21 Aug CILIP Revalidation Hints & Tips – Compiling and submitting
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.
The final stage in the Revalidation process is to put together your CPD log and supporting statement, and submit it. This is all done via the CILIP VLE. If you’ve been recording your CPD throughout the year in the CPD log in CILIP Portfolio (see my post on Recording your CPD), and have your supporting statement written (see my post on Writing your supporting statement) this stage won’t take long at all.
You need to create a new page in the CILIP Portfolio (you go to the Portfolio tab, and then Create Page), and add your CPD log and supporting statement into it. How you do that in terms of format is up to you, but I recommend simply adding the CPD log (which embeds your CPD log entries into the page) and a text box (which you can then add your statement into). I chose a two column layout with equal widths, and then dragged my CPD log to the right hand side, and added a text box to the left hand side, like below:
You can choose a different layout if you wish, and use different types of content (e.g. you could add your statement as a Word or PDF document). Try to think about the assessors when you compile your submission though – you want to make it as easy as possible for them to see your CPD log and your supporting statement, so having it all on one page without them having to download anything is a good idea I think.
Once you’re happy with your page, you need to share it with the assessors to enable them to view it. This is done in the sharing section – you simply add the assessors group to the people to share with (you can also use this to share with others if you want to do so, either other CILIP members or non-members (e.g. your mentor, your manager). One of the great features of the CILIP Portfolio is the control over sharing your content so you might want to familiarise yourself with this. Below is a screenshot of how you share with the Professional Registration Assessors.
Then all that’s left is to submit via the CILIP VLE to notify CILIP, and ultimately the assessors, that your Revalidation is ready to be assessed. To do this you go back to the main CILIP VLE (not CILIP Portfolio), go to the Revalidation section, and submit. From the submission page you can select the relevant page from CILIP Portfolio (make sure you give it a sensible name such as including the date, so you know you’re submitting the correct one).
That’s all there is to it! At the moment Revalidation is optional (though free), and each one is assessed. Mine took around 6 weeks to be notified of the result, and I received an email and a certificate to show I had successfully revalidated my Chartership. In future CILIP plan to have a membership vote on whether Revalidation should be obligatory – I’ll be supporting that as I’m a strong believer in the need for continuing professional development, and think Revalidation is a good way to encourage this. If Revalidation becomes obligatory, it’s unlikely that each submission will be assessed (there are only around 12 assessors, all giving their time voluntarily), so it would be more likely to just be a sample assessed each year.
That concludes my CILIP Revalidation Hints & Tips blog post series. I hope you found it useful – please feel free to leave any questions (or your own tips!) in the comments. Good luck with your Revalidation! 🙂