Professional organizations provide workers with more benefits than what school or on-job training could offer. According to a survey in the US alone there are over 90,000 trade and professional organizations. Many people do not know the difference between trade organization and professional organizations. The main difference between the two is that trade organizations draw membership from companies whereas professional organization members are individuals who belong to a specific profession for example lawyers, doctors or architects.
There are countless benefits of being a member of a professional organization. Advantages of professional associations membership include education programs, networking chances, and opportunities for building credibility that is as a result of taking on leadership roles and competing for industry awards.
Access to educational resources is the other benefit that one can get as a member of a professional body. Professional associations pride themselves with extensive data and tools that can be easily found on the organization websites, webinars, and newsletters among others. All the information found on the associations is tailored according to the needs of the members. Professional organizations invest many resources on staff who research the industry requirements. These resources are of great significance for people who are just beginning their career says Reggie Henry of ASAE. Other benefits of belonging to a professional body include advancing industry interests. According to CEO of AIA, Robert Ivy, the American Institute of Architects through its advocacy organization was able to advance its industry interests by influencing the tax legislation.
Selecting an association to belong to some time is a challenge to many. There are many professional associations out there, and one might have difficulties choosing which one is the right one. In the US alone there are more than nine associations for accountants only. It is essential for one to seek advice from colleagues in the profession and consider other factors such as membership cost before deciding on joining an association.
Robert Ivy is one man who understands the tremendous benefits one can get by being a member of a professional organization. Robert Ivy currently serves at the helm of the professional association of architects in the US as CEO and Executive VP. Robert Ivy is an alma mater of Tulane University and Sewanee: The University of the South. Ivy holds a Masters of Architecture.
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