Walk through the halls of nearly every Fortune 500 company, and they will be there. Often overlooked and undervalued, their services keep international corporations running smoothly. This vital network of professionals known as administrative assistants is the life-blood of corporate America.
For more than 60 years, the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) has provided a support network of education and encouragement for all administrative professionals. This international group, with more than 40,000 members and associates and close to 600 chapters, is fulfilling its mission of enhancing the individual and collective value, image, competence and influence of its members and industry.
IAAP was founded in 1942 as the National Secretaries Association (NSA) providing professional, networking and educational resources for secretarial professionals. In 1998, the organization’s name was changed to the International Association of Administrative Professionals, allowing the group to broaden its member base to include the wide range of administrative job titles.
IAAP runs on a set of core values – integrity, encouragement, leadership, loyalty, professionalism, relevance, pride, connection and individual importance. It is their goal to instill these values in their members and the businesses where their members work.
Membership in IAAP provides numerous benefits at an economical cost. Members receive information and resources from the International Headquarters, including a subscription to OfficePro magazine and local division newsletters. Local chapters provide educational sessions and networking opportunities. Another benefit of the organization is numerous discounts and access to vital professional information via the IAAP Web site. Membership is open to students, professionals and businesses.
IAAP is committed to setting standards of excellence for administrative professionals in the business community on a global level. Helping to achieve this goal is the IAAP’s Certified Professional Secretary® (CPS®) rating’s exam, which includes finance and business law, office systems, administration and management. The organization also offers an additional advanced certification program, the Certified Administrative Professional® (CAP®) program. The CAP designation builds on the existing CPS rating, but also includes sections on organizational planning.
Each year the organization hosts an annual convention, educational forum and business expo. This year’s event was held in New Orleans and featured dozens of educational workshops, nightly entertainment events, networking and more than 60 booths on the expo floor.
Missouri has 20 IAAP chapters and the organization’s headquarters are in Kansas City. Many chapters host monthly meetings and all encourage their members to take part in other educational opportunities, such as audio conferences, webinars and workshops. To find out more about IAAP or to locate a chapter in your area, visit www.iaap-hq.org.