About NPA: Our Value and History
NPA – Advocate for the International Network Computing
The Network Professional Association (NPA) was founded (1993) to
support the network computing professional and the ideals of an
empowered, continually developing, professionally certified, educated
and experienced IT practitioner. Among the objectives of the Association
are to unite computer industry professionals throughout the world,
to identify and meet the networking and career development needs
of these professionals, and to identify and to meet their education
and training requirements on their path to career growth.
The NPA does this today by sponsoring local chapters for the purpose
of establishing a worldwide network of Chapters; the Awards for
Professionalism to honor individuals for their outstanding achievements
in network computing; the Certified Network Professional (CNP) designation;
the Network Professional Journal (NPJ) an opportunity to publish
for and by NPA professionals; membership classes from Student to
Member to Professional Member to Distinguished Fellow, providing
a single reference base for IT practitioners in their career paths
regardless of their current employer; promotion of industry events
and conferences; and by affinity programs to provide personal goods,
opportunities and discounts to NPA professionals.
An NPA Chapter is an organized meeting group of network computing
professionals. Each chapter draws its members from a defined geographic
area. The NPA chapter provides a local association entity for individuals.
The chapter is a place where individuals are involved in activities
and information exchange with fellow NPA professionals. The NPA
chapter is a catalyst for good business and career leads or contacts,
an inexpensive education program, and a stepping stone from formal
education or a prior career into network computing. The Chapter
fulfills the need for a public volunteer participation program for
many companies. Every chapter has dedicated leaders and involved
NPA members looking to contribute something and to take something
away from having a successful chapter.
The Network Professional Association announced the first Awards
for Professionalism in 2002, to recognize accomplished network professionals
in the industry. The Distinguished Fellows membership class continues
this tradition of recognizing sustained lifelong excellence in the
IT field. For the “Awards for Professionalism,” the
NPA received support from many outstanding partners, Network Computing
Magazine, Network World Magazine, Interop, National Seminars (2003/2004),
Pearson Technology Group, Microsoft (2005/2006), and Novell. Award
recipients are recognized for valuable contributions, their continued
focus on networking and professionalism, and the respect of their
peers. An international industry panel of elite judges is convened
to review award submissions and make recommendations for recognition.
Through an annual mutual relationship with Interop, the NPA enhances
the prestige and visibility of award winners while continuing the
awards as a standard ceremony at this definitive annual networking
event that ranks as the leading conference and education program
for the industry worldwide.
The Certified Network Professional or CNP is the professional international
network designation for Network Information Technology (IT) professionals.
The Network Professional Association introduced the CNP designation
in 1994 providing a demonstrated history of professionalism. The
NPA, through the volunteer efforts of its members, is involved in
initiatives related to setting standards within the IT networking
profession: the professional credentialing/certification of individual
IT practitioners (the CNP) and maintaining the code of ethics and
accountability for the profession. The CNP was updated and re-released
to the community in October 2005. Previously, IT networking practitioners
were without the benefits of such a professional designation where
education, experience and professionalism are married together.
CNP is the designation to be recognized as the seal of approval
for our profession in the same way that the Certified Public Accountant
or CPA is recognized as the seal of approval for accountants. Working
with the world's leading IT professional organizations, the NPA
represents the interests of IT networking practitioners in ongoing
discussions concerning the harmonization of international IT standards.
The Network Professional Journal (NPJ) is a publishing service
to and for network professionals enabling NPA professionals to get
published. NPA members author articles relevant to the industry.
Accepted technical content deals with the advancement of professionalism
for the CNP; philosophical or standards based technical discussion,
or technical reference guides.
The NPA has a history of event promotion for network computing
professionals. NPA members enjoy various discounts on access, exhibition
space and sponsorship packages, and conference passes. A small sampling
of conferences and events include: 1992 Hands on Technology Labs
staged at NetWorld; NPA’s Integrate Conferences 1996-98;--and
since 2002: IT Roadmap; Virtualization Executive Forum; e-Financial
WorldExpo; Government & Health Technologies Forums; NetWorld+Interop;
LinuxWorld Canada; Desktop Summit; Business Information Security;
IT Program Management Office Best Practices; Networking Decisions
Conference; National Cyber Security Awareness Month; INBOX; Enterprise
Messaging Decisions; PlanetStorage; Wireless & Mobile WorldExpo;
Data Protection Summit.
NPA provides tangible benefits to its members through affinity
programs and co-operative programs with other industry groups. Current
opportunities include: Event Discounts; Working Advantage; Health
Card Program; Novell Products Online; Pearson Technology Bookstore;
Credit Card & Training Discounts; Thomson NetG; DCI eUniversity;
Self Test Software; Software / Products; Microsoft Shop; Acordia
Insurance Brokerage Services; Pre-Paid Legal Services; NextDayPC
e-Store; Airborne Express; Alamo Rentals; Hertz Rentals; Wells Fargo
- Education/Training Loans.
In the spring of 1990 following a ...