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The International Association of Administrative Professionals
(IAAP) is the world's largest association for administrative support staff, with over 600 chapters and 40,000 members and
affiliates worldwide. For over 60 years, IAAP has provided up-to-date research on office trends, cutting-edge publications,
outstanding seminars and conferences, and top-notch resources to help administrative professionals enhance their skills
and become more effective contributors to their employers.
IAAP Core Purpose:
The core purpose of IAAP is to help administrative professionals develop and fulfill their personal and professional
potential and to ensure recognition of the profession in the workplace.
IAAP Core Values (a set of guiding principles or tenets
that define what the organization stands for):
INTEGRITY -- Trust for each other in all relationships,
including those with other members, staff, employers, vendors, leaders, mentors and sponsors.
ENCOURAGEMENT -- Offer inspiration for administrative
professionals to fulfill their potential and advance their careers.
LEADERSHIP -- Members serve as positive ambassadors and role models for both
the profession and association; leadership development is a key purpose of IAAP.
LOYALTY -- Loyalty to the profession, to employers, and to IAAP is a characteristic
of true professionals and is highly valued in business.
PROFESSIONALISM -- A commitment to excellence, both individually and collectively,
is a hallmark of IAAP.
RELEVANCE -- To assure that IAAP continues to offer worthwhile programs and services
and meet members evolving needs.
PRIDE -- Pride in our chosen career field and membership in IAAP.
CONNECTION -- IAAP offers invaluable opportunities to develop long-term friend-ships,
to share information, and to build camaraderie among professionals.
INDIVIDUAL IMPORTANCE -- Each member is an important individual contributor and
asset to the organization.
IAAP Action Plan #1: Communicate Membership Value --
Objective: Members, potential members and affiliates will be fully informed of programs, services,
leadership opportunities and the value of IAAP membership.
IAAP Action Plan #2: Grow Membership --
Objective: Grow membership of traditional admins and students while increasing diversity and international
IAAP Action Plan #3: Increase Internet and Technology Capabilities
Objective: Expand technological capabilities to deliver more member
services, education and training.
The National Secretaries Association
was founded in 1942, incorporated in Missouri, and became an international organization in 1954 when Canada became the
first country outside the United States to have full representation in NSA. The association later changed its name to
Professional Secretaries International (PSI) and then added a tag line: PSI...the Association for Office Professionals. In
1998 at the International Convention and Education Forum, delegates voted to change the name to the International
Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP).
IAAP consists of six districts: Great Lakes, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest, and Canada. Internationally, there
are association affiliated with IAAP on five continents: North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.
a professional association with the objective of elevating the standards of the administrative profession by providing continuing
education programs. IAAP is a non-profit, non-union, non-partisan, non-sectarian organization whose members shall have the
sole right to govern and control all activities through duly elected officers.
IAAP World Headquarters are located in Kansas City, Missouri.
To be the acknowledged, recognized leader of administrative professionals and to enhance their individual and collective
value, image, competence, and influence.
To provide information, education, and training and to set standards of excellence recognized by the business community
on a global perspective.
To elevate the standards of all administrative professionals and to promote their working relationships with management
through continuing education, authorized programs, and publications.
To inspire and equip all administrative professionals to attain excellence.
CODE OF ETHICS
Realizing that a position of trust imposes ethical obligations upon administrative professionals to act for the benefit
of employers, clients, and the public, members of IAAP hereby establish and promulgate standards of professional conduct and
resolve to be guided by them as embodying the ethical ideals of their profession.
IAAP'S DEFINITION OF ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS
(as amended at 2003 International Convention)
professionals shall be defined as individuals who are responsible for administrative tasks and coordination of information
in support of an office related environment and who are dedicated to furthering their personal and professional growth in
their chosen profession.