Do you know how to list your designatory letters?
Do you know how to list your impressive designatory letters, of which the CTA is one? According to Debrett's, the modern authority on all matters of etiquette, there is a preferred way:
1. The abbreviations 'Bt.' or 'Bart.' and 'Esq.' as appropriate.
2. Orders and Decorations conferred by the Crown (OBE, MBE, etc)
3. Various appointments such as Privy Counsellor or Honorary Surgeon to the Queen
4. QC and JP
5. University degrees
6a. Religious orders
6b. Medical qualifications
7a. Fellowships of Learned Societies
7b. Royal Academicians and Associates
7c. Fellowships and Memberships of professional bodies
7d. Writers to the Signet
9. Armed forces membership - e.g. RN
You should always separate your designatory letters by these groups. When listing your membership of professional bodies, an order that reflects their importance to your profession is most acceptable and therefore membership of a Chartered body should take precedence.
Helen Burgess, Membership Manager