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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

Newsweek: Twenty-First Century Professionals

19th Dec 2014

We bring you PARN's Newsweek column every Friday after its publication in print! In the first ever column, PARN CEO Andy Friedman introduces twenty-first...

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Institute of Practitioners in Advertising Join PARN!

19th Dec 2014

We are pleased to welcome the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising to our community of PARN members! The IPA is the professional body for...

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Teachers to Receive Support from New Organisation

15th Dec 2014

The College of Teaching is to be created for teachers in the next two years in England to protect standards and raise the status of the teaching profession. ...

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Chartered Status for the Institute for Archaeologists

11th Dec 2014

Tuesday 9 December 2014 saw the formal launch of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA), a momentous occasion for both the professional body and the...

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Winter Savings: 3-for-2 on all Training Courses!

08th Dec 2014

For a limited time, enjoy 3-for-2 across ALL our courses  The end of the year is nearing and with it those New Year resolutions. What better time than...

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Association for Nutrition Takes Action Against Charlatan Organisation

08th Dec 2014

Association for Nutrition (AfN) has recently succeeded in taking action against two charlatan organisations, Fitness Industry Training and College for...

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