What are the types of professional associations?

What are the types of professional associations?

This brief article explains the differences between four types of professional organizations: member-benefit professional associations, associations that offer designations, certifying bodies, and professional regulatory bodies.

What are professional associations and what do they do for their members?

A professional association is an organization with members who work in or share an interest in a specific job field or industry. Members of professional associations will often meet regularly to discuss upcoming news in their field or will host events for other members to meet and network.

What are professional associations give two examples?

Accounting professional associations

  • American Accounting Association (AAA)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business (IMA)
  • National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers (NACPB)

Are professional associations worth it?

Professional associations for consultants can help you with networking, finding job postings and gain access to educational resources so they might be worth your time and money. Before you sign the membership papers, check if the association you are interested in.

Which is the largest professional society?


Largest U.S. Professional Associations
Association Members
National Association of Realtors 720,000
American Bar Association 380,000
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 330,000

What are the roles of association?

Associations protect the special needs of particular industry groups – ensuring they are considered and that communications between Government and others is done in a way that can be understood.

What are associations good for?

Most associations offer some tangible benefits—such as products, services, information, and discounts—as well as many intangible benefits, such as networking, a sense of community and common purpose, and even the opportunity to volunteer.

What is a professional society membership?

Professional membership is basically a subscription to a professional organisation. These professional organisations promote quality standards and professional development within the field and offer members activities and services.

What is the largest engineering society in the world?

IEEE – The world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.

How do you list professional memberships on a CV?

Professional Memberships

  1. Include organization name and your title (if something other than “Member”).
  2. If you are not currently a member but still want to put the professional membership on your resume, give the start/end years or list “Former Member.”