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Professional Registration Fellowship

Professional Registration Fellowship

Fellowship is the highest level of Professional Registration and if you can evidence substantial achievement in professional practice and have made a significant contribution to all or part of the information profession, it is appropriate for you.

Fellowship is an ideal way to evaluate the impact you have had on your organisation and the wider profession. There is no time constraint; you can take as long or as short a time as is appropriate for your development.

Fellowship means that your contributions are recognised and valued by a group of your peers. Once you are awarded Fellowship you can use the post-nominal letters FCLIP, as long as you continue to be a member of CILIP. After Fellowship we recommend that you revalidate annually to demonstrate your commitment to reflecting on your CPD. The CILIP Register of Practitioners shows both the initial date of your award and the date of your most recent revalidation.

What does Fellowship involve?

There are three key elements to achieving Fellowship:

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 shows how you meet the three assessment criteria:

  1. IDENTIFIED areas for improvement in your personal performance, UNDERTAKEN activities to develop skills, APPLIED these in practice and REFLECTED on the process and outcomes
  2. ENHANCED the organisational context of your work, and EVIDENCED SUBSTANTIAL ACHIEVEMENT in professional practice
  3. ENHANCED your commitment to, and knowledge of, the information profession in order to have made A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION to all or part of the profession

Find out more. Download the Fellowship 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:

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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