What is the IAP?

The IAP is the leading international organisation for professional analysts and programmers. It is an independent body, owned by its members and funded by their subscriptions. Because it does not deal with the broader interests of the whole computing fraternity, it can target the needs of its members very efficiently.

What does the IAP do?

It enhances the professional status of its members and helps them to advance in their chosen careers. It facilitates the spread and exchange of knowledge and it promotes the highest standards of competence and conduct within the profession as a whole. To support this, there is a written Code of Conduct, binding on all members and supported by disciplinary regulations.

Am I eligible to join?

If you are involved in the development of software-based systems or are following a course of study with this as a main focus, yes, you are. Your job title might be programmer/analyst, project manager, software engineer, business analyst, CTO or test engineer. Whatever it is, the litmus test for IAP membership is the phrase 'development of software-based systems'.

How is the membership structured?

There are five grades:

  • Licentiate (designation LIAP): You will be working towards an IAP approved qualification such as a degree in Software Engineering or Business Information Technology and will have reached a standard comparable with a Foundation degree. For an Honours degree student, this will be towards the end of the second year. Although only those courses previously approved by the IAP‘s Education Department will confer automatic Licentiate status, you can apply if you have another qualification and your application will be considered individually on its merits.
  • Graduate (designation Grad IAP): You will have an IAP approved qualification, such as a Computer Science degree or sandwich HND (one including a 48-week training placement as a programmer, for example). Although only those courses previously approved by the IAP‘s Education Department will confer automatic Graduate status, you can apply if you have another qualification and your application will be considered individually on its merits.
  • Associate Member (designation AMIAP): You will have a qualification such as that described for Graduate status, together with about two years of qualifying experience, or four - five years of qualifying experience and on-the-job training.
  • Member (designation MIAP): You will meet the requirements for an Associate Member and have an additional four - five years of qualifying experience.
  • Fellow (designation FIAP): If you meet the requirements for Member, and have extensive experience in a senior position of substantial responsibility, you may be considered by the Trustee Board for election to the Institution‘s most senior grade.

[N.B. the time spans quoted above are indicative only; much depends on your specific circumstances and experience.]

How much does membership cost?

The current annual subscription rates are:

Licentiate: £70

Graduate: £80

Associate Member: £100

Member: £120

Fellow: £140

In addition, new members are charged a single registration fee of £50, to contribute to the cost of evaluating their formal qualifications, training and experience.

Subscriptions are recognised by HMRC as professional expenses and so are tax-deductible for UK members.

Eligible students at IAP Partner Organisations make no payment for their first year of membership as this is bundled within all Partnership Agreements. The subscriptions of staff at Partner Organisations are also bundled within Partnership agreements, so they pay no subscriptions while in the employ of an IAP Partner.

How does election to membership work?

The IAP has developed a sophisticated system that allocates points to each qualification, training event and period of experience. The system is reviewed continually to take account of new developments, especially in the training and education environment. This ensures that consistent standards are maintained.