20 Aug CILIP Revalidation Hints & Tips – Writing your supporting statement
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.