Joining a professional body

What is a professional body?

A professional body is an organisation that helps individuals or businesses develop their skills in a particular industry or profession. Individuals or businesses can choose to become a member of a membership body to benefit from specialised training programmes, the opportunity for networking and mentoring opportunities, or industry news.  There are many professional bodies each with its own focus, for example one professional body could specialise in the pub and bar industry, while another could be exclusively for housekeepers.

What can they do for you?

Joining a professional body can do wonders for your career and opens up a world of opportunities. Here are some of the things you could benefit from:

  • Discounted training programmes
  • The chance to enter competitions
  • Mentoring from experienced professionals
  • Invites to exclusive events
  • Networking with peers in your industry
  • Take part in a Continuing Professional Development Scheme (CPD) a career-long framework of learning, development and support
  • Access to exclusive online learning libraries

And much, much more!

How can a professional body help you and your career?

As you can see, the benefits of joining a professional body is the support you gain from the people around you. As you’re surrounded by people of the same profession, you can swap advice and gain some career knowledge. Networking is crucial in any career and joining a professional body can give you the kick-start you need to meet others in your industry.

Most professional bodies have training and development schemes so you can learn essential career skills. If you take advantage of these, you can gain the extra knowledge to progress in no time. If you really want to stand out, many professional bodies have competitions open to members. The winners gain recognition within their sector and often get life changing prizes.

Each professional body offers its own unique benefits of being a member, so you should do your research before joining to get the best out of your membership!

Which professional bodies and associations are part of the Hospitality Guild?

For a full list of the industry bodies that make up the Hospitality Guild, please see our list of partners.