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Professional Registration Chartership

Demonstrate to employers that you have achieved the gold standard as an information professional by becoming a Chartered member of CILIP.

Chartership is a great way to further develop your foundation of skills and knowledge and apply these skills and knowledge in your current and future activities. It demonstrates that you are committed to your own development and to working in information services. Through application of your learning in professional practice you can achieve recognition as a Chartered library and information professional.

There are no barriers to entry – Chartership is available to all CILIP members.

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

What does Chartership involve?

There are three key elements to achieving Chartership:

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. Once you’ve taken steps to develop these skills you’ll be assessed on how you’ve used your new knowledge.

You’ll need to consider your organisation’s mission, aims or objectives and evaluate your service’s performance against these. You’ll be assessed on your ability to identify areas for service improvement and the recommendations you make to close the gap between current and ideal practice.

Finally, you’ll need to demonstrate how you enhance your knowledge of the wider professional context and reflect on your current areas of interest.

For more detailed information, download the Chartership handbook.


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.

Chartership for Knowledge Management

For information regarding Chartership for Knowledge Management visit:

Professional Registration Chartership for Knowledge Management
KM Chartership
Step-by-step guide to applying for professional registration

Enrolment for Chartership for Knowledge Management is in cohorts and is by invitation. Invitations to join our second cohort were sent out in May 2019. Our next cohort will be in Autumn 2019. Please register your interest to receive further information.

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