US-based Organizations

There are hundreds of professional organizations dedicated to supporting learning professionals (adult education, training, course development, instructional technology, organizational development, human resources development). Here is a list of the larger nonprofit organizations. If you have complete information on others, please send it to us. Thank you.

These have headquarters in the United States, though some serve members worldwide. Click here for non US-Based Organizations.

Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD)
PO Box 25113
Baton Rouge, LA 70894-5113
504-334-1874 tel, 504-334-1875 fax
Email: [email protected]
(Newsletter, conferences, global chapters)

Academy of Management (updated 1/6/02)
PO Box 3020
Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510-8020
914-923-2607 tel, 914-923-2615 fax
Email [email protected]
The Academy of Management is a leading professional association of scholars dedicated to creating and disseminating knowledge about management and organizations. The Academy’s central mission is to enhance the profession of management by advancing the scholarship of management and enriching the professional development of its members. The Academy’s membership consists of scholars at colleges, universities, and research institutions, as well as practitioners with scholarly interests from business, government, and not-for-profit organizations.

American Association for Adult & Continuing Education (AAACE)
1200 19th Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036-2401
202-429-5131 tel, 202-223-4579 fax
Email: [email protected] (updated 1/6/02)
Website: (updated 1/6/02)
(Magazine, journal, conference)
AAACE is the nation’s premier organization dedicated to enhancing the field of adult learning. With members from 60 affiliates and 40 nations, the Association represents its members from secondary and post-secondary education, business and labor, military and government and from community-based organizations. AAACE publishes two of the nation’s leading periodicals in education and training: Adult Learning magazine and the scholarly journal Adult Education Quarterly. AAACE also publishes books, monographs and booklets on a variety of adult education topics.

American Education Research Association (AERA)
1230 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036-3078
202-223-9485 tel
Discussion list AERA: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]
(Publications, SIGs)

American Evaluation Association (AEA)
401 E Jefferson St., Suite 205
Rockville MD 20850
301-251-7700 tel
Email: [email protected]
(Journal, special interest groups, conference)

American Management Association (AMA) International
1601 Broadway
New York, New York 10019-7420
800-262-9699 or 212-586-8100 tel, 212-903-8168
Email: [email protected]
(Publications, conference, worldwide chapters)

American Society for Training & Development (ASTD)
1640 King Street, Box 1443
Alexandria, VA 22313-2043
800-NAT-ASTD (628-2783) or 703-683-8100, 703-683-8103 fax
Email: [email protected] (updated 12/29/01)
(Local chapters, monthly magazine, conferences)

(Added 12/29/01)
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
PO Box 3728
Norfolk, VA 23514
757-623-7588 tel, 703-997-8760 fax
Email: [email protected]
Executive Director & Founder, Gary H. Marks, Ph.D. [email protected]
(Publications, conferences, magazine, online discussion groups, job board)
AACE is one of the largest organization devoted to educational technology, instructional design, and elearning. It offers 8 academic journals and 4 international conferences on these topics.

Association for Business Simulation and Experiential Learning (ABSEL)
Center for Business Simulations, LB 8127
Georgia Southern College
Statesburo, GA 30460-8127
912-681-5457 tel
Discussion list ABSEL: [email protected]
(Journal, newsletter, conference)

Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)
1025 Vermont Ave., NW, Suite 820
Washington, DC 20005
202-347-7834 tel, 202-347-7839 fax
(Local chapters, monthly journal, conference)

Association for Experiential Education (AEE)
2305 Canyon Boulevard, Suite #100
Boulder, CO 80302
303-440-8844 tel, 303-440-9581 fax
Email: [email protected]
Discussion list AEELIST: [email protected]
(Regional chapters, bimonthly journal, conference, T&D SIG)

Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD)
1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1453
800-933-ASCD (2723) or 703-549-9110 tel, 703-299-8632 fax
Email: Membership, [email protected]
(Regional affiliates, monthly newsletter, journal, conference)

Association of Management/International Association of Management (AoM/IAoM)
AoM/IAoM Comptroller (updated 1/6/02)
P. O. Box 64841
Virginia Beach, VA 23469-4841
757-482-2273 tel, 757-482-0325 fax
Email: [email protected]

Center for Quality Management (CQM)
1 Alewife Center, Suite 450
Cambridge, MA 02140
617-873-8950 tel, 617-873-8980 fax
Email: cqm_[email protected]
(Clearinghouse, global chapters, conferences, publications)

CompTIA Technology Learning Group (updated 12/29/01)
450 East 22nd Street
Lombard, IL 60148
702-839-0975 tel
Email: Executive Director, Rachel Cheeseman [email protected]
(Conferences, newsletter)
Formerly known as ITTA, this is the trade association for professionals and companies involved in the Computer training Industry. In 1994, the organization was formed from the merger of ICTA (International Computer Training Association) and ATEC (Association of Technical Education Centers). Since that time, they have taken an active leadership role in legislative efforts, professional development and business management conferences, and setting industry standards.

Computer Education Management Association (CEdMA)
Email: [email protected]
(Conference, regional meetings, newsletter)
CEdMA, founded in 1991, is a professional association made up of individuals who manage training and education organizations in companies that manufacture computer hardware and/or software products. CEdMA’s mission is to be a vendor force shaping excellence in education, training & learning worldwide, with a goal to provide a forum in which managers of computer education & training organizations can discuss critical training, course development and business issues encountered by the high-tech companies it represents. CEdMA has worldwide representation in the Americas, Europe and Asia/Pacific.

Council for Adult & Experiential Education (CAEL)
243 S. Wabash Ave., Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60604
312-922-5909 tel, 312-922-1769 fax
Email: Membership, [email protected]
(Magazine, conference, state representatives)

Digital Learning Organization
NEWS: August 8, 2001-The Instructional Systems Association (ISA) and the Digital Learning Organization (DLO) have merged to form a single association. See ISA.

Distance Education Vendor Alliance (DEVA)
6863 Caminito Montanoso, Suite 9
San Diego, CA 92119
619.723.7715 tel, 619.388.2075 fax
Email: [email protected]
Director: Farhad Saba [email protected]

1112 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
202-872-4200 tel, 202-872-4318 fax
Email: [email protected]
(Magazine, conference, state representatives)

ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, & Vocational Education
Center on Education & Training for Employment
The Ohio State University
1900 Kenny Road
Columbus, OH 43210-1090
800-848-4815 ext. 2-7069 or 614-292-7069 (updated 12/29/01)
614-292-1260 fax, TTY/TDD: 614/688-8734
Email: [email protected]
(Newsletter & online resources)

Human Resources Planning Society (HRPS)
317 Madison Avenue, Suite 1509
New York, NY 10017
212-490-6387 tel, 212-682-6851 fax
Email: [email protected]
(Nonprofit global organization)

Information Technology Training Association (ITTA)
NEWS: Now the IT Training Section of CompTIA (updated 12/29/01)

Instructional Systems Association (ISA)
12427 Hedges Run Drive, #120 (updated 12/29/01)
Lake Ridge, VA 22192
703-730-2838 tel, 703-730-2857 fax
Email: [email protected]
ISA consists of companies that create and distribute proprietary instructional systems, products and services, which help external clients improve organizational performance by accelerating learning.

International Association of Computer Trainers
9810 Patuxent Woods Drive
Columbia, Maryland 21046-1561
410-290-7000 tel, 410-290-7790 fax
Email: [email protected]

International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET)
1620 I Street NW, Suite 615
Washington, DC 20006
202-463-2905 tel, 202-463-8497 fax
Email: [email protected]
(Quarterly newsletter, conference, CEU information)
IACET has a set of nationally recognized standards and guidelines for issuing Continuing Education Units for any type of continuing education and training that meet the criteria. IACET also approves and recognizes organizations who issue the CEU according to our criteria and submit evidence of doing so through an application process.

International Association of Facilitators
7630 West 145th Street, Suite 202
St. Paul, Minnesota 55124
612-891-3541 tel, 612-891-1800 fax
Email: [email protected]
Website: (updated 12/29/01)
(Newsletter, worldwide chapters, conference, distribution lists)

International Association for Human Resource Information Management, Inc. (IHRIM)
formerly Human Resource Systems Professionals (HRSP)
PO Box 801646
Dallas, TX 75380-1646
972-661-3727 tel, 972-386-8180 fax
Email: [email protected]
(Newsletter, conference, local chapters, job board)

The International Association for Management Education (AACSB)
600 Emerson Road, Suite 300
St. Louis, MO 63141-6762, USA
(Magazine. Go to more about Business Schools and Executive Education)

International Association of Correctional Training Personnel (IACTP)
2053 Day Road, Suite 100
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740
301-790-0621 tel
Email: [email protected]

International Board of Standards for Training, Performance, and Instruction (ibstpi)
1931 West Wilson Street, Suite 4370
Batavia, Illinois 60510
847-304-5571 tel
IBSTPI was originally created by a joint task force from ISPI and AECT/DID (Association for Educational Communications and Technology/Division of Instructional Development). These two professional organizations represent practitioners, researchers and teachers of instructional technology, HR, media, design and development, and related fields.

International Personnel Management Association (IPMA)
1617 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
800-220-IPMA(4762) or 703-549-7100 tel, 703/684-0948 fax
Email: [email protected]
(Monthly newsletter, quarterly journal, conference)

International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI)
formerly National Society for Performance and Instruction (NSPI)
1400 Spring Street, Suite 260
Silver Spring, MD, 20910
301-587-8570 tel, 301-587-8573 fax
Email: Information, [email protected]
(Local chapters, monthly journal, conferences, institutes, books, Internet discussion groups, online job-bank)

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
1787 Agate Street
Eugene, OR 97403-1923
503-346-4414 tel, 800-336-5191 orderdesk, 503-346-5890 fax
Email: [email protected]
(Conference, publications)

National Association of Government Training and Development Directors (NAGTADD)
167 W. Main St., Suite 600
Lexington, KY 40607
606-231-1948 tel, 606-231-1928 fax
Email: Meredith Cash [email protected]

National Center for Research in Vocational Education (NCRVE)
2030 Addison Street, Suite 500
Berkeley, CA 94720-1674
800-762-4093 or 510-642-4004 tel, 510-642-2124 fax
Email: [email protected]

National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE)
9001 Braddock Road Suite 380 (updated 12/29/01)
Springfield, VA 22151
800.528.3492 or 703-933-0017 tel, 703.426.8400 fax
Email: [email protected]
(Quarterly newsletter, conference)
A membership association committed to all forms of experiential learning whether they happen in the classroom, workplace, or community.

North American Simulation and Gaming Association (NASAGA)
Email: [email protected]
888-432-GAME tel, 317-387-1921 fax

Organizational Development Network (ODN)
76 South Orange Avenue, Suite 101
South Orange, New Jersey 07079-1923
201-763-7337 tel, 201-763-7488 fax
Email: [email protected]
(Regional groups, quarterly journal, conference)

Sales and Marketing Training (SMT) Professional Society
1900 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1498
215-564-3484 tel, 215-963-9785 fax
Charlene Mayfield, Executive Director
Email: [email protected]
(Annual Meeting, Membership, Clinics/Workshops, Publications)

Society for Applied Learning Technology (SALT)
50 Culpepper Street
Warrenton, VA 22186
800-457-6812 or 540-347-0055 tel, 540-349-3169 fax
Email: [email protected]
(Conference, publications)

Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)
1800 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
800-283-SHRM or 703-548-3440 tel
703-548-6999 TDD, 703-836-0367 fax
Email: [email protected]
Also sponsors HR forum on Prodigy (jump human resources)
(Local chapters, bimonthly journal, conference)

Toastmasters International (added 12/29/01)
PO Box 9052
Mission Viejo, CA 92690 USA
949-858-8255 tel, 949-858-1207 fax
Email: [email protected]
(Local chapters, magazine, events)
A worldwide organization dedicated to helping its members succeed in public speaking.

United States Distance Learning Association
PO Box 376
Watertown, MA 02471-0376
800-275-5162 tel, 781-453-2533 fax
Email: Dr. John G. Flores, Executive Director, [email protected]
(Chapters, membership, publications, events)

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