Saturday, 4 January 2014

Chartership, the changes. Part 2: The ingredients

In my last post I considered the change in assessment criteria for Chartership.   Now I'm taking a closer look at what specific items are required for submissions.

Requirements Old regulations New regulations
Table of contents Yes Yes
Curriculum Vitae Yes This should be annotated, up to four pages and include some reflection on your career development so far.
Personal Professional Development Plan To include analysis of the impact and effectiveness of training Replaced by gap analyses based on the new Professional Knowledge and Skills Base - one at the start of Chartership process and one at the end
Personal evaluative statement Explain why you chose the material included in your portfolio, include outcomes of developmental activities in which you have participated and an evaluation of how they have contributed to your professional development, cross reference to other items in your portfolio Same length, but much clearer that the emphasis should be on reflection rather than details of activities.  Shows how
you have met assessment
criteria, links to the
evidence you have selected
to demonstrate this.
Information about the organisation / service Materials selected to show that you understand the objectives of the organisation and information service/products and are able to analyse how effectively these objectives are met No longer on the checklist, but covered by one of the revised assessment criteria
Organisational structure charts Yes No longer on the checklist, but I imagine it will often be included in the job description
 Job description Yes This should be annotated to include some reflection on your role. If you have changed jobs during your Chartership period then you can include both job descriptions if you want to.
Evidence of participation in a mentor scheme Including mentoring completion form Yes
Evidence of professional development. This may include attendance at training courses, meetings, research and involvement in professional networks. Broader range of evidence types given as examples, emphasises that evidence should demonstrate value and meet the assessment criteria.


Observations

Overall, these changes result in a slightly shorter list of requirements for inclusion, but very little difference in how you collect the evidence on an ongoing basis, which is the vast majority of the work involved.

The only thing that makes me slightly nervous about switching to the new regulations when I'm so far along with the old ones is the requirement to do a PKSB skills analysis for where you were at the start of the process.  I'm sure I could do it if necessary, but I've sent CILIP a query about it and will update here when I've heard back. Update: It's fine to submit the professional development plan instead of the initial skills analysis if you've already started under the old regs.

The other thing that has changed slightly is that the CV now needs to include reflection on career development so far.  I understand how this fits with Chartership, but one of the things I liked about the old way of doing the CV was that it encouraged inclusion of jobs and external experience that has contributed to getting you to where you are now, essentially creating a master CV from which to extract content for other CVs.  As it was I had to whittle mine down to four pages, and if I do submit under the new regulations I'll need to make further reductions to allow space for the career development reflection.  I guess I'll still be maintaining my properly extended CV as a separate entity a bit longer!

Coming soon

  • Changes to presentation and submission of portfolio

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