If we consider the example of the British Computer Society (BCS) we’ll discover that recognition equates to permission to use such things as the BCS logo on correspondence and permission to include post-nominal letters (relating to the BCS) after our names, among other things.
If we boil this down, essentially what we obtain from recognition is a marketable identity, that is, the member can use these permissions to market themselves, and an ‘image’ not dissimilar from what in another realm might be called a ‘corporate image’.
In essence, the member is able to market themselves as a product that employers or main contractors can easily and quickly relate to and make certain assumptions about their skills, knowledge and professionalism from.
The use of the word “assumptions” in the previous paragraph is important and underpins probably the single most important aspect of registration with any PB, in relation to obtaining employment, as it enables and potential employer to judge, within reason, the professional’s potential skill and knowledge level simply due to their membership of the PB.
Being a member of a PB is a bit like having passed Higher English at school; that is, if an individual wanted to employ someone to write a biography about themselves on their behalf and they were faced with two people that were identical in every way with the exception that one had an A in Higher English and one had a C in Higher English then they, the individual, would have to ask which one of the two people they would choose; obviously, unless the individual was just odd or in favour of the underdog, they would choose the one that on paper exhibits the recognition that they seek, as the A rather than the C implies a greater level of knowledge and ability.
PB membership is no different – in this biography scenario someone can be selected, with greater certainty, on the assumption that they possess certain knowledge and skill such as spelling, grammar and comprehension of layout without having to directly check these skills, again, due to their membership with whatever the relevant PB might be.
To an employer considering a potential employee this is what PBs provide; if the professional is admitted as a member they, the PB, are endorsing the professional’s skills and knowledge; therefore, any employer or contractor can then employ the member without having to directly test certain elements that they consider important as the professional’s very membership to the desired PB implies that these skills and knowledge have already been established.
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