For Immediate Release
Aug. 29, 2012
Ray Weikal, Communications Specialist
International Association of Administrative Professionals
(816) 891-6600 ext: 2222
World’s largest organization of office professionals joins forces office skills testing firm
As part of its ongoing mission to enhance the success of career-minded administrative professionals, the International Association of Administrative Professionals is pleased to announce a new partnership with Office Proficiency and Assessment Certification Office Skills Testing Software, a Biddle Consulting Group product. With this collaboration, IAAP and OPAC are committed to establishing the top professional standards for the modern office and helping career office workers meet those marks.
Almost two decades ago, IAAP developed the OPAC testing program based on our knowledge of office professionals. We later sold it to Biddle and Associates. We kept supporting the program and continue to provide input for professional assessments and development. We have developed a secondary and post-secondary curriculum and advise educators, leaders and organizations on professional standards.
OPAC verifies the skills and proficiencies needed by individuals for entry-level administrative positions, which makes it a natural complement to the programs and services offered by IAAP. Our members can use this partnership to work with secondary and post-secondary institutions to share their expertise and participate in educational advisory groups. We have experienced leaders who are eager to serve as a resource for their younger colleagues. Our partnership with Biddle Consulting Group will help foster those types of professional networks.
It also makes sense that IAAP, the world’s largest and most important organization dedicated to administrative professionals, should work with OPAC, which is used by human resource and hiring professionals across the globe. It’s to everyone’s advantage that new admins are entering the profession with a firm foundation constructed with the help of the organization that has the most experience serving career-minded administrative professionals. This is a true “win-win” partnership that will only improve both organizations and benefit their stakeholders.
IAAP, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., is the world’s leading association for administrative professionals, with over 500 chapters and more than 21,000 members worldwide. IAAP sponsors Administrative Professionals Week®, held the last full week in April and Administrative Professionals Day® on Wednesday of APW. Further information about IAAP is available at www.iaap-hq.org.