Regulators and professional bodies: Prescribed professions

Some professions, called “Prescribed professions” are those where a regulatory body has been established by law to oversee the profession and ensure that practitioners are qualified, competent and meet certain standards. These professions are also subject to specific legal restrictions and requirements, such as mandatory registration with their respective regulatory body, adherence to a code of ethics and conduct, and ongoing professional development requirements.

In the UK the most common of these professions are (NB:This is not an exhaustive list): 


National Farmers’ Union (NFU)

British Institute of Agricultural Consultants (BIAC)

Beauty and Cosmetics

Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT),

 British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC)


British Woodworking Federation (BWF)

Catering and Hospitality

Institute of Hospitality (IOH)

British Institute of Innkeeping (BII)

Cleaning and Facilities Management 

British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc)

Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM)

Construction Trades

Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB),

 Federation of Master Builders (FMB)

Creative Arts and Design

Association of Illustrators (AOI)

British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI)

Customer Service and Retail

Institute of Customer Service (ICS),

National Skills Academy for Retail (NSAR)


Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Event Planning and Management

International Live Events Association (ILEA),

 Meetings Professionals International (MPI)

Fitness and Personal Training

Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

Hairdressing and Barbering

Hair and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA),

 National Hair and Beauty Federation (NHBF)

IT and Technology

British Computer Society (BCS),

 Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Landscaping and Gardening

British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI),

Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)

Marketing and Advertising

Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM),

 Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA)

Photography and Videography

British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP),

 Royal Photographic Society (RPS)

Procurement and Supply Chain Management

Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS),

 Institute of Supply Chain Management (IoSCM)

Real Estate and Property Management

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA)


Security Institute (SyI), International Professional Security Association (IPSA)

Social Care

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

National Skills Academy for Social Care (NSASC)

Sports Coaching and Training

UK Coaching, International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE)

Transport and Logistics

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)

Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS)

Last updated June 2023


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