Certification

ALA-APA offers two certification programs, the Certified Public Library Administrator Program and the Library Support Staff Certification Program.

CPLA Logo The Certified Public Library Administrator Program is a voluntary post-MLS certification program for public librarians with three years or more of supervisory experience. CPLA certification will enable public librarians to:

  • Further their professional education and development.
  • Move to a higher level of practical professional experience.
  • Improve career opportunities through professional expertise.
  • Demonstrate to colleagues, trustees and board of directors, patrons and the wider information community that the certified person has acquired a nationally and professionally recognized body of knowledge and expertise in public library administration.
  • Improve the quality of library service through the provision of practical knowledge and skills essential to successful library management.

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The Library Support Staff Certification Program is for Library Support Staff who have a high-school degree or its equivalent and worked (paid or unpaid) in libraries for at least one year and want to:

  • Achieve recognition for your work
  • Enhance your service
  • Increase your skills & knowledge