Benefits & Why Join

Who can join

Membership is open to employees and officers of membership organisations, is contributory and free of charge.
Associate membership is available for suppliers to associations - see special details here.


Benefits of joining as a member

  • Keep informed of news and critical information
  • Receive education and training on best practice processes and skills
  • Benchmark within the association community
  • Network and engage with your peers and experts
  • Develop your organisation and the services, products and events you provide your sector
  • Enhance your career development 
  • Contribute to a vibrant community of association professionals

What you get in membership

Access to / provided

  • Resource Centre of Talks, Success stories, Expert briefings, Best Practice, Articles, Interviews and other content
  • AAE news, Member news and Business Partner updates
  • Jobs board access & posting
  • Directories: Suppliers and Consultants
  • Specialist group membership
  • Online discussions forums
  • Outlook reports
  • Discounts to AAE events
  • eBulletin newsletter
  • Badge for your emails and social media to affirm your professional status
  • Discounts on various third-party offerings

No-fee Membership

Membership of the AAE is what we call 'contributory' and there is no charge. Members commit to contribute to the AAE and in return receive receive benefits and communications.  Contribution of a small amount of time, with your advice and opinion, as well as profile information enables the AAE to focus its work and create paid-for events, education and products, as well as create a community of relevance.

Members' commitments 

Members agree to receive: 

  • eNewsletter, maximum every two weeks
  • Product, Event, Services email every two weeks
  • Resource Centre update email, every four weeks
  • Association Insights magazine every 4 months (by email or post at the discretion of AAE)
  • Postal mailing, max. every 3 months
  • A call to introduce events / services that match the members' profile / interests (max. every 6 months)

Members agree to complete, every six months:

  • One research call of 10-20 minutes with a member of the AAE team
  • One standard or benchmarking survey
  • One submission of content to the Resource Library (for sharing with other members, eg. best practice documents, manuals, checklists, SOPs, guidelines, task lists, flowcharts, policies, Job role specifications)
  • Update of their Personal and Organisation profile
  • Feedback on services, content or events to enable the AAE to improve its offering