Saturday, 4 January 2014

Chartership, the changes. Part 4: How this all relates to ACLIP and FCLIP

This is one of a series of posts in which I get to grips with the new requirements for CILIP Chartership.  Previous posts looked at  the new assessment criteria, changes to portfolio contents and the new submission process.

I realise that this is a strange way to order the posts, but I thought it would be useful to finish with my observations of the overall changes to Professional Registration with CILIP.

I have been aware of ACLIP and FCLIP for as long as I've known about the MCLIP, but was never very clear about what was involved with each of them.  My perception was that ACLIP was useful accreditation if you didn't need/want the Masters but wanted something to show your professionalism and development, while FCLIP was for the awesome super-librarians who have conquered all - a lofty and unachievable goal that few people even seem to aim for.

The new Professional Registration materials present these qualifications (I know we're not supposed to call them that but it's how I think of them!) as a natural progression, with Revalidation as an ongoing process in between.  All three handbooks are available to members via the VLE, and artificial rules on when you can apply for each one have been removed.

The evaluation criteria for the three levels are very closely related, but show a definite (but achievable, one day!)  progression through your career.  For example,
  • Certification (ACLIP):  Considered the organisational context of their service and examined their role within the organisation
  • Chartership (MCLIP):  Examined the organisational context of their service, evaluated service performance, shown the ability to implement or recommend improvement, and reflected on actual or desired outcomes
  • Fellowship (FCLIP):  Examined the organisational context of their work and evidenced substantial achievement in professional practice
The evaluative statement is the same length (1000 words) for all stages, although obviously addressing the assessment criteria for the level you're aiming for.  The list of items to include is exactly the same for Certification and Chartership, with the additional requirement of two supporting letters for Fellowship.  All levels include the emphasis on reflection.  Revalidation happens after every level, but is much less of a big deal than it seems to have been before.  There is no registration fee and all that is required is logging of 20 hours' CPD each year. This is easily achieved, so I think it will just be a case of getting into the habit of logging these hours.

There are several advantages to doing it this way.  People are assessed on their professional experience, achievements and development, regardless of whether they're working full- or part-time and whether they hold the MLIS or some other relevant qualification.  Professional Registration should become a real indication of the individual's approach to their work.  Anyone can apply for any level, as long as they feel they have sufficient evidence to demonstrate that they are working at that level, and the assessors may decide to award a different level to the one you applied for if, for example, you registered for Chartership but really should have applied for Certification or vice versa.  (I doubt that'll happen often, but useful to know...)

I'm really looking forward to working with the new requirements for Professional Registrations!


  1. A really interesting series of posts: I feel a lot more clued in about what's changed since I chartered (recently enough to be curious). Thanks for writing it! I wonder when I'll revalidate...

    1. Thanks Katie, I'm glad you found them interesting! Revalidation is much easier and designed to be done every year, so it's well worth taking a look at the requirements. I'd love to hear how you get on with that element of it.