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.


Complete the online 2018 Membership Application

View the list of criteria for each membership category

  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. 

For members that joined IOA between July 1 and October 31 of a current year, will receive a prorated membership renewal invoice in the subsequent year.

The Membership Year is from January 1 to December 31 of each calendar year.

Memberships are individual and non-refundable and are non-transferable. 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 +1-847-686-2242. 

The term Ombudsman is used to communicate to the widest possible community and is not intended to discourage others from using alternatives. IOA respectfully acknowledges that many practitioners use alternative forms of this word.


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