In the image industry, the leading professionals’ association is AICI.
Whether you are an image consultant, stylist, communications consultant or someone in a related industry, this may be an incredible resource for you. At the moment I serve on the international board and have been a member since 2002. I have personally found that it is invaluable to me due to the education, certification and mentor-ship available. Peers and colleagues from all over the globe have become friends which is a lovely bonus resulting from membership.
We welcome those new to the industry as well as seasoned professionals. New and prospective consultants contact me every month to find out how they can enter and excel in the industry. I suggest starting with the AICI website as it will answer many of your questions.