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Professional Registration Certification

Professional Registration Certification

Certification is aimed at those who are at the beginning of their professional career or who want to gain some recognition for the knowledge and skills they have developed working in a library, information or knowledge role.

Certification is an ideal way to examine and develop your skills and knowledge and make improvements. There is no time constraint – take as long or as short a time as is appropriate for your development.

The value of Certification is that you are demonstrating to your employer and colleagues that you are committed to working in information services and are invested in your own development.

Once you are awarded Certification you can use the post-nominal letters ACLIP, for as long as you continue to be a member of CILIP. Once you have achieved this, we recommend that you revalidate annually to demonstrate your commitment to CPD. The CILIP Register of Practitioners shows both the initial date of your award and the date of your most recent revalidation.

If you are in a role with some levels of responsibility or have a lot of experience working in the information sector you should look at applying for Chartership instead – you can start at any point on the Professional Registration journey – just pick the best starting point for you.

What does Certification involve?

There are three key elements to achieving Certification:

You’ll need to show how you have used the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB) to examine your skills and knowledge and identified areas for development based on improving your performance in your current role or for future roles.

You will then need to compile a portfolio with supporting evidence that demonstrates you can do the following to meet the three assessment criteria:

  1. IDENTIFY areas for improvement in your personal performance, UNDERTAKE activities to develop skills and enhance knowledge
  2. CONSIDER the organisational context of your service and EXAMINE your role within the organisation
  3. ENHANCE your knowledge of information services in order to understand the wider professional context within which you work

Find out more. Download the Certification handbook here


In order to enrol, you will need to have your membership number and be ready to pay your registration fee. Use the link below to enrol:

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You will be prompted for payment when you complete the form. If you wish to be invoiced so that your employer can pay, please ensure that you have a Purchase Order Number, if required. Your enrolment will not be processed until we have received payment. Once we have received payment you will then be enrolled into the Professional Registration Candidates’ Group. You will find all your support material in this area.

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