Overseas qualification recognition and widened eligibility

Professional Assessment and Recognition

If you have completed qualifications and training in library and information management overseas and wish to work in the sector in Australia, or you have completed a non-accredited Australian course there are a number of ways you may have your qualifications and experience assessed against Australian professional standards.

In Australia, library and information work is usually divided in to three levels: librarians (and information specialists), library technicians and library assistants. These work levels are associated with certain qualifications and roles and duties. ALIA can give recognition of overseas qualifications against these professional levels.

For more information about the roles broadly see this page and for formal work level guidelines please check this document. For more information about the current recognised qualifications for each level in Australia please see our accredited courses page, here

Librarians and information specialists, and library technicians may be recognised through professional membership at ALIA. 

1. International professional reciprocal recognition

ALIA currently has reciprocal recognition agreements with the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (UK), American Library Association (ALA) and the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa .

UK - Chartered Insititute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)

The agreement between CILIP and ALIA enable holders of ALIA-recognised qualifications at graduate level to seek Charter membership of CILIP. Holders of graduate level qualifications accredited by CILIP are eligible for ALIA Associate (librarian) membership and would therefore satisfy eligibility requirements to apply for many positions advertised at librarian level in Australia.

USA / Canada - American Library Association (ALA) / Canadian Library Association (CLA)

The American Library Association and the Canadian Library Association accept an ALIA-recognised master-level degree in library and information management as equivalent to an ALA accredited master qualification. Holders of graduate level qualifications accredited by ALA are eligible for ALIA Associate (librarian) membership and would therefore satisfy eligibility requirements to apply for many positions advertised at librarian level in Australia.

New Zealand- Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA)

ALIA and LIANZA have negotiated an MOU that provides for membership reciprocity between the professional category of ALIA Associate Certified Professional AALIA (CP) and the Professional Registered Member category of LIANZA (RLIANZA). For more details please email pd@alia.org.au

2. Overseas qualification assessment service

If you are not a member of CILIP, ALA or CLA (as above), in many cases to be eligible to work in the library and information sector in Australia you will need to have your overseas library and information management qualifications assessed in detail by ALIA (against our accredited course standards).

For this to take place you must complete a number of steps:

  • Have completed and received a general assessment of your qualification from either

NOOSR (if an Australian resident) 
www.aei.gov.au/Services-And-Resources/Services/Assessment-of-Overseas-Qualifications/Our-Assessments/Pages/default.aspx

or

VETASSESS (if not an Australian resident) 
www.vetassess.com.au/

  • Join as a member of ALIA (general member (full-fee or reduced fee category)), please see the member categories and fees page for details and cost
  • Then submit a completed ALIA overseas qualification assessment application form (including the results of the general assessment) and a service fee of $360AUD to membership@alia.org.au

NB - the assessment process may take up to 16-20 weeks


All sections and required documentation must be completed and payment submitted before the application can be processed.

Download a copy of the ALIA Overseas Assessment form hereTo receive a copy of the overseas application form in the mail please email membership@alia.org.au. Please include your name, postal address, contact phone numbers and country of qualification in the email correspondence.

Once the assessment has been sucessfully completed, you may upgrade to a professional level membership of ALIA if you choose.

 

3. Widened eligibility (Australian qualifications)

If you have completed an Australian qualification not recognised by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) for professional eligibility, you can still be assessed for eligibility for either Associate (Librarian/Information Manager) or Library Technician professional level membership of the Association through the Association's widened eligibility process.

Assessment is on an individual basis. The assessment considers your qualifications, knowledge of library and information services, relevant employment hsitory and continuing education.

  • Join as a member of ALIA (general member (full-fee or reduced fee category)) please see the member categories and fees page for details and cost
  • Then submit a completed ALIA widened eligibility assessment application form (including evidence of experience and qualifications) and a service fee of $360AUD to membership@alia.org.au

Download a copy of the ALIA Widened Eligibility form here.

All sections and required documentation must be completed and payment submitted before the application can be processed. To receive a copy of the widened eligibility application form in the mail please email membership@alia.org.au. Please include your name, postal address, contact phone numbers and details of any qualifications in the email correspondence.

 

More information and assistance

Please contact our membership team on 1800 020 071 or membership@alia.org.au

or

the ALIA Education Manager at education@alia.org.au