The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) and AMC Institute (AMCI) have agreed on a new 3-year Memorandum of Understanding which will see both organisations’ communities benefit across a number of initiatives.

At their most recent Annual Meeting, held in Jerusalem, IAPCO announced a new collaboration with AMC Institute, the first of its kind for both associations. The collaboration will include numerous joint activities at their own and other industry trade shows that will bring added value to their members. Professional development content will be collaboratively developed that will increase the knowledge and professionalism of both professional congress organisers (PCOs) and association management companies (AMCs) through seminars and webinars at existing and new programmes.

Reciprocal discounts on certain programmes will also enable both community member groups to benefit from this collaboration and co-authoring opportunities on research, white papers and knowledge articles will help to advocate for the mission and vision of each.

Ori Lahav, IAPCO President commented: “Professional congress organisation and association management services quite naturally, go hand in hand when working with an association client over several years. It is of great value and benefits to these clients that the expertise provided to them by their providers comes from the most well-equipped and experienced professionals in the market. This new, multi-year collaboration with AMC Institute, provides opportunities that will add significant value to such working relationships.”

With a membership retention rate of 100 per cent in 2022, a growing number of new membership applications and continued support from global partners, IAPCO continues to focus its attention on providing added value and new services to its members. The MoU that outlines this Strategic Partnership is another great example of the value that PCOs can expect when they have a membership in IAPCO.

“Ensuring that association management companies and professional congress organisations are delivering best practices in services to our clients is a top priority for both organisations. AMCI is excited to collaborate with IAPCO in delivering educational opportunities that continue to increase member value and quality assurance,” said Tina Wehmeir, AMC Institute President and CEO.

The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers is a not-for-profit membership association, registered in Switzerland. IAPCO Members are Professional Congress Organisers (companies, not individuals) that have qualified for Membership under the detailed application process by demonstrating that they consistently deliver PCO services to their clients and partners at high-quality standards. They retain their membership through annual quality checks and reviews by the IAPCO Quality Committee.

About AMC Institute
AMCI is the global trade association for 175 association management companies that work with more than 3,300 nonprofits serving 3.3 million members. The total budget for associations managed by AMC Institute members is over $1.9 billion. AMC Institute seeks to advance professionalism and high industry standards for association management companies through education, accreditation, and member networking opportunities.