A really important change is being proposed by CILIP to revalidation. 2015 is going to see discussions culminating in a member ballot (October) proposing that Revalidation become obligatory for those with Certification, Chartership or Fellowship. Read all about it and then come back.
I was confused at first skim as to what the point was – obligatory but non compulsory Revalidation would make little difference. The new scheme for Revalidation is in my view a good thing (see We (re)validate for my take) but many have shrugged or not looked too closely expecting something highly onerous / pointless. I didn’t see how the change to obligatory Revalidation would alter this.
But then someone pointed out the inclusion of a public Register of Practitioners. This makes it a useful change.
The Register will give people a way to have the professional body confirm to anyone that they are in membership and actively engaged in CPD. It will definitely encourage people to have a closer look at Revalidation (and hopefully give it a try). It has the knock on effect of stopping people claiming membership levels they do not hold when applying for things.
I have been proposing something like this in all the many CILIP consultations of recent years so it is great to see it potentially coming into place. I would like something that went further – providing an online location for sharing professional roles and activity. Sort of like a LinkedIn profile but without it the spam and being spotted doing “library” good (thanks to the 15 people who have endorsed me for this to date!). But this is would be a great start.
I look forward to the debate!