Getting qualified

Library and information specific qualifications are not essential to start your career, but formal qualifications  will enhance your employability and provide a solid introduction to areas of work that you could move into later in your career. Start by looking at the list of academic programmes accredited by CILIP.

  • CILIP accredited qualifications

    A CILIP accredited programme is the best preparation for professional practice. All programmes are assessed using the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB) which identifies the core knowledge and skills of the profession. Individual institutions will advise on entrance requirements, starting dates and the availability of places.

    Only currently accredited programmes are listed. 

  • International academic qualifications

    Many overseas qualifications can be used in the UK. CILIP has reciprocal agreements with certain national professional assocations. Please contact us to confirm that your qualification will be accepted in the UK.

  • Vocational qualifications

    Vocational qualifications enable you to combine work with gaining a qualification that is widely recognised by employers.