Professional Qualification and Career Prospects – List of Professional Bodies in Nigeria


Getting practical training with a professional or vocational qualification can fast-track you towards your dream job. Professional training is ideal if you’ve a clear career objective, as they’re geared towards improving your capability to do a particular occupation.

What is a professional qualification?

Professional qualifications focus on developing the skills you need to work in a specific industry or job. Awarded by professional bodies, they generally give you the chance to gain valuable on-the-job experience through vocational training. Many courses follow on from a degree or equivalent qualification; however, such academic experience isn’t always required.

Countless careers demand you possess a professional qualification. For example, it’s impossible to become a qualified barister without taking a Cetificate of Call to Bar – issues by the Nigerian Law School. Alternatively, you may wish to study a professional qualification simply to achieve a higher level of competence in your field and improve your chances of reaching the top.

There are many professional institutions in Nigeria that regulate different professions ranging from accounting to engineering and to marketing. Some of these institutions also administer certification examinations to members depending on their charter. Passing these examinations are seen as symbol of professional accomplishments and lend credence to the competence of the individuals who have passed the examinations. The institutions also set ethical standards and standard of professional conducts for members including benchmarks and best practices. They are quasi regulatory agencies and can administer disciplinary actions for members’ misconducts. The list below represents some but not all such bodies in Nigeria

Nigerian Professional Institutes and their Web addresses
01 Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria
02 Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria
03 Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria
04 Nigeria Institute of Estate Surveyors & Valuers
05 Association of General & Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria
06 Association of National Accountants of Nigeria
07 Business Education Exams Council
08 Centre for Law & Development
09 Certified Pension Institute of Nigeria
10 Chartered Institute of Marketing of Nigeria
11 Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria
12 Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria
13 Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers
14 Institute of Cost Management
15 Medical & Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria
16 Nigeria Bar Association
17 Nigerian Institute of Management
18 Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors
19 Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research
20 Nigerian Institute of Town Planners
21 Nigerian Medical Association
22 Nigerian Society of Engineers
23 Science Teachers Association of Nigeria
24 Strategic Management Centre
25 West African College of Physicians
26 Institute of Directors
27 Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria
28 Outdoor Advertising Association of Nigeria
29 Manufacturers Association of Nigeria
30 The Nigerian Institute of Safety Professionals
31 Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR)
32 Pharmacist Council of Nigeria
33 West African Institute for Financial & Economic Management
34 Financial Institutions Training Centre (FITC)
35 Money Market Association of Nigeria
36 African Institute for Applied Economics
37 Nigeria Computer Society
38 Institute of Credit & Risk Management
39 Portfolio & Debt Management Institute
40 Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria
41 Association of National Accountants of Nigeria
42 Institute of Registered Administrative Managers of Nigeria
43 The Institute of Certified Geographers of Nigeria
44 The Institute of Business Development
45 The Institute of Benefits and Trusts Management
46 The Institute of Pensions Management
47 Chartered Institute of Administration
48 Nigerian Institute of Professional Secretaries
49 Pipeline Professionals’ Association of Nigeria (PLAN)
50 National Teachers’ Institute
51 Nigeria Institute of Public Relations
52 Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria
53 The Institute of Chartered Secretaries of Nigeria
54 Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN)
55 Nigerian Institute of Architects
56 Nigeria Insurers Association
57 Nigerian Institute of Building
58 Nigeria Computer Society
59 Information Technology Association of Nigeria
60 Certified Institute of Warehousing & Materials Management
61 Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Nigeria
62 Certified Pension Institute of Nigeria
63 Money Market Association of Nigeria
64 Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria
65 Institute of Forensic Accountants of Nigeria
66 Chartered Institute of Cost & Management Accountants of Nigeria
67 The Institute of Credit Administration of Nigeria
68 The Institute of Company & Commercial Accountants of Nigeria
69 The Institute of Registered Administrative Managers of Nigeria
70 The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply
71 Institute of Industrial Security & Safety of Nigeria
72 Institute of Public Analysts of Nigeria
73 Institute of Investment Management & Research
74 Nigerian Institute of Safety Professionals (NISP)
75 Institute of Public Management (Unique)
76 Institute of Fraud Examiners
77 Nigerian Institute of Industrial Management
78 Medical & Dental Council of Nigeria
79 Association of West African Professional Economists Bodies
80 Institute of Strategic Management of Nigeria
81 Institute of Professional Recruitment Consultants, IPRC Nigeria
82 Institute of Finance & Control of Nigeria
83 The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport

84 The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Management of Nigeria.


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  1. #1 by UberUmbra on August 29, 2016 - 9:29 PM



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