Education is at the core of IAPCO and everything the Association does revolves around it. IAPCO’s mission is to raise the standards of service amongst its members and other sectors of the meetings industry by means of continuing education and interaction with other professionals.

IAPCO firmly believes that education is necessary to advance and uphold a high professional level in organising and managing congresses, conferences, and other meetings or special events.

IAPCO Training Academy

IAPCO’s Training Academy comprises meeting professionals from IAPCO member companies from around the world. Each brings a different area of expertise and a desire to impart their knowledge to others.

The Training Academy oversees IAPCO’s extensive education programme, recruiting world-class speakers for our EDGE Seminars, Annual Meetings, Trade Shows and webEDGE – IAPCO’s unique e-learning platform.

IAPCO Education Programmes

IAPCO’s education programmes are delivered in a variety of formats under the EDGE banner – Experts in Dynamic Global Education.

They are designed to provide PCOs and their staff with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in the meetings and events industry.



webEDGE is IAPCO’s unique online-learning platform. It contains hours of education (CMP accredited) designed by professionals for professionals (PCOs / Meeting Planners, Associations, CVBs, Meeting Venues, Project Managers / Assistants in the meetings industry).

Access is free for employees of IAPCO member companies, and packages are offered for non-members.

Visit webEDGE for more information.

 EDGE seminar logo IAPCO EDGE Seminars are two or three-day in-person seminars for meetings and events professionals to learn new skills through a mix of lectures and practical workshops, taught by industry leaders.

  • Europe – January
  • LATAM – October
  • APAC – dates vary

Registration is payable and open to members and non-members.

Find out more about Delivering an EDGE Seminar


IAPCO Impact Dialogues are 60-minute online panel discussions to trigger reflection and discussion amongst industry practitioners with audience Q&A.

They are free and open to all.

IAPCO Hosted EDGE IAPCO Hosted EDGE is a programme designed for organisations wishing to tailor an EDGE Seminar for a specific audience (limited to an organisation, country, specific topic…). If you are interested in hosting an EDGE Seminar for your community, we will work with you in designing and delivering the perfect programme. IAPCO will send a team of experts appropriate to the seminar content or we can deliver a seminar remotely in virtual formats. Registration is restricted and managed by the host.

Find out more about Hosting an EDGE Seminar

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IAPCO participates in panel discussions and delivers education sessions at major industry events around the world.
Requests to speak at events where we believe we can contribute value will be taken into consideration.Email with details of your request.Find out more about our next engagements in the Event Calendar and come meet us.
CEO meet-up


CEO Meet-Up is an online coaching leadership program, facilitated by a professional moderator. Everyone involved will benefit from the interactive coaching sessions that are held monthly in small groups.

Email to be notified of the next session.

Participation is restricted to IAPCO members, and the program is payable.

IAPCO AM&GA Ljubljana


At the Annual Meeting & General Assembly, IAPCO members gather together from across the globe to experience quality education, knowledge-share and a fabulous social programme provided by the local hosts.

Participation is restricted to IAPCO members and IAPCO partners and is payable.


Check our calendar of events for upcoming learning opportunities.

Your education journey with IAPCO

Discover the IAPCO education and training you need to thrive in your job, regardless of your level of experience.

IAPCO Education Journey (2023)

Review IAPCO’s online calendar of events for upcoming learning opportunities.