Become a Member

Thank you for your interest in joining the International Ombudsman Association (IOA). The mission of IOA is to support and advance the global organizational ombudsman profession and to ensure that practitioners work to the highest professional standards. Learn more about all that IOA has to offer by reviewing our full list of member benefits.


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IOA Membership Rates
  New Member* Renewing Member
Member $195 USD $195 USD
Student Affiliate Member $  50 USD $  50 USD
Retired Member**   $  50 USD

*Note: A one-time administrative fee of $25 will be assessed for Member application processing.
**Retired Member category is only available to previous Retired Members or IOA Members. 

View the list of criteria for each membership category

Pro-Rated Dues

The Membership Year is from January 1 to December 31 of each calendar year. Members that join IOA between July 1 and October 31 of a current year will receive a prorated membership renewal invoice in the subsequent year based on the following criteria:

  • 50% pro-rated dues for members joining during July or August
  • 33% pro-rated dues for members joining during September or October

Members joining during the months of November or December shall be considered paid in full for the following calendar year’s membership. 

Transfer of IOA Membership

IOA memberships are held by individuals. A transfer of membership may be initiated by a current member by contacting IOA staff at [email protected] or +1-206-209-5275. A $25 fee will apply for each transfer of membership. Learn more about the guidelines for transfer of membership.



For U.S. citizens: contributions or gifts to associations which are exempt under IRS 501(c)6 are not tax deductible as charitable contributions. However, they may be deducted as ordinary and necessary business expenses.

If you choose to apply using a hard copy application form, contact IOA headquarters at [email protected] or +1-206-209-5275