Why become an IAPCO PCO?

… To be recognised as one of the best qualified professional organisers in the world.

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An IAPCO PCO is a Professional Congress Organiser or Meeting Planner who administers and brings to fruition the organisation of a congress, meeting, event or convention in a professional manner. Such a professional manner will include timeliness, efficiency, creativity, rigorousness, financial responsibility and good management. IAPCO is a worldwide sign of quality and the solution to congress organising is to appoint an IAPCO member.

An IAPCO PCO has achieved a professional standard as judged by their peers and their clients. Each member has had to undergo rigorous entry criteria as a result of which, an IAPCO PCO offers a unique quality assurance recognised by congress clients and suppliers all over the world.

IAPCO membership shares a pool of experience in terms of worldwide destinations, professional competency and technical know-how. The PCO has immediate access to the IAPCO membership network to collect information on preceding congresses and to provide a continuity of quality service.

IAPCO members are at the forefront of training in the congress industry through the IAPCO Training Academy. The Academy provides a comprehensive international and regional educational programme for senior and middle management involved in managing congresses.

To be a member of IAPCO ensures your quality standing as one of the highest in the world in the Meetings Industry.

Membership Benefits

  • International brand recognition - IAPCO is known for the strict quality criteria required of its membership
  • Excellent opportunities to network and exchange
  • Continued excellence monitored by annual assessment programmes
  • Business promotion through the IAPCO newsletter
  • Reduced rates for staff to attend IAPCO quality education including EDGE and web-EDGE
  • Use of IAPCO logo on business card, website and stationery
  • Informative guidelines, restricted to members only
  • Business opportunities via the requests for IAPCO members received by the Secretariat