qualifying association

qualifying association

any professional group that has succeeded in establishing a legally protected monopoly of training and access to an occupational area. See PROFESSION.
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The Institute is an example of a qualifying association, established to secure proper standards among specialists (i.e.
If it is not possible for the Institute to continue (credibly) as a qualifying association, it may be some comfort to its supporters to know that there need be no worries about unleashing a generation of incompetents on an unsuspecting world.
The Qualifying Associations: A Study in Professionalization.