The debate on professionalism has come along with the establishment of several professional bodies worldwide. Human resource professional organizations vary in size, when they were established and their activities for their members.
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
This is the largest national association by membership. It was started in 1948 and only adopted its current name in 1989. This association has over 250, 000 members and over 200 employees in over 140 countries. This association is devoted to human resource management. It serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession.
The main objectives of this association are to produce resources to the HR community. This association also goes an extra mile to ensure human resource management practices make a difference on organizations. It is also influential in advancing the HR profession. Caldwell (2003) argues that the benefits of joining this association are several for example the association encourages networking among its members by functional area or area of interest, SHRM provides resources, best global practices and a network of valuable contacts to more than 4, 400 members in 140 different countries..