About NPA: Code of Ethics
Network Professional Association Code of Ethics
As of 11/12/07
This Code of Ethics sets forth the principles and practices of professional
conduct to be observed by the members of the Network Professional
Network Professionals have an obligation to their profession to
uphold the high ideals and level of personal knowledge evidenced
by the membership held. Professionals should also encourage the
dissemination of knowledge pertaining to the network computing profession.
Network Professionals have an obligation to serve the interests
of their employers and clients loyally, diligently and honestly.
Network Professionals shall not engage in conduct that discredits
the reputation or integrity of the network computing profession
in general or the NPA program specifically.
The essential elements relating to professional practice are:
• A high standard of skill and knowledge
• A confidential relationship with people served
• The observance of an ethical code
• Public confidence in and reliance upon the codes, principles,
Principles and Practices
To sustain and advance the integrity, honor, and prestige of the
profession, I shall:
Remain current about technological developments in one's field;
contribute to the interchange of technical/professional information;
and participate in educational activities, as a learner and, when
feasible, a teacher.
Recognize and commit to the confidential relationships that exist
between professionals and their employers and/or clients; protect
from disclosure to third parties any information acquired during
the practice of one's profession, unless granted permission from
proprietors of that information.
Comply with laws, by-laws, and regulations governing the profession
and the industry.
Provide accurate information to consumers, clients, and employers
about the profession and services offered.
Promote appropriate standards of professional behavior.
Respect intellectual property rights, including copyrights, patents
Refrain from wittingly claiming competence I do not demonstrably
possess; professionals shall not take unfair advantage of the lack
of knowledge or inexperience of others.
Not deliberately destroy or diminish the value or effectiveness
of a network computing system through acts of commission or omission.
Exercise technical and professional competence in my areas of certification
and its specialties. An NPA member shall disclose to the employer
or client any pertinent known limitations. An NPA member shall not
deliberately withhold vital information from the employer or client.
Act with strict impartiality when giving independent advice to
a client or employer. In the event that the advice given is currently
or potentially influential to one's personal benefit, full and detailed
disclosure to all relevant interested parties shall be made at the
time the advice is provided.
Not knowingly enter into a legal or contractual relationship with
a party with whose interests conflict or are likely to conflict
with mine unless that interest has been disclosed in advance to
all parties involved.
Have special regard for the potential effects of network computing
systems on individuals’ rights to privacy.
Qualify myself when expressing an opinion outside my professional
competence in the event that such an opinion could be used improperly.
Exercise integrity in association interactions. I shall not attempt
to obtain certification by fraud or deception. I shall not mis-state
a material fact or fail to make a statement of material fact in
an application or statement of representation of qualifications
to the NPA membership or Certification Council.
Discipline and Revocation
The NPA Board of Directors shall automatically revoke any Membership
or Certificate for noncompliance with mandatory recertification
processes. The NPA Board of Directors, on behalf of the Network
Professional Association, has the right to revoke any Membership
or Certificate which has been awarded by it in the event that the
recipient violates the Codes, or engages in conduct that discredits
or disgraces the network computing profession.
The NPA Board of Directors has created a set of policies and procedures
for handling revocation. These procedures detail the grounds for
revocation, the due process requirements of a revocation proceeding,
the hearing process with ample opportunity for both sides to present
facts and arguments and an appeal process.
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