Professional association

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A professional association (also called a professional body, professional organization, or professional society) seeks to further a particular profession, the interests of individuals engaged in that profession and the public interest.wikipedia
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List of international professional associations

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Most professional organizations of global scope (see List of international professional associations) are located in the United States.

Professional certification

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Many professional bodies are involved in accrediting degrees, defining and examining the skills and competencies necessary to practice a person, and granting professional certifications to indicate that a person is qualified in the subject area.
They are granted by authorities in the field, such as professional societies and universities, or by private certificate-granting agencies.

Professionalization

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The USA has often led the transformation of various occupations into professions, a process described in the academic literature as professionalization.
Professionalization tends to result in establishing acceptable qualifications, one or more professional associations to recommend best practice and to oversee the conduct of members of the profession, and some degree of demarcation of the qualified from unqualified amateurs (that is, professional certification).

Licensure

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Membership of a professional body, as a legal requirement, can in some professions form the primary formal basis for gaining entry to and setting up practice within the profession; see licensure.
For some occupations and professions, licensing is often granted through a professional body or a licensing board composed of practitioners who oversee the applications for licenses.

Profession

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A professional association (also called a professional body, professional organization, or professional society) seeks to further a particular profession, the interests of individuals engaged in that profession and the public interest.

Bar association

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A bar association is a professional association of lawyers.

Guild

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They were organized in a manner something between a professional association, a trade union, a cartel, and a secret society.

Learned society

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Most learned societies are non-profit organisations, and many are professional associations.

Advocacy

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A professional association (also called a professional body, professional organization, or professional society) seeks to further a particular profession, the interests of individuals engaged in that profession and the public interest.

Public interest

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A professional association (also called a professional body, professional organization, or professional society) seeks to further a particular profession, the interests of individuals engaged in that profession and the public interest.

Nonprofit organization

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In the United States, such an association is typically a nonprofit organization for tax purposes.

Science Council

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In the UK, the Science Council defines a professional body as "an organisation with individual members practicing a profession or occupation in which the organisation maintains an oversight of the knowledge, skills, conduct and practice of that profession or occupation".

Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education

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The Quality Assurance Agency distinguishes between statutory bodies and regulators that "have powers mandated by Parliament to regulate a profession or group of professions and protect the use of professional titles" and professional bodies that "are independent membership organisations that oversee the activities of a particular profession and represent the interests of [their] members" and which "may offer registration or certification of unregulated occupations on a voluntary basis."

United States

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Most professional organizations of global scope (see List of international professional associations) are located in the United States.

Job

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The USA has often led the transformation of various occupations into professions, a process described in the academic literature as professionalization.

Discipline (academia)

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Many professional bodies also act as learned societies for the academic disciplines underlying their professions.

Institution of Mechanical Engineers

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The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) is an independent professional association and learned society headquartered in London, United Kingdom, that represents mechanical engineers and the engineering profession.

List of professional associations in the United Kingdom

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The following is a list of professional bodies in the United Kingdom.

List of engineering societies

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An engineering society is a professional organization for engineers of various disciplines.

American Political Science Association

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The American Political Science Association (APSA) is a professional association of political science students and scholars in the United States.