When you join Business Professionals of America you make friends, explore new interests, are exposed to real-world experiences, and learn skills that will help you succeed wherever you go. Not to mention, it’s a good thing to put on your resume as it can give you the edge when applying for jobs right out of college. With tens-of-thousands of members located across the country and U.S. territories, you join a powerful network that offers life-long opportunities to members.
Learn. Earn. Return. Every alumni network is different, but a good alumni network brings significant benefit to both the members and the organization they represent. As alumni of Business Professionals of America, our members are part of a strong network that together, can do anything.
This is your opportunity to be inspiring! Business Professionals of America is continuously exploring opportunities to align with businesses and organizations that share similar motivation and commitment to student advancement and educational enrichment. Sponsorship to our organization helps sustain cultures of educational advancement and gives our next generation of business professionals the motivation they need to pursue promising careers.
Partners of Business Professionals of America are more than just financial contributors. They help our organization give purpose to potential through ideas, volunteer power, in-kind support and much more while helping our students unlock their full potential.
Business Professionals of America strives to offer a variety of programs, events and conferences that develop emerging leaders through learning, professional growth and service.
Find out what’s happening at BPA! Access our 12-month calendar and browse by month to learn more about upcoming programs, events, webinars and meetings to stay up-to-date and encounter something new.
(Pictured above: Students from our BPA Career Tech High in Alaska)
Throughout the fall, winter and early spring, Business Professionals of America regions and State Associations hold conferences for leadership development, competitions, awards, elections and more.
A culmination of work and accomplishment through the year, the National Leadership Conference (NLC) brings together a diverse group of the best and brightest from across the country to compete in demonstrations of their business and technological acumen, develop their professional and leadership skills, network with professionals and each other from across the nation, and get involved with the betterment of their community through volunteer service projects.
Advisors play important role in the lives of BPA students. It is through the support, dedication and guidance of BPA advisors that students become successful in education and careers.
(Pictured above: Our BPA Chapter in Alaska)
Business Professionals of America chapters excite students and get them plugged into an experience-based, co-curricular program. Take the first step to introducing your students to BPA by starting a new local chapter.
Welcome to the BPA Advisor Resource Center, your location for information to help promote Business Professionals of America. Here you will find information and downloads for membership deadlines and registration information, marketing flyers, promotional posters, and much more.
(Pictured above: Indiana BPA student members attending SLC)
With more than 45,000 members located in 25 states and Puerto Rico, Business Professionals of America serves a broad spectrum of students, advisors and graduated professionals at varying ages and skill levels.
The BPA Torch Awards Program frames and guides an individual BPA member’s leadership and service to their chapter and community. This program recognizes outstanding, actively involved student members on the local, regional, state and national levels.
(Pictured above: Students from our Wayne County School Career Center BPA Chapter)
BPA Cares is a program coordinated at the national level that shines a light on and recognizes local chapters and members who participate in community service through BPA. With BPA Cares you can help develop your students by providing them amazing opportunities to learn through service and community involvement.
Prepare for success with BPA while gaining knowledge and expertise in specific skills that will further your professional development through online training, peer-to-peer engagement and national program resources.
Building a philosophy and shared sense of pride have a positive effect on an organization. Recognizing individuals who have made significant contributions to Business Professionals of America is an important part of our culture. Do you know someone who is dedicated to promoting the mission and vision or BPA who deserves national recognition? Why not nominate them for the recognition they deserve?
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(Pictured above: Our Members from Sault Area Career Center Chapter)
Are you interested in getting started with Business Professionals of America? Learn more about the different divisions of our organization and the costs associated to each.
Prepare for and compete in contests in over 90 categories, under five assessment areas and demonstrate workplaces skills learned through business education and information technology curricula.
The BPA Torch Awards Program frames and guides an individual BPA member’s leadership and service to their chapter and community. This program recognizes outstanding, actively involved members on the local, regional, state and national levels.
Being a National Officer is the ultimate experience of Business Professionals of America membership, and local chapter members will experience greater involvement in the organization through their National Officer team.
(Pictured above: Member from the Puerto Rico BPA Association)
BPA Cares is a program coordinated at the national level that shines a light on and recognizes local chapters and members who participate in community service through BPA.
Our Student Certification programs are designed to educate and train student members regarding the programs and benefits of BPA through online training, projects and life skills development programs.
Business Professionals of America is proud to partner with organizations, State Associations and businesses to enhance the competitive offerings made available our members.
Our mission at Business Professionals of America is to develop and empower student leaders to discover their passion and change the world by creating unmatched opportunities in learning, professional growth and service..
Officially formed in 1966 as the Office Education Association, Business Professionals of America is rich in history as a student organization that serves as an innovator in Career and Technical Education preparing students professionally to become highly-valued leaders in a diverse, global society.
Business Professionals of America is an organization that is laser-focused on the professional development and future of our youth, providing the tools, skills and experiences students need to compete, succeed and thrive in the business world.
Business Professionals of America has over 45,000 members in over 1,800 chapters across 25 states, including Puerto Rico. Learn more about our footprint and how you can help bring BPA to a classroom near you!
Business Professionals of America Executive Officers represent the BPA student members from across the globe. Executive Officers serve a one-year term and are elected each year during the organization’s National Leadership Conference. Known collectively as the “Executive Council”, they represent the national organization at various conferences and meetings throughout the nation during their term of office.
The Business Professionals of America Board of Trustees is the primary governing body for the organization. The make-up of the Board consists of a talented group of educators, organization and community leaders and professionals that are dedicated to the Mission and Vision of our organization.
The State Association Advisory Council (SAAC)serves as a liaison between State Associations, Board of Trustees and National Staff of Business Professionals of America. The Council promotes the Mission, Vision and goals of the national organization and provides input to the BPA Board of Trustees and National Staff regarding national programs and activities affecting State Associations.
The Classroom Educators Advisory Council (CEAC) serves as a liaison between Business Professionals of America advisors and its Board of Trustees. CEAC's purpose is to promote the objectives of the Business Professionals of America programs, establish and monitor effective Workplace Skills Assessment Program (WSAP) competitive events, serve as a clearinghouse for suggested improvements and changes pertaining to competitive events and ensure that their State Association is informed of currently adopted Workplace Skills Assessment Program guidelines.
The purpose of the National Business Advisory Council (NBAC) is to offer insight and guidance on the future of business and industry in order to assist with the development of programs that offer real-world experience for BPA students. The membership of NBAC consists of representatives from various segments of the business community.
The National Staff of Business Professionals of America is made up of a diverse group of professionals with a wide range of expertise in nonprofit and association management, member services management, program development and evaluation, partnership development, financial management, communications strategies, event management, organizational strategy and more. Together, we aim to provide responsive programs and services of the highest quality to the internal and external partners of our organization.
Click here to download the Torch Awards handbook. The handbook includes a full, detailed description of the program, a list of roles for each person involved in the program, detailed instructions for the online Torch Awards system, and a list of all Torch Award activities.
Make sure to choose the correct “I am a…” role from the dropdown box.
Although students input their own activities, advisors are responsible for SUBMITTING the completed resumes. The advisor logs in, use the “List all eligible for…” button relating to the award they want to submit for, Click the “activities” link for a student to review their activities. Click the “submit” link for a student to go to the submit string.
Ensure that you have points in ALL SEVEN categories, not just six.
After submitting, the status of the resume will say “Unreviewed.” Once it is reviewed, it will change to either “Approved” or “Rejected.”
It varies based on level. For Ambassador, they are reviewed throughout the month of March and into April after the deadline.
Yes, if your resume is rejected you can work on it and resubmit it before the deadline.
For 2019-2020, the Ambassador deadline is March 25. For other levels, check with your State Advisor.
No. A lower level award is not required as part of getting the Ambassador Award.
As long as you haven’t won the Ambassador award with that resume, you can carry it on within the same BPA Division (i.e. Middle Level, Secondary or Post-secondary). For your convenience, at the beginning of the membership year, when your advisor adds you in the membership system, instead of clicking the “Add New Member” button, use the three links that say “Import Members From Last Year’s Torch Awards,” “Import Member from Another Chapter for Torch Awards,” and “Import Torch Awards for a member that has already been added.”
We change and improved activities between years. If you imported the activities, it is fine to use last year’s code descriptions for those imported activities. You will not be penalized for it.
You can earn up to one Ambassador award per year. You have to start your resume over after each Ambassador award.
The top points-earning Ambassador winner each year in each division wins an Ambassador of the Year award. These winners are recognized individually during the National Leadership Conference.
It varies from year to year. It is often over 1500 but it could be potentially higher than that.