Protecting consumers by improving professional standards.

Professions are generally defined by their specialist body of knowledge, common professional culture or norms, ethical standards, independence, and a public recognition of their credibility and expertise. Professionals are governed by ethical codes, and are bound by their commitment to competence, integrity, altruism and the promotion of the public good within their area of expertise. Professionals are accountable to their clients, society, and their professional peers.

There is a substantial body of academic literature that traces the way professions have been defined and evolved over the centuries. The resources provided here give an insight to the different historic, academic and contemporary definitions of professions.