IOC membership ensures that you are recognised as a quality professional with the necessary levels of academic achievement, experience, training and integrity.


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NCA winners

Calling National Courier Award Winners or Shortlisters. You are entitled to a 50% membership discount !

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Membership benefits

Becoming a member or fellow provides you with professional recognition for your courier industry related skills, experience and achievements, which will enhance your career prospects. Tangible evidence will take the form of post-nominal letters. Membership gives you the edge over the competition, delivering you sector knowledge via the weekly news briefings. You get access to the week ahead sector news; the IOC Sunday email briefing. This includes detail updates from Govt depts, including DfT, regional roads from the likes of TfL and TfGM. Changes in regulation from DVSA and others and many sector inputs from experts in employment law, driver hours, leave-safe regulations &c. Fellows gain access to the sub-group meetings, which range from road safety to security - with coded links to access virtual meetings. Fellows get free-of-charge access to the quarterly Heads of Industry round tables, The round tables start with a free-of-charge network and natter lunch, then keynotes follow, from Govt to private sector. These cover issues ranging from future fuel values to insurance, worker status and much more. Commercial wins too; the IOC has organised a range of discount opportunities, including stationery specials with Viking. Membership also grants access to the Institute's many events and seminars. Information on these can be found in the Members section.

Membership levels

Different membership levels are available to individuals to reflect their experience, or qualifications. There are four main levels of individual membership; these are Student, Associate, Member and Fellow. Criteria for each level are detailed below.



Student membership is available for all persons in full-time education

There are no post nominals available for Student members.

Associate - AIOC

Associate status is suitable for those who fit into either of the following categories -

Member - MIOC

Member status is suitable for those who are currently active within an express delivery company and who fit into any of the following categories -

  • Completed and passed a higher level qualification or degree recognised by the IOC
  • Completed and passed a Trailblazer qualification at Level 6 in Express delivery
  • Office applicants: possess 5 years experience in the express delivery industry, including 3 years managerial experience
  • Road applicants: possess 5 years experience for 'road' applicants

You may apply by two routes, either the Qualification route or the Experiential route.


To apply in this route you need to fulfil the following specification:

Fellow - FIOC

Fellow status is available to those who are currently active within an express delivery company and is gained by completing two stages.


Stage One

Applicants must satisfy any of the following criteria:

It is normal that a individual seeking Fellow status will be invited for an interview. There is a charge for this.

Corporate membership

Corporate membership package for the Institute of Couriers

Corporate membership comes in three grades, Gold Silver and Bronze, each grade is aimed to match a particular size of corporate, delivering engagement of size. Gold is aimed at national brands who are likely to have guest tables at the National Courier Awards, fellows gowning guests etc. Silver is aimed a regional-size companies and Bronze is for smaller companies or those corporates who are less engaged with the events. All corporate membership packages feature a fixed three-year rolling fee.

Corporate membership begins with a phone call discussion with the IOC CEO Dr Tracey Worth on 07976 263745


10 places at National Courier Awards

2 senior ceremonial fellows

10 guests at fellows gowning

20 standard fellows

2 places at quarterly heads of industry

Unlimited Sunday news email links


Individual Member Fees

If you are a National Courier Award Winner / Shortlister you can receive a very special offer of a first-year 50% membership discount for Associate or MIoC. Quote your Category to claim your discount (within the year of presentation). The appropriate fee(s) must accompany all application forms.


Application fees

Application fees typically mirror annual membership fees for each membership stratum.

  • Student membership - is free to those in full-time education1
  • Associate Joining Fee2 - £85
  • MIOC application - qualification route3 - £185
  • MIOC application - experiential route3 - £185
  • FIOC* - experiential route3 4 - £225

New fellows can join at any time of the year, but membership is charged annually - either from February or July. Not all Fellows are ceremonially gowned at the House of Lords where the Fellow's Hood is received.

Summary costings for joining as Fellow are below and are payable with the satisfactory completion of the Fellow's application form, short CV and narrative of the individual's career.

All Prospective Fellows must be nominated by a current Fellow. If no current Fellow is known, a current Fellow will be sourced to support the nomination.

Fellows' Gowning - New Fellow's Charges

Joining Fee £225
Annual Membership £225 (min 5 years expected)
Fellows Hood £145 (if attending Ceremonial Gowning)
Ceremonial gowning Guests (min number of 4 inc New Fellow) at the House of Lords £185 per person

  1. full-time student status is demonstrated by e.g. provision of a valid e-mail address for all IoC correspondence.
  2. Administration fee is a one-off payment if membership is continuous.
  3. The application fee is a payable as a one-off payment at the time of applying for that member status. A subscription fee is for the period 1st July to 30th of June each year annual subscription fees apply in full at any time during this period.
  4. On some occasions an interview may be necessary to assess an applicant's knowledge and understanding. It is expected that if offered 'Fellow Status' that you will attend the House of Lords presentation and this will be charged out at the current 'Fellow's Gowning' charges.

*International applications are considered individually on application. Joining Fees and membership fees may differ from the shown UK member structure.


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