International Association of Administrative Professionals

International Association Of Administrative Professionals

International Association of Administrative Professionals

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The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) was formed in Kansas City, Missouri in 1942. At that time, the organization was known as the National Secretaries Association. The name of the organization was changed in 1982 to "Professional Secretaries International" and in 1998 to the "International Association of Administrative Professionals." It is not a trade union for secretaries, but a non-profit, professional networking and educational organization. Currently, there are 600 chapters with 40,000 members and affiliates all over the world.

The purpose of IAAP is to recognize excellence, set standards, and provide educational, networking, and professional development opportunities for those pursuing careers in the office administration field. Membership was initially offered only to those who held the title "secretary" and had worked in the position for a specified number of years, but now its membership includes people with a diversity of office and administrative support job titles, as well as various levels of experience.

IAAP developed a three-part standardized test for office workers called the Certified Professional Secretary Examination (CPS). This test was first administered in 1951. There is also a four-part certification test called the Certified Administrative Professional (CAP). Depending upon an individual's level of higher education, an applicant needs between two and fours years of verifiable working...
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