Types of Membership


The vast majority of IABC members are professional members. Dues for professional members vary widely based on where you live. Some countries are charged a lower amount for international dues, based on World Bank data. Chapter and region dues also vary.

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. The former employer (who paid for the membership) can also arrange to have a successor “assume” the remainder of the paid membership (if there are three or more months remaining on the membership). If the member is changing positions within the same organization or has a 500 Club membership, this policy does not apply. Access the Professional Membership flyer here.  Join online or complete and submit the professional membership application.

Corporate Package

Corporate packages offer discounts and additional benefits to five or more employees from the same company.

If you’re interested in a corporate membership, please see our corporate package information page.

The 500 Club

So named because only 500 members will be allowed to participate, the 500 Club offers lifetime membership in IABC. 500 Club members still need to renew their chapter dues each year to keep their membership active. The 500 Club is closed, as all slots have been taken.


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, or a certificate program in Canada, who are not presently working in the communication profession.

Students can join IABC for US$49 / CDN$49 / €37 / AUS$49 per year, plus chapter dues where applicable.

Access the Student Membership flyer here. If you meet the qualifications for a student membership, join online or fill out and submit the student membership application form.

Student transition

Professionals who have graduated from a degree program from an accredited institution in the last year are eligible for the student transition rate. The student pays half of the international dues plus full region and chapter dues. Members can only have one year as a student transition; they must then become professional members at the full professional rate.

To apply for student transition rates, please join online or download a transitional membership application. Applicants will need to fax proof of degree conferral after enrolling with the Member Relations, which can be one of the following:

  • Dated letter from Registrar on letterhead of an accredited institution stating date of graduation and degree conferred.
  • Photocopy of diploma from accredited institution stating degree and date conferred.
  • Photocopy of transcript from accredited institution stating graduation date and degree conferred.

This proof may be faxed to +1 415.544.4747 after phone enrollment.

Other proof may be considered. Please call our Member Relations at 800.776.4222 or +1 415.544.4700 to discuss any other forms of proof you’d like us to consider.


Individuals who have been professional IABC members for at least five years, are retired from employment in the communication industry, and are at least 60 years of age are eligible for retiree status. Retired members can renew their IABC membership for US$49 / CAD$49 / EUR$37 / AUD$49 per year. Contact Member Relations to switch your member type at member_relations@iabc.com.

Fellow and Honorary

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. Contact the Leader Centre at leader_centre@iabc.com for more information on submitting nominations.