Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
Te Rau Herenga O Aotearoa

Professional Registration - Everything you need to know

What is it?

The Professional Registration scheme was introduced by LIANZA in 2007, in order to increase the standing of the Library and Information profession in New Zealand, recognise professional excellence and continuing professional development, and provide a mechanism by which employers can coach and develop their professional staff.

The scheme also provides an assurance for future employers, both in New Zealand and overseas, that the registrant meets professional standards of competency in the body of knowledge and ethics required for library and information work.

Why should I register?

Register to prove to yourself that you're a professional who deserves respect. 

A few benefits of being professionally registered are: 

  •  Highlighting to potential and current employers your commitment to development, both personal and professional
  • An assurance that you meet professional standards of competency for the sector-many employers value Professional Registration 
  • International benchmarking and recognition of your qualifications overseas
  • The ability to use 'RLIANZA' postnominals
  • The ability to become an Associate of LIANZA, which further recognises acheivement within the profession

Who is eligible?

To be eligible you must meet the following requirements:

  •  Have shown a theoretical understanding of the body of knowledge through achievement of a recognised qualification at graduate level or higher
  •  Be able to practically apply the body of knowledge in a library and information environment
  •  Be an individual member of one of the following professional library and information management associations
    • Te Rau Herenga o Aotearoa (LIANZA)
    • School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (SLANZA)
    • Te Rōpū Whakahau
    • New Zealand Law Librarians’ Association (NZLLA)
    • International Association of Music Librarians (IAML(NZ))
    • Australian NZ Theological Library Association (ANZTLA)

But what is a recognised qualification?

There are three modes of entry into the scheme depending on the qualification that you hold.

 Route A – A recognised New Zealand Library and Information qualification

This is one of the following:

  • Master of Information Studies (MIS) with the Libraries Specialisation (LIBS) - Victoria University of Wellington
  • Bachelor of Applied Science with Information and Library Studies (ILS) major – Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
  • Bachelor of Arts with ILS major or double major with ILS / Humanities or ILS / Communication – Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

Route B – A recognised Overseas Library and Information qualification

LIANZA recognises overseas qualifications at bachelors or above as recognised by these associations:

  • Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals in the United Kingdom (CILIP)
  • Australian Library & Information Association (ALIA)
  • American Library Association (ALA)
  • Canadian Library Association (CLA)

Other overseas library and information management qualifications may be approved by the PR Board where they can be mapped against the body of knowledge and are accompanied by a NZQA International Qualifications assessment demonstrating that the qualification is at graduate level or above

Route C – Other Circumstances

In the following situations applicants may be accepted, however, they must be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the Body of Knowledge 

  • Where an individual has a NZ library and information qualification pre-dating 2007 and can demonstrate 5 or more years of experience in the profession through mapping this against the 11 areas of the Body of Knowledge
  • Where an individual has a library and information related qualification at a minimum of Bachelor’s level such as Information Technology, Information Studies, Archives, Records Management, Education or Maori Information management and can demonstrate an understanding of the body of knowledge through mapping their experience against the 11 areas of the Body of Knowledge

In the case of Route C it doesn't matter whether your qualification was obtained in New Zealand or in another country.  What is key is your ability to effectively map your education and experience against the Body of Knowledge.

How much does it cost? 

The initial application fee is $57.50 which should be included in your application. Following the approval of your registration by the Board, you will then by invoices $115 annually. Keep in mind that this payment will coincide with your LIANZA membership invoice. We have a range of different payment options available, including paying in installments. 

How do I register?

To register you need to complete the attached application form   and include a copy of your CV, confirmation of your association membership, and the mapping of your work experience and learning against the Body of Knowledge.  More information on mapping can be found here.

Your application will be reviewed by the Professional Registration Board and you will be notifed about your acceptance into the scheme by the LIANZA office.   If your knowledge appears light in any areas then the Board may request that you complete training in a specific area or that you do a period of mentoring.  

I'm not sure if my qualification meets the guidelines.

If you're not sure if your qualification will be accepted by the PR Board then please email the office ( including a copy of your CV.   The office will forward this to the PR Board chair who will be able to advise if your qualification and experience are likely to meet requirements.   Please note that this does not guarantee entry to the scheme as this relies on the quality of your BOK mapping.

I want more information about mapping my qualifications.

When we ask you to map your career against the Body of Knowledge, the PR Board is looking for you to go through you study, career, and other experience, and find relevant examples that demonstrate your understanding of each area of the Body of Knowledge. Generally we expect a maximum of 250 words against each BOK.  You can find an example of mapping at the bottom of this page:

What about Revalidation?

Revalidation is the process of demonstrating that you have been actively participating in professional development activities.  These can be anything from reading an article about a relevant topic to attending a conference. Every three years you are required to complete a journal and submit this to the Professional Registration Board for approval.  

The revalidation journal template can be found here and a lot more information on how to revalidate can be found here:

I still have questions about Registration.

Not a problem - we love to answer questions.  Everyone in the office is able to explain the basics of professional registration so give us a call on 04 801 5542 or drop us a line at   If we don't know the answer we'll connect you with a board member.   We're also going to work on developing a list of FAQ's.

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