ILEA Membership

Want to become a member? Click here for access to the online membership application and instructions, or, download membership applications by using the links below.

ILEA Membership Benefits
Resources & Education

  • ILEA Discounts: ILEA Affinity Programs allow ILEA members to take advantage of savings on high-quality products & services while simultaneously supporting the efforts of the society.  These programs offer members competitive pricing and special savings on a variety of premier products and services.
  • Certified Special Event Professional Certification (CSEP) and Professional Development
  • ILEA LIVE – a Conference for Professional Development – is the industry-standard event for improving your proficiency and knowledge, and inspiring innovation. ILEA LIVE is the premier continuing education event for the special events industry. This prestigious international conference is a must for all event professionals.
  • Locally, through educational programming at chapter meetings and CSEP study groups. We welcome student members to our organization. You’ll find opportunities for education, mentoring, networking, development of skills and professional standards from your partnership with ILEA Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati.
  • Special Events Magazine Subscription:   ILEA recognizes SpecialEvents magazine as “the official and premier magazine of the special events industry in North America” and The Special Event as “the official and premier trade show for this industry in North America.”

Professional Recognition

  • ILEA Esprit Awards is a prestigious program designed to foster professional competition within designated categories. These awards provide international exposure and recognition for ILEA members through their participation and rewards excellence in our industry. For more information about the Esprit Awards, click here.


  • Building relationships with other professionals is often the best route to professional growth for you, personally, and for your business.
  • By attending chapter meetings and becoming active on our committees, you will make business contacts, increase your client base and make contacts for employment opportunities.