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Why revalidate?

By undertaking Professional Registration, you’ve already shown a your commitment to improving your professional knowledge. One way to demonstrate your ongoing commitment is to revalidate your CILIP Certification, Chartership or Fellowship and ensure you get the professional recognition you deserve for keeping your skills up-to-date and staying in touch with the latest developments in the profession.

Revalidation is voluntary, but if you’ve had a career break or changed sectors, revalidating your Professional Registration demonstrates to employers and potential employers that you are in touch with your profession and committed to your professional development.

If you’ve already achieved a level of Professional Registration and been out of CILIP membership for a while, you’ll need to revalidate to use your CILIP postnominals again.

How to revalidate

Revalidating is free and all you need to do is to complete 20 hours of CPD and submit a short statement (250 words, max) reflecting on how you’ve developed your knowledge over the last year.

Submission for revalidation is currently paused while we review our process, but will reopen in early autumn - until then, please continue to complete CPD and keep a record of it.

Remember that reading a professional publication, talking about professional issues with a colleague and engaging on social media are all valid CPD activities - as well as attending a formal training course or a conference. If you have previously revalidated, the feedback you received will be very useful for preparing your new revalidation submission.

Once you’ve logged your CPD, submit this with your reflective statement. All CILIP members already complete more than 20 hours of CPD in a year, so by revalidating, you will get professional recognition for doing so!

If you need a hand preparing and submitting your revalidation log and reflective statement, drop our Member Services team a line – they’ll be happy to help.

Please note that we will be suspending Revalidation Submissions on 18th August. A new process will be available in the early autumn.

Frequently asked questions
We’ve gathered the most common questions about revalidation below:

No, members will not lose their post-nominals or member status if they remain in membership and do not revalidate: however you will not have your entry on the Register of Practitioners updated if you do not revalidate.

You already do it. CPD includes everyday activities such as reading about professional issues, attending meetings, and participating in social media and informal discussions - as well as conferences and training.

CPD activities needn’t cost you anything more than your time. As part of your membership benefits you already have access to CPD such as the CILIP Update magazine and e-learning modules.

No, retired members are exempt from having to revalidate. However, if you are retired and would like to revalidate then you would be very welcome to do so.
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For further information and advice on revalidation, contact the Member Services team:

Finally got round to completing and submitting my #CILIP revalidation this year. Just got an email from @CILIPinfo to say I was successful! It was a useful process and nice to reflect on what I learnt over the last year.

Elen Davies
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