Professionals Week (APW) is celebrated by SAAP annually during the last full week in April and the
intervening Wednesday is designated “Administrative Professionals Day”. This week is dedicated to secretaries and
administrative professionals in recognition of their contributions towards
business and industries
Administrative Professionals Week (APW) was established by the
International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) in 1952 in an effort to recognize secretaries for their
contributions to the workplace and to promote the secretarial/administrative
career as a profession.
In 1965, the observance date of National Secretaries Week was moved to
the last full week of April. The event
name was changed to Professionals Secretaries Week in 1981 and changed to
Administrative Professionals Week (APW) in 2000 to keep pace with changing job
titles and expanding responsibilities of the administrative workforce. The intervening Wednesday is designated as
Administrative Professionals Day.
Over the years, this event is celebrated worldwide including community
events, educational seminars and individual corporate activities in recognition
of administrative support staff.