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Association Office Professionals

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does "AOP" stand for?  

Association of Office Professionals 


2. Who is eligible to join?

USM employees who are Administrative Support Personnel can become Members.
Former USM employees who have retired can become Retired Members
Any person who is interested in advancing the purpose of AOP but not eligible for active or retired membership including supervisors and students can become Associate Members.     

3. What rights and duties do Members have?
Rights- Voting, holding office, and participating in Professional Standards Program
Duties- pay dues

4.  What rights and duties do Retired Members have?
Rights-attend all AOP events and meetings under the same conditions as an AOP member. 
Duties- do not pay dues

5.  What rights and duties do Associate Members have?

Rights- same rights and privileges of active members except that of voting, holding office, and
participating in the Professional Standards Program.
Duties- pay dues 

6. What are the benefits to being a member of AOP? 

USM AOP (Association of Office Professionals) prides itself on being able to provide the following tangible benefits to membership and urge you to consider the value of these benefits when determining whether to become a member of USM's AOP (Association of Office Professionals):

  • Networking
  • Collaboration
  • Servant Leadership
  • Professional Development
  • Local and Campus Civic Engagement
  • Professional Standards Program (PSP) 

7. How do I join AOP?
Please complete this ONLINE MEMBERSHIP FORM and submit your annual dues. Instructions on submitting dues are included with the linked form. 
8. Does it cost to join AOP? 
Currently we have membership dues set for $5.00 annually to help cover the cost of events and affiliation. 

9. What does "PSP" stand for? 

Professional Standards Program

10. What is the Professional Standards Program (PSP)? 
This PSP is a program administered at the national level of our organization. It is designed as a series of 8 graduated steps through which an enrollee can attain 8 certificates. With each certificate, AOP members are granted salary increases for exhibiting the desire to improve personally and professionally as a university office employee. For more information about this program, please click here
11. What does MAEOP stand for? 
MAEOP stands for the Mississippi Association of Educational Office Professionals. It is our state level affiliated organization, and many of our current officers and members are a part of it. To learn more about MAEOP, please check out their website here

12. What does NAEOP stand for? 

NAEOP stands for the National Association of Educational Office Professionals. It is our national level affiliated organization, and many of our current officers and members are a part of it. To learn more about NAEOP, please check out their website at
13.  Are there any free online courses?
Courses must be approved for PSP credit by our national organization, NAEOP.  
Alison-Free online courses for certification from the World's Top Publishers. 
EdX-Access thousands of free online courses from leading institutions worldwide.

Microsoft Weekly Webinars-Every Tuesday, Microsoft offers free webinars on their products including MS Office Suite and Windows 10 OS. 

Microsoft Office 365 Training Center for free- Please see attached document to find out how to access training site.

Coursera-Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take.

Open Education ConsortiumA global network of educational institutions, individuals, and organizations that support an approach to education based on openness, including collaboration, innovation and collective development and use of open educational materials. 

Free-Ed-The original online educator, containing tons of courses stressing lifelong learning. 

Open Education Database-A comprehensive online education directory for both free and for-credit learning options. They offer up-to-date, detailed program information from accredited online colleges for degree seekers and categorize free online college courses from well-known universities and providers. 

Open Culture-The best free cultural & educational media on the web. 

Good Community Foundation - Learn Free. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, offers more than 180 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, 800+ videos, and 55+ interactives and games, completely free.

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14.  Do you have any supplemental materials from previous in-person PSP presentations?
Yes, click the Supplemental Materials link to access those materials. 

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