Professional Registration Support Officer - East Midlands

Job Description


Purpose of role: To join an existing postholder in the East Midlands Regional Members Network (RMN) to provide consistent, well-informed training and advice to CILIP members who are working towards Professional Registration (PR) or revalidation.

You should: 

  • Be a member of CILIP who has achieved Certification, Chartership or Fellowship (including the awards in Knowledge Management).

You should ideally:

  • Have some experience of delivering training to others (face-to-face or online).
  • Have some experience of planning and delivering events.
  • Live or work in the relevant Regional Member Network or Devolved Nation.

Key Responsibilities: The CILIP Professional Registration Support Officer (PRSO) is responsible for:

  • Providing consistent and well-informed training and advice to those working towards PR.
  • Training and supporting new PRSOs.
  • Working with the CILIP Sector Development Team and Professional Registration Panel (PRP) to maintain the currency and relevance of learning materials to support PR.
  • Delivering portfolio building sessions in their region for candidates (or providing training and support for other facilitators).
  • Working as part of a national PRSO network, delivering online drop-in surgeries for PR for any candidate seeking guidance from a PRSO, irrespective of region.
  • Attending meetings of their Regional Member Network. 

Time Commitment

  • As a member of your CILIP Regional Members Network the PRSO will be expected to attend relevant meetings and provide written activity reports to the Chair. Travel expenses are met.
  • For regional portfolio building sessions and national online surgeries, the PRSO will be expected to deliver (or support) at least two sessions of each per year, depending on demand. The facilitator should expect to allow half a day for preparation and one day for the training, plus travel time per session if in person.
  • Ad hoc support for candidates by email and telephone is difficult to quantify but usually does not exceed an hour per week.
  • A PRSO will be appointed for two years. At the end of the period a PRSO can, subject to having met the required standards during their period of office, renew or resign their post.
  • PRSOs are expected to meet once a year with their fellow PRSOs to agree and share training materials, preferably tied into a PRP meeting.


  • Work alongside experienced Information Professionals in many different roles from across the region.
  • Provides evidence for Professional Registration criterion 3, and PKSB sections 12.5, 12.6, 8.6 and 8.7, amongst others.
  • Opportunities to attend events and training (development opportunities).
  • Discount on CILIP membership dues for Regional Member Network/DN committee members.
  • Travel expenses.
  • Social opportunities with fellow committee members.
  • Flexible working is welcomed, currently online meetings.


Recruitment process: The Regional Member Network will put out a call for applications via various channels. Applications will be reviewed by the Chair of the RMN in conjunction with the CILIP Workforce Development Manager. It is recommended that each RMN appoints a minimum of 2 PRSOs.


How to apply:

  • Applications to become a PRSO should be sent to the East Midlands Regional Member Network Chair by email –
  • You should provide a personal statement demonstrating your suitability for the role. 


Role of CILIP: CILIP’s Workforce Development Manager provides relevant training support for the PRSOs and maintains the currency and relevance of learning materials to support PR, in collaboration with the PRSOs network. The Vice Chair of the Professional Registration Panel is responsible for communication between the Panel and the PRSOs.

If you would like to learn more about this role, please contact the East Midlands Regional Member Network Chair by email –

If this role isn’t right for you but you would like to join the committee, please get in touch, as we have a number of roles available on the committee.

Applicants are encouraged from all sectors and should ideally work or live in the East Midlands. CILIP is committed to championing diversity, inclusion and representation. We particularly welcome applications from BAME, disabled, LGBTQ+ and male candidates, who have historically been under-represented on our committees.

As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, CILIP Board has set an organisation-wide goal of 20% BAME representation on all of CILIP’s committees by the end of 2022. To facilitate this, we are offering up to 150 complimentary memberships to library and information workers from BAME backgrounds who are duly selected to join a committee before the end of 2022.