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About NPA: The Organization

About the NPA

Established 1991, the non-profit Network Professional Association® (NPA) is the leading organization for network computing professionals. To be identified as true professionals, the NPA's international membership adheres to a code-of-ethics, continual demonstrated professional development, adherence and knowledge of the latest best practice standards, and strives for continual growth. The NPA also founded the widely acknowledged and the industry’s only international Awards for Professionalism which honors individuals for their outstanding achievements in network computing and meeting the values of professionalism. The impartial strength of the NPA is a result of vendor neutrality and self-regulation.

The CNP is the consummate professional credential of the NPA. Career growth, proven experience, validated certification, advanced education, ethics and NPA membership are all steps towards achieving the CNP – Certified Network Professional credential.

A member of the NPA believes in the values of the professional association, its focus on the CNP credential and the professional status of network professionals through advocacy. Members receive a certificate of membership, quarterly Journal publications, benefits derived through chapters and programs, and opportunities to volunteer, publish and develop. The Association’s focus is to support and promote the role of the network professional. Information about current activities and benefits may be found by visiting the NPA website – www.NPA.org.

The Difference
Advocate for the network computing professional - providing activities and opportunities to grow an prosper in your career.

The decade-old NPA is the non-profit association for professionals in Network Computing. The NPA sets itself apart by adherence to a Code Of Ethics,  self-regulation, vendor neutrality. The NPA focus is to promote professionalism by supporting and building the individual and our profession.

Definition
The NPA is a self-regulating, non-profit association of network computing professionals that sets standards of technical expertise and professionalism.

Mission
The mission of the Network Professional Association is to advance the Networking Industry towards a profession.

Ends Policies
We will grow the membership of the NPA. We will deliver benefits to members, including but not limited to individually and through its various chapters and through industry alliances.

We will identify and meet member needs, including but not limited to leadership and professional development and technical education.

Objectives
Unite network computing professionals in a worldwide association; determine member needs and interests; deliver programs and services to meet those needs and interests.

Strategic Intent
To be the leading professional association of the network computing industry.

Membership
Membership is comprised of network professionals from across the world.

Eligibility

> Professional Member. The professional membership of the Association consists of persons that are in possession of a valid and current certification, advanced diploma or degree, specifically related to the computer networking industry, where the certification requires one or more exams.

> Member. The regular membership of the Association shall consist of persons that are in the process of obtaining a valid certification, specifically related to the computer networking industry, where the certification requires one or more exams. Employment in the network industry and two years of specific network industry experience will be accepted as a substitution.

> Student Members. Student members of the Association shall consist of persons that are currently enrolled in an accredited educational institution or technical, private school and will not hold a network computer industry certification.

> Executive Member. Designed for the corporate business.

Governance
The NPA is governed and directed by a Board of Directors elected by NPA members.

Creation
NPA was created as an industry initiative by network professionals.

Sponsorship
For information on the NPA Partnership Program, contact the NPA business office.

Infrastructure
The NPA is a volunteer organization composed of a virtual community of members worldwide. Members participate in the various boards, local chapters, committees, and councils.


Position Statement

Why does the industry need a professional association?
The network computing industry has changed dramatically in the way individuals implement technology; therefore, it needs a body of professionals to create the standard skills, knowledge, and ethics required to continue to advance the networked computing paradigm.

Now emerging from its relative infancy, the computer industry has matured to the point of consolidating around standards. Events far beyond the industry itself are accelerating this recognition. The business environment demands powerful, flexible, network based architectures that can only be achieved through standards.
Don Tapscott, Paradigm Shift: The New Promise of Information Technology

What defines a professional association?

A professional association is an organization consisting of mission, objectives, structures, and processes centered around the education and development of a voluntary membership situated in the intersecting contexts of specific fields of knowledge and practices, clientele, and values.

As knowledge providers, professional associations are socialization agents that create opportunities for member development both formally and informally. Examples of formal development include conferences, workshops, and seminars, while informal learning takes place through such activities as mentorships, networks, and committee participation. A. Carol Rusaw, Learning by Association, HRD Quarterly, Summer 1995

What defines a professional?

A professional is a person who, by education, training, and experience, performs work, analyzes and solves problems, makes decisions, and promotes ethics associated with a particular field of study. A. Carol Rusaw, Learning by Association, HRD Quarterly, Summer 1995

The following social and behavioral studies criteria define professional (E.H. Schein):

  • Full time occupation
  • Specialized body of knowledge and skills acquired over a period of education and training
  • Decisions made on behalf of the client from universal principles or standards
  • Service orientation on behalf of clients
  • Professional service based on objective needs of the client independent of particular sentiments
  • Professional assumed to know what is good for the client better than the client
  • Professionals form organizations that define criteria for admission, educational standards, licensing, or other formal entry mechanisms

 

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