The International Association of Workforce Professionals was founded in 1913 as the American Association of Public Employment Offices’. In 1920, with the affiliation of Canada, the name changed to International Association of Public Employment Services. In 1952 the name changed to the International Association of Personnel in Employment Security and in 2003, current name was adopted.

Today, the International Association of Workforce Professionals is a non-profit educational association exclusively dedicated to workforce professionals with a rich tradition and history of contributions to workforce excellence.

IAWP members form an integral part of the success of the workforce development system. IAWP is a worldwide professional association available to all individuals with a common interest in workforce systems.

IAWP members receive the tools and resources they need to effectively contribute to the workforce development system daily. By providing relevant education, timely and informative communication and valuable findings of pertinent research, IAWP equips its members with knowledge, information and practical tools for success.

Through its network of local and regional chapters, IAWP is preparing its members for the challenges of tomorrow.


Video courtesy of Steve Strain

IAWP: In the Beginning

Founder William M. Leiserson

History of International Development

Past Presidents

Congressional Tribute to the IAWP