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We are the organisation for the professional body sector

The Professional Associations Research Network is a non-profit membership organisation for professional bodies, offering expertise, experience and perspective on key issues in the sector through research, consultancy, networking, events and training.

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  • "Relevant to all professional bodies."

    Rob Strange about our research on governance
    Chief Executive
    Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
  • "Interesting, relevant and practical."

    Kate Jackson about a PARN conference
    CPD Programme Manager
    Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • "Useful research which should
    influence strategy."

    Lynn Rawlinson about our CPD research
    Executive Secretary
    Association of University Administrators
  • "Essential networking opportunity."

    Margaret Harris about a PARN conference
    Policy and Information Officer
    Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Upcoming Events

We run research based events for staff and volunteers of professional bodies in order to share our findings and good practice among the sector.

PARN holds a conference each Spring and Autumn at Woburn House in London.

Don't forget - all PARN Members are entitled to one free place at either a Conference OR on a Training Course during their membership year!

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Training Courses

All of our one-day Training Courses include presentations, workshops, group work and case studies.

Our courses help participants to better understand key areas of the sector, benchmark and learn from other professional bodies’ best practice and get an overview of the bigger picture of working for a professional body.



We regularly publish our latest research findings in order to promote good practice among professional bodies.

Our books aim to help professional bodies to learn from others in the sector by sharing useful advice, key trends, and case studies.

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Latest News

ACT Launches New CPD Scheme

18th Jul 2014

  The Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) launched its new CPD scheme in early 2013, moving to a compulsory output based system, all Associate...

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Association of BC Forest Professionals Joins PARN

16th Jul 2014

  We'd like to welcome the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) as a new member of PARN!   About ABCFP ...

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New Events & Admin Assistant - Perry Atkinson

30th Jun 2014

Perry joined PARN in June 2014 as our Events & Administration Assistant. Perry manages various aspects of administration within PARN and also looks...

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Climate Scientists Need a Professional Body

26th Jun 2014

Climate scientists need to establish a professional body to help define their roles, values and practices to satisfy society's needs, and to provide...

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The Rise of Chartership

24th Jun 2014

The rate of professional bodies achieving Chartered status has risen markedly since 2000, particularly in the UK and Commonwealth countries where the Chartered...

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Reaccreditation for Teachers in Scotland

23rd Jun 2014

The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) have been tasked by the Scottish Government with introducing a scheme of reaccreditation for teachers called...

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