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Definition: Professionalization is the social process by which any trade or occupation transforms itself into a true profession. This process tends to involve establishing acceptable qualifications, a professional body or association to oversee the conduct of members of the profession, and some degree of demarcation of the qualified from unqualified amateurs. The professionalization process tends to establish the group norms of conduct and qualification of members of a profession and tends also to insist that members of the profession abide with the established procedures and any agreed code of conduct.

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