"IPOA believes membership in an ethical association should pay for itself through increased value, business networking, partnerships and other benefits."
Doug Brooks, President at IPOA
IPOA brings its member companies together with a wide variety of industry stakeholders, including government, international organizations, NGOs and corporate clients. IPOA has rapidly become a leading industry forum for networking.
IPOA advocates on behalf of the industry to policy-makers around the world in order to influence legislation and regulation of the industry to allow companies to operate as effectively as possible without compromising ethical standards.
Leadership and Participation
IPOA provides ample opportunity for member companies to guide the activities and outreach of the Association through its Committee System. All IPOA members are allowed — and indeed, are encouraged — to take part in IPOA’s Committees. Committees include the Executive Committee, Membership Committee, Standards Committee, Government and Legal Affairs Committee and the Private Security Companies Working Group.
Standards and Ethics
IPOA has rapidly become the gold standard for companies in the private peace and stability operations industry. Companies that join IPOA are required to follow the IPOA Code of Conduct, a widely-recognized document that covers ethical operations.
Information and Outreach
IPOA provides a vast array of information about the industry not only to member companies but also the government, media and the general public at-large. IPOA is respected as a leading authority on contracting and peace operations in the world.
IPOA has appeared in countless television and radio programs and have been quoted in hundreds of newspaper articles. When key issues concerning the industry arise, IPOA speaks with one unified voice, providing the broader industry perspective.
Key Industry Events
IPOA holds a number of events on key industry issues. Events include conferences, roundtables and networking receptions. Previous events have focused on issues such as AFRICOM, humanitarian security, interoperability, and Sudan.
IPOA is committed to providing a high level of return on investment to companies that join. Here are some things that IPOA members have had to say about the Association.
“Hart has been a member of IPOA since late 2004 and believes that the aims of IPOA reflect those of the company. Above all, Hart recognizes the importance of voluntary regulation of the global security industry. In working within the ethos and codes set out by the IPOA, Hart is sending a signal that it maintains exemplary standards in recruitment, training and operations and is proud to be a member company.”
- Simon Falkner OBE, HART
"Our membership in IPOA has helped differentiate our company by the fact that our clients can see that we live up to the highest standard within the industry. By such IPOA has helped us win contracts."
Roland Vargoega, Dynsec AB
"IPOA promotes ethics and standards, as well as offers networking and partnership opportunities."
- Paul Camp, AMECO
“IPOA represents and presents growth and maturity in the Industry.”
- Bill Clontz, MPRI
The various levels of membership and the schedule of annual dues are established by the member companies of ISOA. There are three levels of membership in ISOA that are designed to cater to the many different companies within this diverse industry. The Membership Year lasts for twelve months from the acceptance date (or the anniversary of the acceptance date) for a company.
Small Businesses - Annual Dues: USD 6,000
Small businesses can apply for ISOA membership at a special reduced rate. The threshold for small businesses is determined according to SBA standards and is set at organizations making less than $7 million annually.
Tier 3 - Annual Dues: USD 10,000
Tier 3 Standard Membership is allocated for companies and organizations generating between $7 million and $250 million in revenue annually. This tier is also reserved for support companies and organizations that do not deploy in the fields themselves.
Tier 2 - Annual Dues: USD 12,500
Tier 2 Standard Membership represents companies and organizations generating between $250 million and $500 million per year.
Tier 1 - Annual Dues: USD 15,000
Tier 1 Standard Membership is designated for the leading companies and organizations in the industry generating $500+ million annually.
Becoming a member of IPOA is a process that is not automatic. At IPOA we take our standards very seriously. Member companies are determined to allow only the most ethical and professional companies into the Association.