About NPA: The Organization

About the NPA

The Network Professional Association® (NPA) a Global Organization of IT professionals. Established 1993, the non-profit Network Professional Association is the leading organization for Ethical Network and IT 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 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. Ethics in life and business, career growth, proven experience, validated certification, advanced education, NPA membership are all steps towards achieving the CNP – Certified Network Professional credential which also recognizes excellence in IT.

A member of the NPA believes in the values of this professional association, its focus on the CNP credential and the professional status of ethical network and IT professionals through advocacy. Members receive a certificate of membership, 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 Ethical Network and IT Professional. Information about current activities and benefits may be found by visiting the NPA website –

The Difference
Advocate for the Ethical Network and IT Professional - source of continuous professional development, activities and opportunities to grow and prosper in your career.

The NPA as a Professional Association is more than a user group as we represent and advocate for the Ethical Network and IT Professionals found in government, academia, technology, business, and industry, non-profits, and media. NPA is here to facilitate your career development, and interests while serving the mutual needs of the IT network computing industry at large.

The decades-old NPA sets itself apart by adherence to a Code Of Ethics, self-regulation, and vendor neutrality. The NPA focus is to promote professionalism by supporting and building the ethical individual and our profession.

The NPA is a self-regulating, non-profit professional association composed of Information Technology professionals that sets standards of ethics, technical expertise and professionalism.

The mission of the Network Professional Association is to advance the Networking Industry towards an ethical 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 event, activities, and through industry alliances.
We will identify and meet member needs, including but not limited to leadership and professional development and technical education.

Unite Information Technology 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 promoting ethics for the IT Network and IT Professionals industry.

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

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

NPA was created as an industry initiative by network professionals.

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

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

Position Statement

Why does the industry need a professional association?
The IT Network and IT Professionals industry has changed dramatically in the way individuals implement technology and how society uses technology; therefore, it needs a body of professionals to create the ethics standards, and recognize the skills and knowledge, and acumen required to continually 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 architextures 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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