We launched the Profession Map in November 2018, following three years of research and consultation with over 19,000 people. With input from members, partners, employers and academics, it’s a practical, evidence-based benchmark for all people professionals, whatever your role, level, specialism or industry.

Solid in its purpose and values, but designed to evolve, we review the Profession Map twice a year to keep our standards relevant and future-fit. We update our standards in response to new priorities, opportunities, specialisms and roles. All our changes are evidence-based, drawing on our research and feedback from the profession and our expert partners.

Learn about our most recent updates, why we’ve made changes and what they mean for you. 

Latest review

As part of our commitment to keep people professionals future-fit in a fast changing world of work, we review the Profession Map twice a year with the outcomes shared in June and November. Our most recent review of the Profession Map took place in June 2023.  After going through our evidence-based approach to reviewing the Map, there will be no changes for this current review cycle.

See below for the changes we made following our review in November 2022. We’ll share any updates from the next review in November 2023.

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Twice a year we review current research, trends and challenges – within our profession and beyond. We consult with key stakeholders and experts. And we validate review findings across our profession. This evidence-based approach gives you confidence that the Profession Map is relevant to your role now and positioned for emerging priorities and opportunities.

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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. 

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