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


An IAPCO Accredited 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 Accredited 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 Accredited 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 Education Programme, providing a comprehensive international and regional educational training programme for event professionals 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 Knowledge Hub and The PCO
  • Reduced rates for staff to attend IAPCO EDGE Seminars
  • Complimentary access to webEDGE (IAPCO’s online learning platform)
  • Reduced rates to attend PCMA Convening Leaders
  • Preferential insurance rates for your event
  • Use of IAPCO Accredited logo on business card, website and stationery
  • Business opportunities via the requests for IAPCO members received by the Secretariat


How to apply