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Education & Training

Education and Training

An important part of becoming a certified Qualified Patent Information Professional (QPIP) is your education and training. In order to support the required skills and knowledge required by QPIPs we have compiled some useful resources.

The Education & Training paper provides an insight into the required skills and knowledge for QPIPs, with suggestions for education and training. In addition to acting as a reference tool for candidates preparing for certification as patent information professionals, it may also prove useful to other patent information practitioners who require specific guidance as part of their continued professional development. Within the paper you will find the syllabus (listing of skills and knowledge required to prepare for the QPIP examinations) defined within two Schedules:

  • Schedule I: Search Skills Syllabus
  • Schedule II: Patent Law and Analysis Skills Syllabus

All courses should contain content that addresses the knowledge and skills of Schedule I and/or Schedule II. In addition, the use of the course level proficiency metric beginner / intermediate / advanced is intended to denote the following:

  • Beginner course refers to knowledge that the participant should already have acquired in the execution of their professional work/activities.
  • Intermediate level is what is required to prepare for the exam.
  • Advanced is the level required to pass the exams.

The Accreditation Committee is in the process of compiling a list of available training that is suitable to help you prepare for the examination or to contribute to your continued professional education. The Accreditation Course List, which can be downloaded below, provides an overview of educational events known to the committee. The list is by no means complete, or comprehensive, which is why the Accreditation Committee is requesting your input. If you know, or have attended, any suitable training event not yet listed, please fill in the Accreditation Course List Proposal Form and send it to at your earliest convenience.


  • Accreditation status is currently ‘pending’ for all listed courses.
  • The list simply provides an overview rather than any recommendations.
  • QPIPs who have attended a suitable event in recent years, and are willing to share their experience, are invited to complete the Accreditation Course Evaluation Form and return it to the Accreditations Committee at at their earliest convenience. Thank you.
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