About the Community Library Training Program

The Community Library Training Program is a web-based distance education program offered by Libraries and Literacy, Ministry of Educaiton in partnership with the BC Library Association. Details (including course offerings) and the online application form are on the official site.


The purpose of the program is to help B.C. public library staff develop the skills they need to serve their communities. The program is also open to British Columbia public library volunteers, board members, and staff or volunteers from BC Aboriginal libraries or other organizations. Others interested in acquiring library skills may contact the program coordinator for information about other programs.

Latest News

  1. Cindy Ralph took over as the Program Coordinator on September 4, 2012. Cindy is a new librarian on the Libraries & Literacy team, and brings with her a lot of enthusiasm about life-long learning. You can learn more about her and the other staff and tutors in the program on the staff bio page.
  2. The Community Library Training Program is currently under review. Libraries & Literacy remains committed to providing training and professional development opportunities for libraries and we are looking to ensure our training efforts remain relevant and useful for BC’s public library staff, volunteers and trustees. We do not yet know exactly what our training program will look like 1-2 years from now. However, we will make every effort to ensure that current CLTP students have the opportunity to complete the program. We encourage returning students to take their desired courses sooner rather than later, as we cannot guarantee the long-term availability of some of our courses. While we do still welcome new students, those wishing to enter CLTP after September 2012 should be aware that placement in all of our courses will first be offered to returning students nearing completion of the program. New students are still welcome to take courses on a one-off basis.