IAPCO member PCOs are recognised by congress clients and suppliers all over the world as the best in the business demonstrated through the unique quality assurance provided by IAPCO accreditation.



IAPCO Membership

IAPCO Accreditation is achieved through rigorous entry criteria demonstrating that the PCO administers and brings to fruition the organisation of a congress, meeting, event, or convention in a professional manner – timeliness, efficiency, creativity, rigorousness, financial responsibility and good management.

IAPCO Accreditation

IAPCO provides a range of services to member PCOs, including:

  • Accreditation – IAPCO accreditation is a globally recognised mark of quality for PCOs. It demonstrates that our members have met the highest standards of professional competence and ethics.
  • Training – IAPCO offers a comprehensive range of training programs for PCOs, from entry-level to advanced. Our training is delivered by experienced industry professionals and is designed to help our members stay up-to-date with the latest trends and technologies.
  • Networking – IAPCO provides a valuable networking platform for PCOs from all over the world. Our events and meetings offer opportunities to share ideas, learn from each other and build relationships.
  • Advocacy – IAPCO works to promote the interests of the PCO industry on a global level. We lobby governments and industry bodies on issues such as visa regulations, taxation and sustainability.

To be a member of IAPCO ensures your quality standing as one of the highest in the world in the meetings and events industry.

IAPCO Membership Benefits

IAPCO Membership is the epitome of excellence in the Business Events industry, with the highly prestigious accreditation as the hallmark.

But our commitment to our members goes beyond recognition. With IAPCO membership you open the door to a world of unparalleled advantages, including access to exclusive resources, networking opportunities, and education programmes to help you grow your business, develop your employees and stay ahead of the competition.

As an IAPCO member, you become part of a prestigious global community of professionals dedicated to excellence, quality and progress in the business events industry.

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IAPCO Member Values

IAPCO members embrace the following Core Values:

  • They are proud of their profession – They live up to the ‘P’ in PCO
  • They get involved – They are a small and active group taking responsibility for their association and the industry at large.
  • They are extraordinary – They care about delivering the highest quality of professional services and making decisions accordingly.
  • They uphold the trust – They have a responsibility to their clients and to the whole meetings industry, to conduct business in a trustworthy way.
  • They set the benchmark – They are at the forefront of innovation within their profession and always strive to improve.
  • They embrace continuous learning – They put education at the core of their organisation.

Applying for Membership

We offer two distinctive types of membership, each tailored to the unique needs of professionals in the congress organisation industry. Please take a moment to explore and choose the membership category that best suits your role and aspirations.

Company Membership

Ideal for Professional Congress Organisations (PCOs). If you represent a company dedicated to organising and managing congresses, conferences and events, this membership is designed for you. Benefit from the vast array of resources, networking opportunities and support IAPCO offers to grow your business and achieve excellence in the industry.

In-house Organiser Membership

Tailored for individuals and teams within organisations, associations or corporations who manage their events internally. If you are responsible for planning and executing conferences, congresses and meetings on behalf of your organisation, this membership provides you with access to valuable insights, best practices and a network of experienced professionals to enhance your event management skills.