Join Our Community

Individual Memberships

The IES is comprised of over 8,000 individual members all across the globe. Members of the IES are consultants, researchers, designers, educators, manufacturers, and consumers who are lighting professionals. An individual may elect to be an Associate grade or Member grade member of the Society at the time of enrollment. Member grade is considered the more technical IES membership designation. Please check the qualifications for each grade and determine how you should be classified.



Must be registered full-time in a college or university for study toward a degree in engineering, science, fine arts, architecture, interior design or other related fields, or enrolled full-time in an accredited two-year technical school whose curriculum is related to illumination.


Student members need to supply IES with proof of full-time student status.


NOTE: Students are entitled to all current privileges and benefits. Student members may not vote or hold elective office, except in a Student Chapter.

Associate EP

Emerging Professional


Reduced dues are available for Emerging Professionals. An Emerging Professional (EP) is a recent graduate entering the workforce for the first time or a professional making a career move/change.


A person shall be considered an Emerging Professional for up to five years after graduation or entry into the lighting industry. All others need to apply for Associate or Member grade and meet IES member qualifications.


Those selecting Associate EP grade will be assessed by IES for qualifications before activating this level of membership.

Associate Grade

US Annually

Outside US, Canada and Mexico)

Must be interested in the mission of the Society.
Must be at least 18 years of age.


NOTE: Associate members are entitled to all current privileges and benefits of membership. Associate members shall not serve on the IES Board of Directors, as a District Chair, or as Chairperson of an IES national committee. Associates may use the acronym “Associate, IES” after their name.


* IES Sections operate in the US, Canada, and Mexico. $10 from member dues are rebated to the Section to assist in programs and operations.


If you are joining IES as Associate member, you may request a transfer to Member grade at a later time. At the time of a transfer request, you will need to provide IES with up-to-date information. Examples include, but are not limited to: years and duties of professional experience, completion of formal education, completion of accredited lighting courses or seminars, or the LC designation (administered by NCQLP).

Member Grade

US Annually

Outside US, Canada and Mexico)


  • Must be a graduate from an accredited four four-year program with a degree in the art/science of illumination or related engineering fields.
  • In addition, the applicant should be actively engaged for at least five years (with LC, four years) in a professional capacity in a field related to illumination.


  • Must have made a valuable contribution to the art/science of illuminating engineering or to its literature.


  • Must be actively engaged for at least ten years (with LC, eight years) in the practice or teaching of illumination or directly related fields.


NOTE: Member grade members are eligible to serve on the IES Board of Directors, as a District Chair, or as Chairperson of an IES national committee.


Members may use the acronym “Member, IES” or “MIES” after their name.


* IES Sections operate in the US, Canada, and Mexico. $10 from member dues are rebated to the Section to assist in programs and operations.

Associate or Member Grade Options

Individual Subscriber

US Enrollment Year

Renewal Year

All Individual Subscribing members are entitled to the same benefits and privileges as a Member grade or Associate grade member. Additionally, Subscribing Membership includes a complimentary copy of the IES Lighting Library (over 50 publications, print edition), including the Lighting Handbook. Upon renewal of membership, the individual will continue to receive, at no cost, IES publications as long as the membership is active in this category.

Individual Sponsor


In addition to all member benefits, IES offers Individual Sponsor members the opportunity to support specific projects approved by the Board of Directors through additional dues. A $50 IES publication credit is included.

Sustaining Membership


The organization or individual must have an interest in the purpose of the Illuminating Engineering Society and a desire to support this effort. If you or your company are interested in Sustaining Membership, please contact the IES office at 212-248-5000 (x117, 125 or 101) for details.


As a Sustaining member of the IES, you provide additional support that enables the Society to carry out its mission. The IES works closely with Sustaining members who make important contributions to technical, educational, and research activities. In addition to the benefits of individual membership, Sustaining Membership provides:

  • Complimentary IES Lighting Library (in print only — valued at over $2100).
  • Tax deductible contributions supporting activities crucial to the advancement of the industry.
  • IES Sustaining Membership certificate.
  • Use of the IES Sustaining Membership logo.
  • Complimentary Individual Membership (based on amount of dues paid).
  • Professional development opportunities for employees.
  • Recognition at Society and industry events.
  • Recognition in each issue of LD+A (silver level and above), highlighted listing in LD+A’s Lighting Equipment and Accessories Directory issue, as well as listing in the IES annual report.
  • Opportunity for sponsorship at the IES Annual Conference.

The IES is a collegial community dedicated to improving the lighted environment.