About CPLA

About the Certified Public Library Administrator Program

The Certified Public Library Administrator program is a voluntary post-MLS certification program for public librarians with three years or more of supervisory experience.

The Process

**As of January 1st, 2015, there will be a change in cost for the submission of Course Completion Forms as well as the Final Review submission. Course Completion Forms will be $60.00 per submission for ALA members, $75.00 per submission for non-members. Final Reviews will be $75.00 per submission. If you can any questions about this change, please contact Kimberly Redd at klredd@ala.org.

Candidates complete seven courses – four core and three electives of their choice.

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.

Focus: The Point of CPLA, an article by CPLA graduate Ceci Marlow