Should I join INCE-USA?

If you are active in the fields of Noise Control Engineering, Architectural Acoustics, Sound and Vibration, Environmental Noise, Product Noise Control, or NVH, consider joining the Institute of Noise Control Engineering INCE-USA.

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Why become a Member of INCE-USA?

INCE-USA has supported those working in noise control since 1971. As the only professional society devoted solely to Noise Control Engineering, INCE-USA provides a unique forum for technical exchange, networking, and professional growth. INCE-USA provides a wide range of services to its nearly 1,000 Members and Associates. These include:

Interested in learning more? Visit the links below or complete the membership application!

How do I become a Member of INCE-USA?

To become an INCE-USA Member, you must:

  • Meet the requirements for Membership described below;
  • Submit an INCE-USA Member Application Form via mail, along with the annual INCE-USA Membership fee of USD$125 to:

Membership Secretariat
Institute of Noise Control Engineering
11130 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 350
Reston, VA 20191

Successful applicants for INCE-USA Member must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be enrolled as an INCE-USA Associate or Student Associate. If you haven't already enrolled as an Associate, your application for membership will automatically enroll you as an Associate while your credentials are under review;
  2. Have earned a baccalaureate (or equivalent four-year academic degree) or higher degree from a qualified program in engineering, physical science, or architecture offered by an accredited university or college;
            OR
    Have had at least one singly authored paper or two first-author papers published (or accepted for publication) in the Noise Control Engineering Journal (NCEJ);
  3. Have achieved a grade of “B” or better in, or instructed, at least one full-semester course (3 or more credit hours) devoted to the physical principles of acoustics, offered by an accredited university or college;
            OR
    Have demonstrated at least five years experience in Noise Control Engineering, involving professional practice, research, teaching, or any combination thereof;
  4. Have your application for membership endorsed by an INCE-USA Member in good standing.

In lieu of requirements (2) and (3) above, you can sit for the INCE Fundamentals Examination. If you attain a satisfactory grade on the examination, that will be considered sufficient for election to membership.

The INCE Board of Directors, or a committee designated by the Board of Directors, considers all applications for membership.

Upon election to INCE-USA Member status, the Membership Secretariat will inform you of your status.

Duly elected Members of the Institute may use the letters "INCE-USA" following their names in professional correspondence, on business cards, and in curriculum vitae. No other abbreviations are authorized.

The INCE-USA New Member Handbook

Welcome to INCE-USA! Becoming a member of an organization can be daunting. We know you have many questions, and that you want to participate in the Institute.

The INCE-USA New Member Handbook will answer many of your questions and give you many of the resources you need to take an active role. The Handbook was compiled by Eric Wood, a past President of INCE and the current President of the INCE Foundation.

How do I become an Associate or Student Associate of INCE-USA?

Associate status is available to anyone interested in Noise Control Engineering.

To become an INCE-USA Associate, you must:

  • Affirm an interest in noise control engineering;
  • Complete and sign an INCE-USA Associate Application Form, and mail the form along with the annual INCE-USA Associate fee of USD$125 to:
    • Membership Secretariat
      Institute of Noise Control Engineering
      11130 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 350
      Reston, VA 20191

To become an INCE-USA Student Associate, you must:

  • Affirm an interest in noise control engineering;
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in engineering, physics or architecture at a college or university having at least one ABET- or ACSA-accredited program;
  • EITHER Complete and sign an INCE-USA Associate Application Form, and mail the form (no fee is required) to:
    • Membership Secretariat
      Institute of Noise Control Engineering
      11130 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 350
      Reston, VA 20191
  • OR Register for a NOISECON conference or Internoise Congress held in North America as a student, gaining status as a Student Associate for one year.

Upon receipt and review of the application by the INCE-USA Membership Secretariat, the applicant will be notified in writing of his/her acceptance as an INCE-USA Associate or Student Associate.

How do I become Board Certified in Noise Control?

Board Certification in Noise Control is a professional certification which recognizes comprehensive professional expertise in Noise Control Engineering. Follow the link to learn more about the process of earning Board Certification.

Status as an INCE Member is encouraged, but it is not required to achieve Board Certification in Noise Control. This major change in Board Certification was enacted by INCE-USA in February, 2018.

Are there different "classes" of membership in INCE-USA?

NO! The Institute has a single class of membership: INCE-USA Member.

A Member must meet certain specific criteria in terms of education/professional publications and/or experience. Associates and Student Associates literally "associate" themselves with the Institute. They are not Members of INCE-USA; they are not entitled to designate themselves as "INCE-USA".

The Institute's special designations, including Fellow of the Institute and Distinguished International Member, are recognitions of honor conferred by the INCE-USA Board of Directors. They do not represent special classes of membership. Designees are not entitled to any special privileges within the Institute.

Board Certification is not a separate class of membership in INCE-USA. As of February, 2018, Membership in INCE-USA, though encouraged, is no longer required to achieve Board Certification in Noise Control Engineering.

Sustaining Members

  • Kolano and Saha Engineers, Inc.
  • Herrick
  • Blachford
  • ACO
  • Scantek
  • SandV
  • CGA
  • NCE
  • HMMH
  • ECORE
  • PSU
  • Illingworth
  • EAR
  • CT
  • Regupol
  • Fabreeka
  • USG