What are the benefits of joining an industry association?

February 20, 2024
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Jaala Alex
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Starting a business can often be a lonely experience. When you start out, you are often on your own, trying to navigate all the different steps required to get your business off the ground. For new business owners, networking and getting support can be hard, so joining an industry association is a great way to build new relationships, expand your knowledge base and create opportunities for growth. But with so many industry associations out there it can be hard to know which ones offer the most value. Here’s a look at some of the best industry associations to join in Australia.

Marketers - Australian Marketing Institute (AMI)

For marketers looking for an edge over their competition, joining the AMI is an obvious choice. Not only does this group provide members with access to exclusive training courses on everything from social media marketing strategies right through to PR tactics, but it also helps them stay up to date on the latest trends and developments in the field. Plus, AMI members have access to a wealth of networking opportunities as well as discounts on conferences and events around Australia. AMI is recognised as one of the best industry associations to become a member of.

Project Managers – Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM)

For consultants working as project managers, the AIPM is a great organisation to become a member of. AIPM aims to promote and advance the practice of project management in Australia. The industry body offers a range of services, including professional development and training programs, certification and accreditation services, and networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities for project management professionals. The group is headquartered in Sydney, Australia, and has branches and chapters throughout the country.

Cafe Owners - Australian Retailers Association (ARA)

ARA is a national body that represents the interests of retailers and retail businesses in Australia. The ARA works to promote and support the retail industry in Australia, and to provide its members with a range of services and benefits, including advocacy, training and development, research and analysis, and networking opportunities. The ARA also serves as a voice for the retail industry in Australia, working to shape public policy and advocate for the interests of retailers at the national and state levels.

Tradies – Master Builders Association (MBA)

The MBA provides a range of professional development and training programs for its members, including workshops, seminars, and online courses. These events are great for members as they encourage networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities. In addition, the MBA offers a range of discounts and special offers to its members, including discounts on insurance, legal services, and other business-related expenses. The MBA is perfect for tradies who are looking to get that extra advantage over their competition.

Engineers – Engineers Australia (EA)

The EA represents the engineering profession in Australia and is responsible for setting and maintaining standards of professional practice. In addition, EA is known for promoting the value of engineering to the wider community. EA offers a range of services and benefits to its members, including professional development and training programs, networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities, and advocacy and representation at the national and state levels. The group also works to promote engineering as a career choice, and to encourage the development of a diverse and skilled engineering workforce in Australia.

Joining industry associations is one of the best ways for business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals in Australia to get ahead of the competition by expanding their network and building meaningful connections within their industries. Whether you’re looking for exclusive training opportunities or want access to industry insights, there’s sure to be something out there that meets your needs.

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