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Professional Registration Certification

Professional Registration Certification

Certification is for you if you are at the beginning of your professional career or want to gain recognition for the knowledge and skills you have developed working in a library, information or knowledge role. It demonstrates to your employer and colleagues that you are committed to working in information services and are invested in your own development.

CILIP Certification is open to everyone with experience of working in an information role, you just need to be a CILIP member to take part.

Certification is a great way to examine and develop your skills and knowledge. There is no time constraint – take as much or as little time as you need.

Once you are awarded Certification you can use the post-nominals ACLIP, for as long as you continue to be a member of CILIP.

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 core elements to achieving Certification:

You’ll need to demonstrate that you’ve identified areas of your personal performance that could be improved and taken steps to develop your skills and enhance your knowledge, such as undertaken CPD activities.

You’ll need to consider the organisational context of your work and how the service you provide contributes to the overall aims of your employer.

Finally, you’ll need to show that you have an understanding of the wider information and knowledge profession and the issues which affect it.

Find out more. Download the Certification handbook here


We have temporarily paused enrolment for Professional Registration. We are updating the processes and systems and will reopen enrolment once the improvements are in place. Please contact Member Services for further information and advice.

If you’d like to be updated when enrolment reopens in autumn 2019, please complete this form.

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