Professional Designations

Criteria for Awarding Professional Designation

1.  Associate - Senior Office Professionals/Administrators

Ten years work experience as a senior office professional.  This could include accumulation of work experience e.g. part-time and voluntary but work-related - secretary of school board of trustees.

or

Five years work experience as a senior office professional amnd the attainment of paper(s)/unit standard(s), equivalent to at least 20 credits at Level 3 or above, relating to a nationally recognised and relevant qualification (i.e. business administration or management)

and

Five years membership of the Association as at 31 December

and

Taking an active role in the Association by regular participation at Group meetings (over 50% attendance per year for the two years immediately preceding the application). Additional examples of participation:

  • Served a term on a Group Management Team
  • Served a term at National level
  • Attendance at AGMs
  • Attendance at Association conferences

Verification of participation must be provided by local Groups. (Country members i.e. considerable distance from local Groups, will be considered on merit by panel.)

AND

Currently practising as a senior office professional. (An up-to-date certified job description to be supplied.)

 

2. Associate – teachers (trainers, consultants)

Hold an adult education training/teaching certificate/diploma. This may include, but is not limited to the subject areas of business administration, first line management, management, communication skills, business information processing (i.e. word processing, shorthand) or generic computing.

AND

Five years teaching experience and two years practical office experience

or

Two years teaching experience and ten years work experience as a senior office professional

and

Five years membership of the Association as at 31 December.

AND

Taking an active role in the Association with supporting evidence from local Group regarding involvement (i.e. minimum of 50% Group meeting attendance required each year).

AND

Currently teaching office administration or related studies (or providing training in office administration or related studies or providing a consultancy service for office administration or related subjects). An up-to-date certified job description to be supplied.

 

3. Fellow – secretaries (office professionals/administrators/teachers (trainers, consultants)

Members may apply for Fellow status of the Association:

After five years as an Associate member or ten years membership of the Association as at 31 December

AND

Currently practising at a senior level or currently teaching ecretarial or related stidies (or providing training in secretarial or related studies or providing consultant servic on secretarial or related subjects). An up-to-date certificed job description to be supplied.

AND

Taking an active role in the Association with supporting evidence from local Group (where appropriate) regarding involvement (i.e. minimum of 50% Group meeting attendance required each year).

AND

Having attained AAPNZ Certification.

NOTES:

  • Corprate members are not eligible foe awarding of professional designation.
  • The criteria do not include those people who are working part-time, self-employed or working for an agency.