The Profession Map is the international standard for the people profession. It helps us to make better decisions, act with confidence, drive change in our organisations and progress in our careers. It does this by setting out the purpose, values, core knowledge, behaviours and specialist knowledge that make a positive impact, whatever our career level or specialism.

It can be used by individuals and by teams, members and non-members alike. It works for HR, L&D, OD and all other specialist roles in the people profession. 

The Profession Map prepares us for adapting to different contexts and changes, so that our work is based on solid foundations, even where no obvious solutions, rules or precedents exist. And it is designed to evolve as new roles, specialisms, priorities and opportunities emerge. 

"By adopting the Profession Map we’re building our professional credibility. And we’re demonstrating to the organisation that we’re serious about keeping our professional skills up to date. We’ve used the Map to align teams with their relevant specialist knowledge areas, creating clarity about the expertise we need in every role across every grade. This is helping us build a breadth of talent across the division, conduct career development conversations, explore future moves and highlight the options for our people to build matrix careers."

William Hague, Transformation and HR Director, Financial Conduct Authority


Explore the
Profession Map

Explore the purpose, values, knowledge and behaviours at the heart of our profession

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The Profession Map

How the international standard works for all people professionals

Find your level with the Profession Map

Find your current level of knowledge and experience and the next step in your career

The Profession Map

Discover what great looks like for your people team

The Profession Map FAQs

Check out our FAQs on the Profession Map, membership, and qualifications

Profession Map updates

Why we review our professional standards and what we’ve changed

Terms and conditions

Find out how you can use the Profession Map

Profession Map learning

Develop yourself against the
Profession Map

Discover the learning and support that helps you embed the Profession Map into your day-to-day practice.

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Make your
impact count

Volunteering with us shows you’re living the purpose and values of our profession. And it’s a great way to develop the knowledge and behaviours set out in the Profession Map.

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