ALIA Accredited Library and Information Science Courses

Do you want to work in the LIS sector?

This page has links to listings of current librarian, information specialist and library technician courses, accredited and undergoing accreditation by ALIA, and include Diploma, Bachelor, Graduate Diploma and Masters education programs.

ALIA's Course Accreditation process ensures the quality of courses and their relevance to current and emerging library and information practice. All ALIA Accredited courses - Red and Gold - cover the core knowledge, skills and attributes and the foundation knowledge, skills and attributes relevant to Information Professionals working in Archives, Libraries and Records Management required for effective professional practice in the Library and Information sector. Gold level accreditation is an available option for any institution with a preference for a Reaccreditation Panel visit. The option for Gold accreditation is only available for institutions after successfully completing their first accreditation process. More information about accreditation can be found on the library and information science educators page.

If you have completed qualifications and training in library and information science (LIS) overseas or you have completed a non-accredited Australian course, please visit this page for further information on recognition in Australia.

Librarians and information specialists

Eligible for professional (Associate) membership – AALIA

ALIA accredits Bachelor, Graduate Diploma and Masters courses.  These courses meet The Library and Information Sector:  Core Knowledge, Skills and Attributes and the Foundation Knowledge, Skills and Attributes relevant to Information Professionals working in Archives, Libraries and Records Management which have been developed by educators, practitioners and employers and are the basis for accreditation of library and information courses.  Graduates will be able to become ALIA Associate Members and be eligible to commence their certified professional membership after joining the ALIA PD Scheme. 

Librarian and information specialist courses here.

Teacher librarians 

Eligible for professional (Associate) membership – AALIA

You must currently hold formal teaching qualifications to be eligible to enrol in any ALIA-accredited teacher librarian (post-graduate) qualifications. These courses meet The Library and Information Sector:  Core Knowledge, Skills and Attributes and the Foundation Knowledge, Skills and Attributes relevant to Information Professionals working in Archives, Libraries and Records Management and also the Teacher Librarian Policy statements which have been developed by educators, practitioners and employers and are the basis for accreditation of library and information courses.  Graduates will be able to become ALIA Associate Members.

Teacher librarian courses here.

Library technicians

Eligible for professional (Library technician) membership – ALIATec

ALIA accredits courses at the Diploma level for those wishing to work as a library technician. To meet ALIA requirements within the Diploma of Library and Information Services (CUL50111/BSB52115) a student must complete all the core units plus at least 7 elective units from Group A.  These units are listed here. Together these units meet The Library and Information Sector: Core Knowledge, Skills and Attributes and the Foundation Knowledge, Skills and Attributes relevant to Information Professionals working in Archives, Libraries and Records Management which have been developed by educators, practitioners and employers and are the basis for accreditation of library and information courses. Graduates will be able to become ALIA Library Technician Members.

Library technician courses here.

Library assistants

While often desirable, no formal qualification is usually necessary to work as a library assistant. ALIA does not currently include courses aimed at education for this role in our accreditation program. Most of the institutions that offer diploma level education also offer certificate level courses in library and information management, we encourage you to explore those options with your preferred education institution.

Non-Australian qualifications

Overseas qualified individuals can find out more about overseas qualification assessment and professional association reciprocity here.

LIS Education handbook 2016

Your published guide to qualifications and professional development in library and information sciences here. For current information on accredited courses please use the website listing.

Education Advice

For those considering their first library and information management qualification, or who want to check recognition of overseas qualifications:

education@alia.org.au

For those wishing to extend their current library and information management qualifications and training to further, or diversify, their careers:

pd@alia.org.au