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The term 'professional practice' refers to the conduct and work of someone from a particular profession. Practitioners are often professionally-qualified people selling services to clients. This may be, for example, an architect, an engineer, a surveyor and so on. Standards of professional practice may be prescribed by professional bodies such as the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institute of Building, and so on. Codes of Practice (CoP) may provide guidance about how professionals are expected to perform under particular circumstances.
The term ‘practice’ can also refer to a business that provides specific services to clients, such as an architectural practice. The term ‘chartered practice’ is legally protected and designated by professional institutions such as the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). This means that only architectural practices that are accredited by the RIBA can use the label ‘RIBA Chartered Practice’, use the logo, and include or display certification in proposals, bids or offices.
The term ‘practice’ can also be used in the context of ‘best practice’, ‘good practice’, ‘bad practice’, and so on. This refers to the method or technique by which an activity is carried out and relates to certain standards that have been established in terms of quality, ethics, regulations, benchmarking, and so on.
Designing Buildings Wiki has a range of articles relating to ‘practice’, including:
- Collaborative practices.
- Practice management.
- Professional conduct.
- Professional practice.
- The architectural profession.
- Types of construction organisation.
- Types of practice.
- What is a Chartered Practice?
NB: In British English, 'practise' is a verb whilst 'practice' is a noun. In American English, 'practice' a noun and verb.
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