Creative Industries Qualification launched

18 January 2014

Society news

Media Release: The Royal Photographic Society launches Creative Industries Qualification

Bath, UK,  2 January 2014 -- The Royal Photographic Society has launched a new qualification designed to recognised those working with photography but not as photographers. The Creative Industries Qualification (CIQ) will be of interest and help to those using photography and working with photographers, for example, as picture editors, picture librarians and exhibition curators, who are looking for formal recognition of their skills.

There is no recognition from formal academic institutions of the skills and experience individuals working with photography acquire. The CIQ will recognise skills and expertise and will help those holding it secure employment in today’s challenging working environment.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate, at an appropriate level, and as required by their particular professional circumstances, an ability to undertake a programme of work, write reports and papers, work within a team and to produce successful outcomes. All work is rigorously assessed by professionals working within photography.  Successful applicants will be able to use the letters after their name.

Each of the four stages also carries with it a Society distinction.

Stage 1: (QICI & LRPS) Qualified in Imaging in the Creative Industries & Licentiate: for those with academic qualifications below degree level.

Stage 2: (GICI & ARPS) Graduate in Imaging in the Creative Industries & Associate: for those with a first degree.

Stage 3: (AICI & ARPS) Accredited in Imaging in the Creative Industries & Associate: for those with postgraduate experience in the creative industries.

Stage 4: (ASICI & FRPS) Accredited Senior in Imaging in the Creative Industries & Fellow: the senior professional qualification.

Dr Mike Hallett FRPS, the chair of The Society’s Education working group that developed the CIQ commented: “There is a need within the creative industries to recognise the significant skills and experience that hundreds of people working with photography and photographs develop as part of their jobs. The CIQ will help employers recognise the skill level that an individual has reached. For the holder of the CIQ it will be a useful tool when they negotiate salary increments. In a challenging work environment a rigorously assessed qualification will support the holder and will set them apart from their peers when they change jobs.”

The CIQ parallels The Society’s Imaging Scientist Qualification which recognises the work of photographic scientists and those using photographic with science, medicine and industry.

For further information about the CIQ please visit the RPS website:  or contact: Dr Michael Pritchard, Director-General, on +44 (0)1225 325730 or e:

The Royal Photographic Society is an educational charity (no. 1107831) based in Bath which exists to promote the art and science of photography and to support photographers and to help them improve their skills.