Should You Join A Professional Organization? If so, which one? - Part 2

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This is Part 2 in our series about the various professional organizations for administrative professionals. Be sure to review Part 1, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7 too.

IAAP – International Association of Administrative Professionals
The IAAP is a not-for-profit professional association for all types of office professionals. It is the world’s largest association for administrative professionals. Their mission is to “enhance the success of career-minded administrative professionals by providing opportunities for growth through education, community building and leadership development” and their core values include integrity, transparency, excellence, and collaboration. The IAAP started as the National Secretaries Association more than 70 years ago. They have over 500 chapters, in addition to members at-large.

The IAAP provides its members with opportunities for networking, Certified Administrative Professional training, testing, and continuing education, as well as discounts on products, services, seminars, and conventions. Members are also subscribed to OfficePro magazine, OfficePro Express, an e-newsletter, and IAAP Connections, the association’s monthly e-newsletter. They offer three options for membership: Annually ($138), Semi-Annually ($72 twice a year), and Quarterly ($38 four times a year). They also offer a Student membership for $50 a year, so it may be beneficial to join before your graduation.

The IAAP offers two major conferences a year, the Educational Forum and Annual Meeting (EFAM) and the Technology Education Conference (TEC). EFAM gathers professionals from around the world to share best practices, participate in hands-on training, and stay up to date on the latest industry trends and tools. TEC provides hand-on career training with a focus on the technology used by administrative professionals every day. This year they have classes on Prezi, Social Media, Microsoft Office, Adobe, Website Maintenance, Ipads, and many other topics.

For more information about the IAAP you can find them at http://www.iaap-hq.org/ or follow them on Twitter @iaap.


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