We’ve defined the areas of knowledge required to drive change, create value and make a positive impact in the world of work. 

Built on the latest research and insights, the core knowledge areas underpin the people profession. They set out everything you need to know to be an effective practitioner, regardless of your role, sector or specialism.

The core knowledge areas

People practice

Understanding the range of people practices needed to be an effective people professional.

Culture and behaviour

Understanding people's behaviour and creating the right organisation culture

Business acumen

Understanding your organisation, the commercial context and the wider world of work

Evidence-based practice

Using evidence and data to create insight, problem solve and develop ideas and measure impact

Technology and people

Understanding the impact of technology on people at work


Understanding how to effectively enable change

The Profession Map

Make the most of the Profession Map

The Profession Map is for everyone in our profession – individuals and teams, members and non-members. Learn more about the Profession Map and how you can use it. 

Explore the Profession Map

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

How to use 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

Profession Map FAQs

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

The Profession Map overview