Common Questions




What is ILEA?

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

Who can/should join ILEA?

ILEA 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 ILEA HQ.

When does my membership expire?

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

How much does membership cost for ILEA?

Please click on this link to find the current membership costs.

Does ILEA accept student members?

Student memberships are $50 per year.  Student members are required to provide proof as a full or part-time student at a two or four-year College/University program with an unofficial transcript or signed Statement by Program Coordinator/Instructor. This membership type is limited to four years.  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 ILEA member privileges. Student members are not eligible to have a listing on the ILEA Web site; they do not qualify for Member Discounts; nor can they vote on chapter business or hold an office in ILEA. In addition, student members are not be permitted to use the ILEA logo on business cards or any promotional material.

How do I join ILEA?

The easiest and fastest way to join ILEA 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 ILEA Headquarters check processing procedures.

If I change jobs, can I transfer my membership?

ILEA 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 ILEA offer to members?

In addition to our local Chapter meetings, ILEA offers comprehensive, year-round, local and international educational experiences for professionals in the special events industry such as ILEA Live. ILEA Live 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, ILEA 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 ILEA 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 Live Events Association (ILEA) and its Certification Committee. ILEA 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 ILEA.



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?

ILEA 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.

For questions not covered here, please contact an ILEA Raleigh Durham board member.