The Source – 8/16/2021

2021-2022 BPA Membership Registration System Now Open!

National BPA is pleased to announce the 2021-2022 membership year is officially open and members can now register within the BPA Membership Registration System. To access the system, please visit: register.bpa.org. As a reminder, the system went through a redesign last year allowing for us to now be able and accept credit card payments (including a 3% processing fee). 

Advisors of chapters who were active last year will need to complete the Graduation and Roll-forward procedure when first logging into the MRS for the first time this membership year. On-screen instructions are provided, and a helpful video tutorial was created to guide you through the process. If you have any questions regarding the Member Registration System, contact Patrick Schultz at pschultz@bpa.org

BPA Member Program Guide and NLC Poster

The 2021-2022 BPA Member Program Guide and NLC Poster are currently in production and scheduled to be released electronically the first week of September. The National Center will resume printing and mailing this resource this year, however, due to postal delays, the printed materials may not be received until the end of September. Advisors and students may access the electronic files for direct download on the BPA Member Gateway at: https://members.bpa.org. To gain access to the BPA Member Gateway, students and advisors must be registered members that have submitted their membership invoice online through the BPA Membership Registration System (MRS). Once officially registered, the BPA Member Gateway can be accessed.  

WSAP Industry Certification Alignment Changes

Microsoft Technology Certifications (MTA) retired on June 30, 2021. Certiport has created a new line of IT Specialist certifications to replace and improve on the former MTA certifications. Many of the IT Specialist certifications are aligned to WSAP Competitive Events and will be a required component of National competitions. For more information regarding the IT Specialist certification exam, please visit: https://certiport.pearsonvue.com/Certifications/ITSpecialist/Certification/Overview.aspx

Viewing Historical Rankings for National Leadership Conferences

Did you know that you can view all National Leadership Conference competition rankings for your chapter? Navigate to the Membership Registration System (register.bpa.org), log in, and under the Conference tab click on the “Historical Results” button. Clicking this will show a grid (and create downloadable reports) of all the past results back to 2004!

WSAP Guidelines Release 

The 2021-2022 WSAP Guidelines will be released on September 1, 2021 on the BPA Member Gateway located at: https://members.bpa.org/download-center/. Please visit the BPA Member Gateway for the full WSAP Guidelines, competition and curriculum resources, and BPA Marketing materials.

BPA LEADS: Fall Leadership Academy

The National Center is working with MBA Research to establish this year’s Virtual Leadership Academy, focusing on Ethical Leadership.  As in the past, the virtual Leadership Academy will be free of charge for our members, and the tentative live presentation dates are 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20.\