Reasons to Join

You can be part of something important

Lighting designers, consultants, engineers and all professionals working to deliver “excellence in lighting” make up the most influential professional lighting association in the UK and Ireland.

You can help lighting change the world

A registered charity committed to raising awareness about the importance of lighting, the ILP supports lighting for crime prevention, urban beautification, road safety, healthier lives and public benefit.

You can influence government

The ILP is regularly consulted by governments on legislation and regulations. We ensure that proposed measures are both effective and practicable and represent members’ views.

You can support young lighting professionals

The Young Lighting Professionals group is part of the ILP and provides a special focus for those interested in or developing a career in lighting.

You can receive "lighting's best magazine"

The Lighting Journal is the official magazine of the Institution, packed with technical developments, research, case studies, new products and services, news, opinion and debate. Posted to your door and available digitally on our website.

You can learn and develop at relevant events and training

The ILP organises regular educational lighting events, exhibitions, conferences and forums. We focus on making events accessible, relevant and affordable, to provide you with an easy way to learn about the latest in lighting.

You can demonstrate your competence

CDM guidance requires employers to ensure lighting designers are competent. Our Continuous Professional Development programme enables you to acquire, maintain and update skills and demonstrate competence. You can achieve your full potential, reach personal objectives, strengthen professional credibility and accelerate career development.

You can rely on the Institution for professional advice

Our technical study panels contribute to British, European and International Standards and produce technical reports on a wide range of lighting topics, providing essential guidance to the profession. Technical advice is available via the Institution’s Professional Service Managers.

You can gain professional credibility

Only the ILP can grant permission for the post nominal letters AMILP, MILP and FILP to appear after your name. We also provide a registration service for EngTech, IEng and CEng and guide you through the process.

You can network locally and nationally with your peers

The ILP’s branches and national team all run a busy programme of events and communications. Face to face and digitally, you can build a strong network of lighting contacts happy to share knowledge, advice and support.

You can save a lot of money

ILP members receive a 40% discount on most on most of our training, events and publications. It makes great financial sense to join the ILP.

Become a Member

of the UK and Ireland’s Premier Professional Lighting Organisation

Types of Membership

There are six key types, or grades, of ILP membership. We offer membership individually or as a corporate group membership option.


Membership is free of charge for students and trainees in some way involved in lighting (max of three years) and receiving no or low financial remuneration.


Membership is free of charge for all full time apprentices some way involved in lighting (max of three years).


Open to anyone who has received a general standard of education and is engaged or interested in lighting or a related discipline.

Associate Member (AMILP)

Associate Members perform specialist technical roles and apply proven knowledge, techniques and procedures to the solution of lighting technology or management problems in a variety of contexts.  You will also have a personal responsibility for outcomes, and should hold a minimum of ONC qualification, or an assessed academic / work-based learning equivalent.

Subject to compliance with Engineering Council requirements, AMILPs may be registered with the Engineering Council as Engineering Technician (EngTech).

Member (MILP)

Members of the ILP are professional practitioners with sufficient competence to be operating at a responsible level in a lighting-related role. You are likely to hold a minimum of HNC qualification, or an assessed academic / work- based learning equivalent.

Furthermore, Members are characterised by their ability to develop appropriate solutions to lighting problems, using new or existing technologies, through innovation, creativity and change.

Subject to compliance with Engineering Council requirements, MILPs may be registered as Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Fellow (FILP)

Any person who has been a Member (MILP) for at least 10 years and is expected during this time to be engaged in the practice of lighting, or the design/development of lighting installations or equipment or a related engineering field determined from time to time, by the Executive Board, may become a Fellow.

This time can be reduced to 5 years if the Executive Board deems the applicant to have superior experience and have made a substantial contribution towards furthering the objectives of the Institution during this time.

Membership Fees


Jan – Dec 2024 £243
Apr – Dec 2024 £183
Jul – Dec 2024 £122
Mid Sep – Dec 2025 £243

Fees are payable pro-rata in the first year and include a joining fee.


Full fee




Associate Member £243
Affiliate £243
Retired £84


CEng £45.91
IEng £38.96


CEng (retired)


IEng (retired)


EngTech (retired)


Rejoining fee – £50
This admin fee applies to former members whose membership has lapsed for more than two years and wish to rejoin.

Students and Apprentices
If you are a Student or an Apprentice you are able to join the ILP free of charge. You should be undertaking some form of lighting education or on an apprenticeship scheme to qualify.  To see if you are eligible, please email

If you are an existing ILP member and have been made redundant, you can claim free membership for one year, please email

Become a Member

of the UK and Ireland’s Premier Professional Lighting Organisation

If permission/sponsorship to become a member, retain membership or upgrade membership to a higher level is required, then please download our Fee Payment Request Form and pass on to your line manager.

The ILP seeks to be as inclusive as possible, so if you have any concerns about applying for membership / attending our Exterior Lighting Diploma courses, LDC local events or our one-day courses for whatever reason please let us know and we will try to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that you can fully engage with the ILP.