Membership Types


Most IABC members hold a professional membership, with dues varying based on chapter and region. A US$40 application fee applies to new and lapsed members.


IABC offers corporate membership discounts for small groups, and packages for medium to large groups to ensure your team has access to the training, certification, connections, ideas, recognition and insights they need to be the best at what they do. Whether your team consists of 5 communicator or more than 100, IABC has the plan for you.  Please click here to learn more.


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. If you meet the qualifications for a student membership, fill out and submit the student membership application form. Find out how we’ve committed to helping you make the most of your student membership.

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. For student transition members, the regular application fee is waived, and 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 call Member Relations at 1-800-776-4222 or +1 415-544-4700, 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 1-800-776-4222 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 55 years of age are eligible for retiree status. Please call Member Relations for current rates at 800.776.4222 or +1 415.544.4700.

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 for more information on submitting nominations.