CMALT FAQs

FAQs for CMALT candidates and assessors                         
These are typical questions that individuals have asked us in the past. If you do not find the answer to your question below, check the Guidelines for CMALT Candidates and Assessors or e-mail your enquiry to cmalt@alt.ac.uk.

What is CMALT?
CMALT stands for Certified Membership of ALT. It is a portfolio-based professional accreditation scheme.

How many people have CMALT?
You can find the list of current CMALT holders here. The current cohort of CMALT candidates includes school teachers, researchers, technical support and teaching staff, administrators, managers, CDP specialists, trainers, students, Further Education practitioners, consultants, lecturers and learning technologists from across the UK and a growing number of countries worldwide.

Can anyone register for CMALT?
Yes, you do not have to already be a member of ALT to do so. CMALT candidates hold a large range of different roles and the scheme is sufficiently flexible to be relevant and rewarding for individuals and groups from across different educational and commercial sectors.

How long will the CMALT scheme take me?
We encourage people to submit within 6 months of registration; 3-4 months is our recommended guideline.

How long is the CMALT registration valid for?
CMALT registration remains valid for two years. After this point you will have to re-register if you wish to submit your portfolio. If there are mitigating circumstances you can get in touch with us at cmalt@alt.ac.uk

How do I submit my portfolio?
You should submit your portfolio using this form: http://go.alt.ac.uk/CMALTsubmit . You will receive a confirmation by email. For further information about assessment timetables and submission deadlines see https://www.alt.ac.uk/certified-membership/submitting-portfolio.

How widely is CMALT recognised by employers?
Individuals who have achieved CMALT have found that this is taken seriously by employers, as it provides evidence that the individual is taking a committed and serious approach to his or her development as a learning technologist. What is notable is that there have been an increasing number of job advertisements that have specifically asked for CMALT in their person specification.

What phraseology should I use on my C.V. when referring to holding CMALT accreditation?
We suggest you say something like this:
"On dd/mm/yyyy I was awarded CMALT, that is, Certified Membership of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT). CMALT is a portfolio-based professional accreditation scheme developed by ALT to enable people whose work involves learning technology to have their professional experience and capabilities assessed by peers. Full details of CMALT can be found at http://www.alt.ac.uk/cmalt.
CMALT holders are entitled to use the post-nominal letter ‘CMALT’.

Why does ALT not use terms like e-learning when describing CMALT?
ALT believes that as e-learning becomes embedded as a normal part of most learners' experience the term will fall into disuse. In contrast we are confident that the term "learning technology" (i.e. the broad range of communication, information and related technologies that can be used to support learning, teaching, and assessment) will remain an acknowledged field of study, research and practice

Do employers typically pay for an individual to register for CMALT?
There is no clear pattern, but employers may pay. Employers who normally pay for the costs of work-related examination fees or staff development more broadly are likely to look favourably on paying for the CMALT certification fee, at least in the first year.
There are also a variety of initiatives which support CMALT candidates. To find more information about current initiatives and eligibility criteria, please go to http://www/alt.ac.uk/cmalt .

Is a a discount offered for group registrations?
Yes. Groups of 5+ candidates receive a discount of 10% per individual registration fee. Groups of 10+ receive a 20% discount.

How much does CMALT registration and Certified Membership cost?
Candidates will pay an initial registration fee (https://www.alt.ac.uk/get-involved/certified-membership/register-cmalt):  this covers registration and the first year of certified membership. Once you are awarded the certificate, certified membership will be added to your account. Each year thereafter the certified membership renewal fee will be payable annually.

Will my certificate ever expire?
Certificates are currently valid for three years, at the end of which you will be required to do a light touch to your existing portfolio. ALT will get in touch regarding this process.

Can I still be involved after I've retired?

Yes. Retired Certified Members will not be required to update their portfolio every 3 years. Retired Certified Members may continue to act as assessors for a period of at least 3 years after retirement.

Does ALT allow exemptions for other qualifications towards CMALT?
Currently ALT does not allow any exemptions towards CMALT. However if you have learning technology related qualifications you are encouraged to make reference to these in your submission, since in most cases these will be relevant to your submission.

Is CMALT internationally recognised?
No. But there is increasing recognition in some parts of the world, especially Australasia.  We would expect that possession of it would nevertheless be of interest to non UK employers

Can someone who obtains CMALT and then goes to work abroad still retain CMALT status?
Yes. Holding CMALT is not dependent to where in the world you are based.  We do have a large number of CMALT holders outside the UK.

How can I find out more?

Any other questions relating to CMALT not answered here?
Please browse the webpages about CMALT, read the CMALT prospectus or send us an email cmalt@alt.ac.uk