ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS WEEK
Since 1952, the International Association of Administrative Professionals has honored office
workers by sponsoring Administrative Professionals Week. Today, it is one of the largest
workplace observances outside of employee birthdays and major holidays.
In the year 2000, IAAP announced a name change for Professional Secretaries Week and
Professional Secretaries Day. The names were changed to Administrative Professionals Week
and Administrative Professionals Day to keep pace with changing job titles and expanding
responsibilities of today’s administrative workforce.
Over the years, Administrative Professionals Week has become one of the largest workplace
observances. The event is celebrated worldwide, bringing together millions of people for
community events, educational seminars and individual corporate activities recognizing support
Today, there are more than 4.1 million secretaries and administrative assistants working in the
United States, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, and 8.9 million people working
in various administrative support roles. More than 475,000 administrative professionals are
employed in Canada. Millions more administrative professionals work in offices all over the
This year Administrative Professionals Week is April 19-25 with Administrative Professionals
Day on Wednesday, April 22.
The Administrative Professionals Week theme for 2009 is Excellence in
Action. Excellence in Action encompasses everything about
administrative professionals and their values. As admins show excellence
in all their work, they fully contribute to the workplace.
There are celebrations and events all over the globe for APW. Find an
event in your local area.
2010: April 18-24
2011: April 24-30
2012: April 22-28
2010: April 21
2011: April 27
2012: April 25