystakopoulos - Academic Metadata Assistant and Chartered Member
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