List of British professional bodies

The following is a list of professional bodies in the United Kingdom. Membership of a professional body does not necessarily mean that a person possesses qualifications in the subject area, nor that they are legally able to practice their profession. Many of these bodies also act as learned societies for the academic disciplines underlying their professions.

In cases where membership of or a professional qualification from a chartered professional body is necessary to practice a profession, the EU regulations require that suitably qualified people from other states in the European Union are also allowed to practice in the UK and "vice versa".


The following professional bodies are incorporated under Royal Charter

*Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
*British Computer Society (BCS)
*British Paramedic Association (BPA)
*British Psychological Society (BPS)
*City & Guilds of London Institute (C&G)
*Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
*Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT)
*Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIB)
*Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland (CIOBS)
*Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH)
*Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH)
*Chartered Institute of Journalists
*Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)
*Chartered Institute of Linguists (IoL)
*Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) formerly the Chartered Institute of Transport (CIT)
*Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters (CILA)
*Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
*Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
*Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
*Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
*Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)
*Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS)
*Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT)
*Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)
*Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)
*Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
*Chartered Quality Institute (CQI)
*Chartered Society of Designers (CSD)
*Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
*College of Teachers (COT)
*Energy Institute (EI)
*Engineering Council UK (ECUK)
*Faculty of Actuaries
*Faculty of Advocates
*Geological Society of London
*Institute of Actuaries
*Institute of Biology (IOB)
*Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW)
*Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI) (operates in Northern Ireland)
*Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
*Institute of Chartered Foresters
*Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA)
*Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS)
*Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
*Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
*Institute of Directors (IOD)
*Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
formerly the
**Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) and the
**Institution of Incorporated Engineers (IIE)
*Institution of Environmental Science (IEnv)
*Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM³)
*Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)
*Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
*Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
*Institute of Physics (IoP)
*Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
*Linnean Society of London (LS)
*Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng)
*Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
*Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI)
*Royal Asiatic Society (RAS)
*Royal Astronomical Society (RAS)
*Royal College of Anaesthetists
*Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)
*Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
*Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
*Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
*Royal College of Physicians of London
*Royal College of Psychiatrists
*Royal College of Radiologists
*Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
*Royal Economic Society (RES)
*Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBG)
*Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)
*Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
*Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
*Royal Institute of Public Health (RIPH)
*Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN)
*Royal Meteorological Society (RMS)
*Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB)
*Royal Society of Arts (RSA)
*Royal Society for Asian Affairs (RSAA)
*Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
*Royal Society for the Promotion of Health (RSPH)
*Royal Society of Medicine (RSM)
*Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA)
*Royal Statistical Society (RSS)
*Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
*Society for the Environment SocEnv
*The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)


* Association of Business Executives (ABE)
* Association of International Accountants (AIA)
* Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT)
* Association of Public Analysts (APA)
* Continuity Forum (Business Continuity Management)
* [ Cambridge Academy of Management(CAM)]
* Freshwater Biological Association (FBA)
* Institute of Administrative Management (IAM)
* Institute of Business Administration (IBA)
* Institute of Continuing Professional Development (InstCPD)
* Institute of Exterior Cleaning (IEC)
* Institute of Field Archaeologists (IFA)
* Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) - part of City & Guilds) formerly the
**Institute of Supervision and Management (ISM)
**National Examining Board for Supervisory Management (NEBSM - part of City & Guilds)
* Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX)
* Institute of Professional Window Cleaners (IPWC)
* Institute of Tourist Guiding (ITG)
* Institute of Professional Financial Managers (IPFM)
* Institute of Management Specialists (IMS)
* Institute of Transport Administration (IoTA)
* Institution of Analysts and Programmers (IAP)
* Institution of British Engineers (IBE)
* Northwest Photonics Association (NWPA)
* Orthodontic Technicians Association (OTA)
* Palaeontological Association (PalAss)
* Professional Managers Association(PMA)
* Society of Indexers(SI)
* The Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE)
* The Law Society (LS)
* The Society of Sales and Marketing (SSAM)
* Law Society of Scotland
* The Micropalaeontological Society (TMS)
* The Nautical Institute (NI)
* The Property Consultants Society (PCS)
* The Records Management Society (RMS)
* The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
* The Society of Business Practitioners (SBP)
* The Society of Engineers (SoE) (Merged with IIE 2005)

See also

*Livery Company

External links

* [ List of professional bodies from "Higher Education & Research Opportunities in the United Kingdom"]

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