Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa

Registration 101

I want to register

Check your qualifications

I have a NZ qualification:

Bachelor Degree in a library related qualification and a minimum of five year’s work experience in a library and information environment

I have an overseas qualification:

Is it a Bachelor degree or above?

Is it recognised by CILIP, ALIA, ALA or the CLA?


You qualify for professional registration.

Don't worry

You may still qualify for professional registration based on your work experience.

Get in touch with us to discuss your situation

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You qualify for professional registration.

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You can join any of the above listed library associations to be eligible for professional registration.

I qualify for registration - what next?

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  • Route A - Recognised NZ qualification

  • Route B - Recognised overseas qualification

  • Route C - Other

If you've got a recognised NZ qualification and some work experience you're good to go.  Just complete the application form down below.  If you're brand new to the profession you may need mentoring.

LIANZA Mentoring scheme

New professionals, and in some cases those new to the profession in New Zealand, may require mentoring. You will need to prepare a Professional Training Plan (PTP) along with your application documents.

First you have to select a mentor

There is a list on the LIANZA website, or you can contact us if you would like some help in this area.

Secondly you need to complete a PTP

This will help you outline your learning goals for the first year of your career.

You may need to complete the mentoring process - especially if you don't have a lot of experience in BOK 11 (Indigenous Knowledge). Complete the application but don't be surprised if the Board respond by asking you for a PTP.

You're unlikely to need mentoring so for now, just complete the application documents

Complete your PTP

This is a two-part process. Once you've selected a mentor you need to work with them to complete your Professional Training Plan (PTP), this is submitted as part of your application. Part 2 - Once you're registered you need to complete your Portfolio of Learning (PTL).


Submit your application

LIANZA will let you know that they have received your application, so if you don't hear back from them promptly get in touch.

My application checklist:


Download an application formSubmit my application

I need to revalidate

It's time to revalidate

The revalidation process is how you record your professional development and reflections. Please note that the Revalidation Journal Example is from the old format, but the information present is still relevant!

My revalidation checklist

How do I revalidate?Revalidation Journal exampleRevalidation Journal templateSubmit my Revalidation Journal

Case Study - Cath Sheard: Bok-Bok-BOKing In the Garden of Re-registration

I am Professionally Registered, have revalidated once, and am halfway through the second revalidation period. I believe it is important people enjoy the process and not see it as "one more task‟.

When I received my new RLIANZA in 2010 comments from the Board included “Both assessors thoroughly enjoyed your journal” and “Such enthusiasm, desire to learn, share, improve, tailored by an understanding of her personal boundaries – needs bottling and selling!”. This feedback made me think others might benefit from some tips.

My slide show will present information in the following style:

  • Gained your RLIANZA but struggling to complete a re-registration journal? It doesn't have to be that hard.
  • Plan your planting.
  • How is the garden laid out?
  • What to plant?
  • You've prepared the soil, now plant at least once in the next 3 weeks.
  • Early harvest time.
  • Is your garden all fruit and no veges?

Although this is all "common sense‟ I believe some positive reinforcement in a light-hearted style will enable you to take action on a task that many struggle with.

Cath Sheard
South Taranaki LibraryPlus
Patea, New Zealand

Case Study - Nicki Moen: Reflections on the revalidation process

Nicki Moen

Most of us are incredibly busy and we find it difficult to take the time to keep our revalidation journals up to date when we have so many other things to do. My experience was that once I got started the process was actually pretty straight forward and surprisingly quite rewarding. I have promised myself that I will try and exhibit best practice in terms of keeping my log up to date from now on …

Three key things surprised me during the process of completing my first journal:

  1. Once I actually downloaded the journal template, saved it to my file, and added my name, it was much easier to use than I thought it would be. I knew that changes had been made to the template but hadn’t realised what a difference they’d actually made to the usability of the spreadsheet.
  2. As I worked on adding my entries it made me take the time to reflect on my learning in the past few years, what work I’d completed, and what challenges I’d overcome – and that was a valuable part of the process as we are often so busy that we don’t make time for reflection and personal goal setting.
  3. When I received my new certificate and a letter from the chair of the Professional Registration Board I felt far more satisfied than I’d expected. I thought it was simply a formal process – my notes in exchange for an updated certificate. I hadn’t expected that I would receive such a thoughtfully crafted letter that acknowledged my efforts and achievements over the past few years. I valued the response from LIANZA – we get feedback from within the work environment, but to get it from your professional organisation is really nice.

My advice for completing your revalidation journal:

  • I suggest you take time during the day to get your journal started. It’s harder to motivate yourself to work on it after work so at least get it started when you’re fresh and focussed, and then you can finish it in your own time once you’re confident you know how to fill it in. Once you get an understanding of how the workbook is arranged its easy to fill everything in.
  • Download the workbook and the definitions and take time to read the instructions. The requirements are ten entries per year covering the BOKs and domains, so understanding the definitions will help ensure you get a good balance.
  • Save the workbook to your desktop so its right in front of you. Name it, and then play around with it so you can see what happens to the cover sheet as you make your entries in the journal. The pie chart grows and shows you what you’ve covered so far. You can easily see when the proportions are unbalanced.
  • I suggest focussing on one year at a time, and thinking about all of the learning opportunities you had that year. Try and be creative, and initially do a dump of ideas – you can cover things as simple as a conversation with a colleague or something you read – it doesn’t have to be a formal learning course. You’ll end up with far more entries than you need and then later you can delete some and keep others that help you get the right final balance of BOKs and domains.
  • Then, you take your activity and assign it to a BOK and domain. The LIANZA website has some helpful resources for how to do this, as well as example journals for you to work off. A bit of creative license can help you re-work some of your entries to cover a BOK you might not have originally thought it applied to (I had to scratch around for a couple of BOKs, but with a bit of creative interpretation I landed some examples there, and the Registration Board actually praised me for my creativity).
  • We’ve been reminded that it is important to keep the text brief – so I wrote my descriptions as if I was writing on Twitter – with a limited number of characters. The journal process is a great way to reflect on our development as professional librarians, and continue the learning process throughout our careers. It is important to remember that he team at the LIANZA office are always happy to help, as are your colleagues.



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