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CILIP Revalidation Hints & Tips – Writing your supporting statement

CILIP Revalidation Hints & Tips – Writing your supporting statement

CILIP Revalidation Hints & Tips

CILIP Revalidation Hints & Tips series

This post is part of a series of blog posts I’m writing about CILIP Revalidation. Last year I worked with CILIP as a Future Skills Project Worker on a part-time secondment basis helping develop CILIP’s Professional Registration (Certification, Chartership, Fellowship and Revalidation). I went on to use the new process to successfully revalidate my CILIP Chartership earlier this year, and am sharing my experience through a series of blog posts. For other posts in the series, see the Revalidation Hints & Tips series.

There are two parts to CILIP Revalidation; your log of CPD activities, and your supporting statement. The supporting statement is your opportunity to explain and reflect on your CPD activities. You only have 250 words, so you have to be fairly concise.

Your statement needs to show how you have met the assessment criteria to revalidate your level of Professional Registration (Certification, Chartership, or Fellowship). As a reminder, they’re available online in the relevant handbooks. I found it useful to structure my statement around the criteria (this isn’t the only way to do it, but it’s what I found easiest). I wrote paragraph for each of the three criteria, and referred to the relevant CPD activities in the statement. In my case, for my last revalidation I chose to focus on the following:

  • Criteria 1 (personal development): coaching and leadership
  • Criteria 2 (service development): presentation skills
  • Criteria 3 (wider professional awareness): my involvement in ALA’s New Members Round Table

I didn’t mention all my activities, just highlighted the key one or two things for each criteria, reflected briefly on them, and mentioned how I plan to develop further – this is basically the ‘What? So what? Now what?’ model of reflection that I use all the time (for more information on reflective practice, I recommend Emma Illingworth’s excellent post written for CPD23).

250 words isn’t much at all, but by planning it around just the key activities to support each criteria, and focusing a paragraph at a time, I found it only took an hour or two to go from a blank page to a final statement.

Do you have any tips for writing the supporting statement for Revalidation? Please share in the comments if so. 

6 Comments
  • Ruth
    Posted at 15:52h, 03 March Reply

    Do you have any examples of the statement, or know if there are any on the VLE? Thanks!

    • Jo Alcock
      Posted at 15:52h, 05 March Reply

      Hi Ruth – I’d be happy to share mine if that would be helpful. If you connect with me on the CILIP VLE I can share it with you so you can see it on there.

      • Ruth
        Posted at 19:58h, 10 March Reply

        Thanks Jo! I’ve added you on the VLE – really appreciate your help 🙂

        • Jo Alcock
          Posted at 11:17h, 11 March Reply

          You’re very welcome 🙂

  • Dave Puplett
    Posted at 11:04h, 28 September Reply

    Very useful posts! The link to the assessment criteria is broken, but I found them here:

    http://www.cilip.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Professional%20Registration%20Regulations%20v0.4%20171013.pdf

    • Jo Alcock
      Posted at 11:26h, 28 September Reply

      Thanks Dave, glad you found the posts helpful.

      Thanks for letting me know about the broken link too – I’ve updated it to link to the page with the handbooks.

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