In addition to being part of the premier organization of local government professionals worldwide, membership with ICMA provides you with rights and privileges and access to information to support you as a professional, the communities you serve, and the profession you value.

CAOs & ACAOs have the following featured benefits:

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Full members and Affiliate members with 5 years local government experience and 5 years of ICMA membership, may vote on:

  • Elections to the ICMA Executive Board
  • Updates to the ICMA Constitution
Participate in the Voluntary Credentialing Program, a self-directed program where ICMA members may earn the designation of ICMA Credentialed Manager (ICMA-CM) granted by the ICMA Executive Board. Eligible to apply
Receive personal and financial support with the Members in Transition program if you have been fired, forced to resign or otherwise involuntarily separated Included

All members share the following core benefits:

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Receive unlimited 1-on-1 coaching with ICMA CoachConnect Included
Participate in member only online discussions with ICMA Connect Included
Receive professional advice with the Senior Advisor Program Included
Receive a print and digital subscription to PM Magazine Included
Access the Leading Ideas Series and other premium web content Included
Pledge to uphold the ICMA Code of Ethics and receive ethics advice Included
Receive support for the Council Manager/Form of Government Included
Participate in the ICMA Awards Program Included
Volunteer in ICMA committees and task forces Included
Enroll in the Equity Officer Institute Included
Enroll in the Leadership Institute on Race, Equity, and Inclusion Included
Enroll your domestic partner in a scholarship to attend the ICMA Annual conference with the Member Partners Program Included
Attendance to the ICMA Annual Conference & Regional Conference Discounted rate

Leadership programs such as:

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Buy professional development courses in the ICMA University Discounted rate
Buy publications in the ICMA Bookstore Discounted rate
Buy job ads in the ICMA Job Center Discounted rate

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How to Join or Renew


Complete your online application to join ICMA. In most cases, your online membership application will be processed within moments so that you can begin enjoying member benefits immediately.

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By Mail

Processing of memberships by mail typically take up to two to three weeks to establish.

  1. Download the membership application (PDF)
  2. Mail application and check to:
    ICMA Membership
    P.O. Box 79403, Baltimore, MD 21279-0403

Do you have questions about membership with ICMA?

Call the ICMA Member Benefits & Services Team at 800-745-8780 or 202-962-3680 or email

Other membership information

  • Membership will not be established without dues payment in full.
  • All payments must be made in U.S. currency.
  • Purchase orders are not considered payment. ICMA recognizes that many employers require a signed purchase order to process payment. Send purchase orders to ICMA for signature.
  • Membership may not be transferred from one person to another. ICMA is a professional association and ICMA membership belongs to the individual, not the employer.
  • ICMA will not provide a dues refund if a member leaves current employment; membership travels with the individual to his or her next position.