Common Questions



What is ISES?

ISES stands for the International Special Events Society. The International Special Events Society (ISES) is the premier society for Event Professionals. Your membership in ISES also allows you to build relationships with other professionals worldwide within the special events industry.

Who can/should join ISES?

ISES membership brings together professionals from a variety of special event disciplines including caterers, meeting planners, decorators, event planners, audio-visual technicians, party and convention coordinators, entertainers, educators, journalists, photographers, hotel sales managers and many more professional disciplines.



If I join a Chapter, am I also a member of the International Chapter?

Yes, when you join a local chapter, you also become a member of the international organization. However, your membership application needs to be completed through ISES HQ.

When does my membership expire?

No matter when you join ISES, all members are placed on the same renewal schedule (June 30th). Your membership is good from the time you are confirmed by ISES HQ until June 30th of the current or following year of joining.

How much does membership cost for ISES?

ISES membership fees are $399 for corporate purchased or individual purchased membership and $299 for nonprofit purchased memberships. In addition to the membership fee, there is a $50 application fee. ISES holds two international membership drives each year in December and May. These membership drives offer additional incentives for joining ISES.

Does ISES accept student members?

Student memberships are $35 per year and can be held for a maximum of two years (additional years beyond two will be addressed by ISES International and the sponsoring schools’ Program Coordinator). Student members must be enrolled as a part-time or full-time student in a recognized certificate or degree program. Student members are encouraged to get involved with the chapter by volunteering ten (10) hours to their chapter per year, helping with chapter meetings and event registration, mailings, and other chapter business such as coordinating chapter community service and special projects.
However, student members do not receive full ISES member privileges. Student members are not eligible to have a listing on the ISES Web site; they do not qualify for Member Discounts; nor can they vote on chapter business or hold an office in ISES. In addition, student members are not be permitted to use the ISES logo on business cards or any promotional material.

How do I join ISES?

The easiest and fastest way to join ISES is online at Your membership will be immediately activated (when you pay by credit card online) and will not expire until June 30th. If you prefer to pay by check, your membership may not be activated for 6-8 weeks; due to ISES Headquarters check processing procedures.

If I change jobs, can I transfer my membership?

ISES Memberships are held by individuals. If you change jobs, you can transfer your membership to your new company. Please contact our Membership Committee for more information.



What type of educational opportunities does ISES offer to members?

In addition to our local Chapter meetings, ISES offers comprehensive, year-round, local and international educational experiences for professionals in the special events industry such as Eventworld: A Conference for Professional Development. Eventworld is a continuing education conference for the special events industry where attendees have the opportunity to improve their professional skills and knowledge. The traveling conference is held annually in August. Information and registration forms are mailed to members and are also made available online at In addition, ISES has a “Cooperative Alliance” with Special Events Magazine which produces The Special Event, an annual industry Tradeshow and Conference for Event Professionals in the United States. Educational opportunities at The Special Event are also traveling and are held annually in January.

Does ISES offer any type of certification?

Yes, the Certified Special Events Professional or CSEP designation. The CSEP designation is the hallmark of professional achievement in the special events industry. It is earned through education, performance, experience, and service to the industry, and reflects a commitment to professional conduct and ethics. The CSEP designation is awarded by the International Special Events Society (ISES) and its Certification Committee. ISES is the only international umbrella organization representing professionals in all disciplines of the special events industry. Education and a commitment to professionalism are cornerstones of ISES.



Is there a charge to attend monthly meetings?

Our chapter holds meetings every month. There is a charge for educational meetings; however, our networking meetings are free to members!

How do I register for a chapter event?

Event registration can be found on our website. In addition, email invitations are sent out weekly with registration information.

What if I can’t make it to a monthly meeting, can I send someone from my company in my place at the member rate?

ISES memberships are held by individuals and not their respective companies; therefore, if you cannot attend a meeting, your ticket is not transferable to another person, even if they are from your same company.

Can I pay by check for the monthly meetings?

Yes, when registering for a monthly meeting, you will see instructions for paying by check.

Can I pay at the door for a monthly meeting?

Yes, but we strongly encourage you to register online and pay by credit card before the event so we can have a proper catering count for our venues.

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