CILIP Framework of Qualifications and Accreditation Review

Last year CILIP Council commissioned a review of its Framework of Qualifications and Accreditation (FoQA). This was to look at procedures and processes, with particular focus put on administration of the FoQA. This review resulted in a report containing 19 recommendations.

A steering Group was created in December 2007 to oversee the consideration of the report’s recommendations. It will be producing a final report for CILIP Council in September 2008, with any operational changes being properly phased in from January 2009.

One of the recommendations made in the FoQA report is that ‘the current Revalidation award should be replaced by a lighter-touch, more collaborative approach to continuous professional development, which is nonetheless mandatory. The emphasis should be on personal development, quality learning outcomes, improving skills and competences and maintaining standards of practice.’

What do you think about the current Revalidation scheme? Should Revalidation become compulsory? Is there enough value put on Revalidation, and indeed continued professional development awards in general, within the work place? Please share your views.

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8 Responses

  1. I agree with the recommendation put forward in the report. At the moment I wonder how much value employers put on Revalidation. Making it mandatory will at least give it more worth. I think we should continue to develop professionally and personally anyway. It shouldn’t stop just because you have Chartered.

  2. I don’t think Revalidation can be seen as mandatory unless it has a relevant level and credit rating within the Scottish Credit Qualification Framework http://www.scqf.org.uk/(specifically for Scotland).
    Not all employers recognise MCLIP.

  3. One issue with the proposed changes mentioned is that of unemployed members wishing to revalidate…

  4. CeliaJ/PennyR – Not all employers (or colleagues) seem to see the value of CILIP membership full stop. That mustn’t prevent us from chartering and revalidating and being involved with our professional body. It will be wonderful if /when the SCQF recognises our professional qualifications* but meantime they are still worth pursuing. Personally I’ve found the process of revalidation well worth the time it’s taking. Even if some colleagues say “huh? why would you do that?”

    Mark – I attended a revalidation workshop this week (organised by the Scottish Div. of the CDG) and one of the speakers talked about being unemployed while revalidating. Obviously everyone’s situation is different, but it can be done.

    The devil’s in the detail. What exactly is this mandatory lighter-touch revalidation procedure, we wonder …

    * – this is why CILIP Scotland is so important. 🙂

  5. Difficult to argue for compulsory revalidation when membership of CILIP is not compulsory for a job as a librarian.
    However in the long term revaidation should be compulsory for CILIP members.
    The current revalidation framework seems robust and relevant to Continius Professional Development.

  6. I think there may be a number of people who will reconsider being members of CILIP if revalidation is made mandatory. Chartered status is, I confess, my sole reason for continuing as a member of CILIP and, since I have yet to be convinced of the value of revalidation, I would probably leave CILIP if I was presented with the choice of revalidate or lose Chartered status.

  7. I too have real reservations about compulsory revalidation, particularly if it would involve the same level of additional payments to CILIP in London that are associated with chartering. I think we already pay enough in subscriptions and this should cover the costs associated with chartering. I don’t think that being opposed to compulsory revalidation signifies an aversion to professional development – we are professionals who can take responsibility for our own development!

  8. I have since revised my thoughts on Revalidation. The point I was making before was that Revalidation needs to be seen to be of worth – but now I feel that making it mandatory is not enough. Not only must the whole information profession (not just CILIP members) see a clear benefit to Revalidation, but also employers must recognize it as a valuable qualification (or at least part of one). To this end the whole FoQA needs an overhaul; otherwise CILIP will end up with even fewer members.

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