New Members – Application Procedure

IFSC Membership Information

IFSC Levels of Membership

MembershipVoteGovernance & Sport ManagementIFSC Events HostingIFSC Events ParticipationAnnual Fee
Member All All All All


2000 €


Associate Member Continental PA Continental Continental All 1000 €
Continental Member

  Continental PA

Continental Continental Continental: compulsory WCH, YWCH and Continental CH

250 min CC can charge more

Developing Continental Member

No No No Compulsory Continental CH or WCH 100 €
Observer Member No Yes, if approved by the relevant IFSC national Member Yes, if approved by the relevant IFSC national Member No 2000

Download the Membership Application Form (pdf file)



    Membership of IFSC is open to national climbing organisations, uniquely representing climbing and climbing competitions in that country. In addition, the organisation must:
  1. be organised with bye-laws acceptable to IFSC;
  2. be open to participation without regard to race, colour, religion, national origin, gender;
  3. be controlled by its members according to democratic principles.

Application process

Membership applications should be made through the Secretary-General and/or through the IFSC office. Applications should include the following :


  • Information about the applicant - name, address, email, website, key contacts.
  • Copy of the body's statutes and bye-laws if applicable.
  • Statement of number of active members.
  • Latest annual financial accounts and bank statement.
  • Latest annual report of activities of the organisation.
  • Brief history of the organisation.
  • Statement of the legal status of the organisation (eg incorporation, non-profit etc).


  • Organisation website.
  • Evidence (eg websites, photographs, media clippings, video) of national championships or other major competitive events held.
  • Evidence of participation of teams in international competition.
  • Evidence of regional reach within the country.
  • Newsletter (paper or electronic) or other communications to the membership.
  • Plans for development of competition climbing sports and the organisation.
  • Reference from at least 1 existing member of IFSC.
  • Reference from a government agency.
    The IFSC office will follow-up with individual applications.

Membership Benefits

  • Competition - The ability to compete in International events such as World Championships, Continental Championships, World and Continental Cup series events. IFSC works to ensure that these events are the best climbing competitions in the world.
  • Sport Promotion – International events such as those mentioned above provide opportunities for all members to promote our sport by bringing the best in the world together at a single event.
  • Athlete pathways – International events give your athletes something to strive for beyond your national championships.
  • Event standards - IFSC events are produced to the highest standards, serving as a model for competition at national level, and providing resources that can be reused by national organisations.
  • Hosting - The opportunity to host international events, and the financial, administrative and athletic rewards that come with hosting.
  • Rules - Standard rules for all climbing competitions that are used throughout the vast majority of the world.
  • Representation - Members have a voice in decision-making processes which affect competition climbing globally, nationally and locally.
  • Communication - IFSC is a forum for international discussion on the development of competition climbing and sharing of ideas and expertise. IFSC shares information about climbing to its members through email lists and website.
  • Lobbying - IFSC promotes climbing in the international sporting community through its membership in international organizations.
  • World Records - Administering world records and the standards by which they are set.
  • Inspiration - Athletes that compete internationally often become inspired to get more involved with administration at a local or national level and drive organisations and teams to achieve more.
  • Expansion - IFSC facilitates the establishment of climbing in new countries, through developing ties with established neighbouring national organisations, supplying administrative advice and providing models for competition and development. The establishment of new national organisations provide variety in competition for its existing members, closer to home, and enriches the cultural experience of climbing.

Membership Fees

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