The User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) supports people who research, design, and evaluate the user experience of products and services.

The UXPA is an international organization with 50 chapters, and members in 60 countries. Members come from many different backgrounds, sharing the common interest of creating products and services that meet the needs of the people who work or play with them.

Established in 1991 (as UPA – Usability Professionals’ Association), UXPA continues to be the organization of choice for usability and user experience professionals worldwide. The UXPA holds yearly international conferences – this year, in Washington DC in July, and Shanghai in November (page in Chinese or  English) – and publishes new findings through both the Journal of Usability Studies and User Experience Magazine. In 2004, the UPA established World Usability Day, which is celebrated in over 40 countries.

The UXPA’s main goals are to:

  1. Become the authoritative source on the practice of usability, user-centered design (UCD), and user experience (UX).
  2. Facilitate professional development and education within the UX field.
  3. Promote the business value of user experience, research, design and evaluation to business and other entities.
  4. Foster a community of user experience professionals through knowledge sharing and networking.

UXPA offers professional, student and corporate memberships. Membership is open to anyone who researches, designs and evaluates the user experience.