Accreditation for Defence Equipment and Support’s Knowledge and Information Management qualification

First Flight Deck Landing, HMS Queen Elizabeth

The Level 3 Certificate in Knowledge and Information Management run by Defence Equipment and Support has been accredited by CILIP.

Defence Equipment and Support, an arm’s length body of the Ministry of Defence, manages a vast range of complex projects to procure and support all the equipment the Armed Forces need to operate effectively. This newly accredited in-house qualification will help the organisation’s Information Support Administrators and Information Support Officers to undertake their vital role.

Helen Berry, CILIP’s Development Officer for Learning Providers said: “We are delighted to welcome Defence Equipment and Support as our first level three programme, bringing accredited training and development skills to a wider range of information professionals who are integral to the work of our Armed Forces and national security.”

Independent assessor, Ann Hindson, credited the development of a balanced learning qualification that reflects both the knowledge base of the information profession together with the business needs of a very specialist environment.

CILIP’s first accredited programme at Level 3, the Certificate programme was developed by a team of subject experts from Defence Equipment and Support to externally validate the professional skills and knowledge of their information workforce. The work was supported by the Defence Awarding Organisation, which provides vocational qualifications to Armed Forces personnel and to Ministry of Defence civil servants.

Emma Solomon, Head of DE&S Information Awarding Centre said: “It’s very gratifying that the certificate has been so well received within the Information Management community. We’re looking forward to the first cohort of practitioners from our CILIP-accredited programme, who will also be able to benefit from membership of CILIP.”

CILIP’s learning provider accreditation is designed to help students choose library, information and archive career programmes that cover the essential skills and knowledge, and have been rigorously assessed.  Programmes are assessed using the CILIP Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB) which identifies the core knowledge and skills of the profession. The PKSB is a flexible and practical tool which has been designed to be straight forward and comprehensive in order to capture the many different types of skills and knowledge that are expected of a modern information professional at all stages of a career.


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Notes to Editors


CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals is the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers in the United Kingdom. Its publishing arm, Facet Publishing, is the publisher of choice for the information profession.

About DE&S

Defence Equipment and Support is a bespoke trading entity, and arm’s length body of the Ministry of Defence. They manage a vast range of complex projects to buy and support all the equipment and services that the Armed Forces need to operate effectively. They work closely with industry through partnering agreements and private finance initiatives. DE&S is a learning organisation that provides a variety of learning and development opportunities. They aim to develop their professional capability and think about how personal development supports the strategic goals by building the right skills, knowledge and behaviours in all their people. This means building a culture of professionalism, continuous improvement, effective engagement and high performance.

About CILIP Accreditation for Learning Providers

There are currently 23 CILIP accredited learning providers offering 76 programmes and 9 stand-alone modules in a broad range of information related subjects from Data Science to International Archives, Records and Information Management.


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