Chicago Principals & Administrators Association

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Please click on the applicable link below and you will be directed to the corresponding online membership application.  For all membership applications, CPAA uses "Formsite," a secure online form for collecting information which also allows you to digitally sign your documents for faster processing. 

There are three levels of membership:


If you are currently employed by Chicago Public Schools in a position that requires a Professional Educator License - Administrative Endorsement (formerly "Type 75"), you should join as a regular member.


If you have a Professional Educator License - Administrative Endorsement (formerly "Type 75"), but are not staffed in a position that requires it, you can join as an associate member.


If you have retired or resigned from Chicago Public Schools as a principal or other administrator, you can join as a retired member. 

Member Benefits


CPAA employs a full-time general counsel who provides invaluable legal support and advice to members regarding their on-the-job issues. Help is always just a phone call away. Our national organization, the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), provides additional legal support for certain types of issues.


Our lobbyist will take your concerns to Springfield and beyond. Distribution of funds from our Political Action Committee (PAC) is managed by our Legislative Committee. CPAA actively tracks legislation as it develops in Springfield to ensure that the concerns of the organization are taken into account. Excellent and enduring relations with key legislators have yielded many positive results.


Various discounts and incentives are available through Union Plus ( Visit their website to see what's available. For "Union," select "American Federation of School Administrators. All active CPAA members receive affiliate membership in the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA). AFSA also provides additional benefits to CPAA members. Visit for more information.


Our policy action teams conduct research and develop reports that express the views and ideas of administrators in Chicago Public Schools. Our reports are widely distributed with the goal of drawing much needed attention to the issues that directly affect you as a school leader.


The Illinois Administrators Academy (IAA) provides opportunities for professional growth and enrichment. You must take one IAA session every year to maintain your Professional Educator License (PEL). Visit for complete program offerings and more information regarding the Professional Educator License (Administrative Endorsement).

Whereas, CPAA strives to improve the working conditions of principals, assistant principals, and administrators through information, advocacy, and legal assistance, IAA provides principals, administrators, and other school leaders with workshops and development opportunities to enhance their professional growth and meet the requirements of Professional Educator License.