Application Process for Associations, Organizations and Other Eligible Entities Wishing to Apply to Become an ICA Chapter

The process to become an ICA Chapter requires several steps. The duration of the process depends on several factors such as the professional history and experience of the prospective chapter, any existing relationship the prospective chapter or its leadership team might have had with the ICA, membership and other requirements, and others. Each chapter is individually assessed.

Review application steps:

Step 1: Review ICA Organizational Structure & Accompanying Documents

Please review the Umbrella Initiative with ICA Organizational Structure and Application + Strategic Plan Requirements to ensure clear understanding of expectations of ICA Chapters and to decide what type of ICA Chapter would be best suited for your organization (i.e. MOU or Affiliate Chapter). 

If you are unsure what type of chapter is most appropriate for your organization, also review: What type of ICA Chapter should we apply for?

Note: At least one (1) person from the prospective ICA Chapter's leadership team should be an ICA member for at least one (1) year before the team is eligible to apply to become an ICA Chapter. At time of application at least three (3) members of the leadership team need to be registered ICA members and remain members during the lifecourse of the ICA Chapter status.

Step 2: Pre-application

  • Email us to schedule an online meeting with us to discuss mutual expectations and any outstanding questions.
  • Following the initial meeting present to us a basic 3-year Strategic Plan for your prospective chapter to provide us with some insight into your intended direction.
  • Every 6 months provide updates of achieved intentions outlined in the Strategic Plan.
  • Attend the ICA Conference to meet the ICA leadership team.
  • Receive an invitation from us to apply as an ICA Chapter.

Step 3: Application - Complete & Submit the Application/Strategic Plan form

Once you have received an invitation to apply as an ICA Chapter, you will need to submit an Application + Strategic Plan. The documentation should be submitted via THIS FORM (for both MOU Chapter or Affiliate Chapter). The responses in the form must be written in English (official documents and other attachments may be uploaded in the original language).

Before submitting the form, review the checklist that provides direction for the required content to be submitted in the form: Application + Strategic Plan Requirements

Step 4: Receive an MOU/Agreement for signing

Once the application to become an ICA Chapter on the basis of the submitted Strategic Plan and accompanying documentation has been reviewed and approved by the ICA Board, the applicant organization will be invited to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or Agreement (depending on type of Chapter – MOU or Affiliate). When both parties sign the MOU or Agreement, the applicant becomes an official ICA Chapter.

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