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Hints for a Successful Academy Portfolio

Pre-Application Hints

  • Review the requirements for your membership level at least once per year.
  • If you are applying at the senior or distinguished level, review the professional association/MLA point requirements. If you do not have these points, make plans to earn them.
  • As you earn points, place electronic copies of the documentation into your "Certification/AHIP Portfolio" area.

Application Hints 

  • Use the most current application forms 
  • Download and complete the writeable PDF forms or Word documents. MLA will only accept electronic submissions, via a member's "Certification/AHIP Portfolio" area or via email (for nonmembers only).
  • Read instructions carefully, especially the requirements for point distributions for the level at which you are applying.
  • Make sure the activities you are documenting have occurred (or were completed) in the five years covered by the portfolio.
  • Make sure you upload to your "Certification/AHIP Portfolio" area the appropriate supporting documentation.
  • Please make sure your name is on each supporting document. Highlight your name on pages from programs and officer or committee lists.
  • Document a few more points than necessary. If there is a problem with some of the points you've claimed, you'll have extra points as a cushion.


If you have questions, please contact Tomi Gunn, in the MLA membership services department.