‘The museum’s governing body must have access to advice and guidance from a museum professional. If the museum does not employ a museum professional, it must have a written agreement between itself and a museum mentor.’ (Accreditation standard, October 2011)

A guide to continuous professional development (CPD) planning for collections management


Continuous Professional Development (CPD) describes an approach to your own learning, which helps you to develop the professional skills and knowledge you need in your working life. This guide outlines CPD planning in the context of collections management skills; however the concepts are equally applicable to other areas of museum work.

Museum mentors


Arts Council England has produced this resource to directly support museums to meet the Accreditation Standard. It is applicable to all independent museums across the UK and provides information and advice about the Museum Mentor scheme.