Benefits of Joining
Joining a C.A.A.P is a win-win situation for Practitioners because while they are networking with professionals, they are being praised for taking the initiative to learn more about their field of interest.
Beyond networking opportunities and learning more about a career field, Practitioners can also benefit from these aspects of C.A.A.Ps:
1. Job opportunities.
C.A.A.Ps often have listservs where employees from companies looking to hire post open jobs or internships. Practitioners may know what they want to do after graduation, but actually finding a job can be difficult. These listservs are a starting point and Practitioners can be confident that these are credible jobs.
Practitioners can attend at a discounted rate and hear from keynote speakers in the industry. When Practitioners go for an interview, they can impress the employer by knowing all the trends in the field that they learned from the conference.
3. Industry standards.
Information will be available about continuing education opportunities and new certifications. C.A.A.Ps often distribute an e-newsletter that keeps Practitioners informed about new statistics and best practices in the field. Webinars can be offered on hot topics as well.
4. Codes of ethics.
If Practitioners haven’t already picked up that credibility and trustworthiness are essential as a practitioner in a field, they will after joining a C.A.A.P. It’s vital to understand these codes in order to know what is considered best practice and what is accepted in the industry.
5. Updates on policies.
It’s amazing how much one piece of legislation can impact a profession. A section of the C.A.A.P is devoted to updating members about these changes. They also advocate for the profession and notify members about how to prepare for any change.