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CILIP Professional Registration - Library Support Group: Certification

Professional Registration - Certification [ACLIP]

"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."

Taken from CILIP website -

Certification Handbook

Assessment Criteria for Certification

There are three main assessment criteria which you should bear in mind throughout your certification process:

  1. Identify areas for improvement in your personal performance and 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

What Should Be in Your Portfolio

Your portfolio needs to be submitted using the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The structure and layout is flexible: you can use whichever style you prefer, but you must make sure that it is clear and easy for the assessors to navigate and assess.

A submission must consist of:

  • A reflective evaluative statement (a maximum of 1,000 words in length)
  • Supporting evidence pieces
  • The completed online PKSB self-assessment form (available from the CILIP website) - includes 2 rating columns: one from the start of the process, one from the end
  • A Mentor Completion form for Certification and Chartership Candidates. Fellowship candidates provide two letters of support for their application, one of which should be written by their mentor.
  • A copy of your  CV
  • An annotated job description for your current role

You can upload content and assemble it into a submission in the CILIP Portfolio side of the Virtual Learning Environment. This can then be shared with your mentor before you submit so they can see your portfolio in full before it is sent in for assessment.

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