As stated in its bylaws, the mission of the E-Rate Management Professionals Association, Inc. (EMPA) is to promote excellence and ethics in E-Rate professional management and consulting through certification, education and professional resources.

EMPA provides online resources to its diverse and experienced membership along with a forum for discussion and development of best practices in the management of the Universal Services Discount Mechanism for Schools and Libraries (E-Rate). The organization provides a collective voice for discussing issues relevant to its members and proposed program changes to the E-Rate program. The talent and experience of the organization’s network of consultants provides a superior resource to help members increase value to their clients, enhance effectiveness of client organizations, and generally aid the advancement of its members and other organizations having related objectives. EMPA will also provide certification for E-Rate management professionals and consultants that affirms quality standards of technical competence and professional conduct.