How to join

Join IABC’s worldwide community of communication professionals and gain access to unparalleled guidance, skills development,
networks and job opportunities. Whether you’re a student, recent graduate, working professional or a corporate team member, IABC
membership can help you advance in your career.

Join IABC online


Of course you are busy – but you need to take the time to learn and grow – both to benefit your organisation and your own career. We offer you several options when it comes to joining our organization. Find out about the various types of membership and how to join IABC.

You can also join:

  • By Phone: Call IABC headquarters at +1-415-544-4700 or (800) 776-4222
  • By Fax or Mail: Download the interactive IABC Membership Application, fill it out electronically and print it. Mail or fax your completed application form, with payment to: IABC Membership, 601 Montgomery Street, Suite 1900, San Francisco, CA 94111, U.S. FAX: +1 415-544-4747

Types of Membership


The vast majority of IABC members are professional members. A US$40 application fee applies to new and lapsed members.

IABC membership belongs to the member, even if the employer paid for it. If the employer pays for the membership and the member moves to another employer, the member retains IABC membership for the duration of the year and can renew without paying a reinstatement fee.

Professionals joining fee: $379 (incl one-off $40 joining fee)
Professionals renewal fee: $334


Corporate packages offer discounts to five or more employees from the same company. A higher value “Platinum” package is also available, offering on-site training, PR opportunities for the company, and special pricing on IABC products and events.

Platinum Package (for 75+ employees)
Gold Package (for 31-74 employees)
Silver Package (for 16-30 employees)
Bronze Package (for 5-15 employees)

See full Corporate rates. 


Student memberships are available to full-time students of colleges, universities and other educational institutions, as well as part-time students working toward a degree who are not presently working in the communication profession.


Professionals who have graduated from a degree program from an accredited institution in the last year are eligible for the student transition rate. For student transition members, the regular application fee is waived. Members can only have one year as a student transition; they must then become professional members at the full professional rate.

See full Student rates.


Individuals who have been professional IABC members for at least five years, are retired from employment in the communication industry, and are at least 55 years of age are eligible for retiree status. Please call Member Relations for current rates at 800.776.4222 or +1 415.544.4700.


These membership categories are conferred upon members by the IABC international executive board in recognition of service to IABC and the profession. Nominations can be submitted to headquarters.

For further information on joining IABC, try our FAQs.