What is a professional?
Professionals seek a trusted role with consumers and are motivated to improve the professional recognition of their association thereby increasing their member's opportunities.
The professional Standards Council of Australia has a 2-1/2 minute video describing the Benefits of Professions The benefits of professions | Professional Standards Councils (psc.gov.au). It's worth the 2 1/2 minutes.
They also have a nice page with more information on What is a Profession? The academic view | Professional Standards Councils (psc.gov.au)
Benefits of Professional Association
Recognition – consumers see Certified Professionals as someone with expertise who can be trusted to act with competence and integrity.
Professional Development – association sponsored continuing education, seminars and conferences can help a professional continue to grow.
Leadership Development – Leadership in an association can help a person develop the skills necessary to be a leader in their company, industry and community.
Networking – supporting a professional association can put one in contact with prospective customers, vendors, employees and other business resources as well as deepen existing relationships with friends and colleagues.
Information – a trade association can act as a clearing house for information that shared publicly and provide high-value information just to members.
Advocacy – a professional association can speak on behalf of its members and lend credibility to their concerns regarding legislation, regulation and other external standards of performance.
Purchasing - association members can agree to purchase things in quantity in order to negotiate reduced pricing.
What makes a Professional?
A commitment to the interest of clients in particular, and the welfare of society in general.
A systematic body of theory or special knowledge.
A specialized set of professional skills, practices, and performances unique to the profession.
The developed capacity to render judgments with integrity under conditions of ethical uncertainty.
An organized approach to learning from experience, both individually and collectively, and thus of growing new knowledge from the context of practice.
Participation in a professional community responsible for the oversight and monitoring of quality in training and education.
Requirements of a Professional Association