This page describes the membership structure of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the United States of America, Inc. (INCE-USA). Individuals having professional responsibilities or an interest in noise control engineering at any level may participate in the activities of the Institute.
INCE-USA includes a broad representation of individuals who have a professional interest in research, teaching, and engineering applications involving all aspects of noise control.
Any Noise Control professional who meets the qualification requirements, regardless of membership status, is eligible for professional certification as Board Certified in Noise Control.
INCE-USA also confers the status of Fellow upon exemplary Members, and selects Distinguished International Members from among our colleagues outside the USA. Both honors originate from peer nominations.
Sustaining Members are companies, consultancies, and organizations that, through financial support of INCE-USA, are recognized as key participants in the world of Noise Control.
Additional information for current or prospective Associates and Members can be found in the INCE-USA Membership Handbook.
The status of Associate in INCE-USA is available to anyone with a professional interest in Noise Control. An INCE Associate is not an INCE Member, but may apply to become an INCE-USA Member. Associate status is available to anyone, regardless of their country of residence.
If you would like to become an Associate of INCE-USA, more detailed information is available here.
Full-time students enrolled in engineering, physics or architecture at a college or university having at least one ABET- or ACSA-accredited program, are eligible to become Student Associates of INCE-USA without cost.
If you would like to become a Student Associate of INCE-USA, more detailed information is available here.
The status of Member of INCE-USA is available to Associates and Student Associates who have completed the requirements and application for membership and have been duly elected by the INCE-USA Board of Directors. Member status is available to anyone meeting the specified requirements, regardless of their country of residence.
INCE-USA Members are entitled to use the abbreviation "Member, INCE-USA" following their names in professional correspondence, on calling cards and in curriculum vitae.
If you would like to become a Member of INCE-USA, more detailed information is available here.
INCE-USA offers Board Certification in Noise Control. Board Certification is formal recognition of the highest professional capability in the practice of Noise Control Engineering. Many projects that use the services of a Noise Control Engineer require Board Certification status to assure professional competence. Board Certification is available to any noise control professional meeting the specified requirements, regardless of their country of residence.
Professionals who are Board Certified in Noise Control are entitled to use the abbreviation "INCE Bd. Cert." following their names in professional correspondence, on calling cards and in curriculum vitae.
If you would like to know more about becoming Board Certified in Noise Control, more information is available here.
The honorary status of INCE-USA Distinguished International Member is conferred by the INCE-USA Board of Directors upon those eminent individuals, residing outside of the USA,who have made extraordinarily significant contributions to the theory and/or practice of Noise Control Engineering.
Nominations for Distinguished International Member are submitted by a committee of peers who are active in Noise Control Engineering within the country of the proposed nominee.
INCE-USA Distinguished International Members are entitled to use the abbreviation "INCE Dist. Intn'l. Mem." following their names in professional correspondence, on calling cards and in curriculum vitae.
The annual fee for both INCE-USA Associates and Members is USD$125. Payment entitles you to receive an annual membership directory, on-line access to Noise/News International (quarterly), Noise Control Engineering Journal (bimonthly), and the INCE Digital Library which contains all the proceedings from all NOISECON Conferences and Internoise Congresses.
Distinguished International Members do not pay an annual fee; contributions to the INCE Foundation in lieu of the membership fee are gratefully accepted.
No fee is required in order to sit for a regularly scheduled INCE Fundamentals Examination.
The fee for the INCE Professional Examination, required for Board Certification in Noise Control, is listed on page four of the application form.
Candidates for specially scheduled INCE examinations will be required to prepay a special examination fee to defray the expenses of preparing and administering those examinations.
Information on all matters relating to membership, including application forms for INCE Associates and INCE Members, and for Board Certification in Noise Control Engineering, may be obtained by contacting:
Institute of Noise Control Engineering
INCE Business Office
11130 Sunrise Valley Dr., Suite 350
Reston, VA 20191
+1 703 234 4061 (Phone)
+1 703 435 4390 (Fax)
The following policy statements have been reprinted from the INCE President's Handbook.
CONCEPT: By paying the fixed amount of lifetime membership dues in one lump sum, any Member shall be entitled to lifetime membership in the Institute without paying any further annual membership dues.
POLICY: (1981 December 03; revised 1989 December 03; revised 1991 April 29)
The one-sum lifetime dues payment is an optional method for payment of dues for INCE Members. The one-sum payment is a multiple of the annual membership dues then authorized. The sum depends upon the age of the member, age being determined as of the end of the calendar year in which dues become payable. The age and rate structures for future lifetime dues payments are reviewed periodically for adjustments as needed. For an INCE Member whose age is less than 30, the multiple of annual dues is 16; for a Member whose age is between 30 and 39, the multiple of annual dues is 14; and for a Member whose age is between 40 and 59, the multiple of annual dues is 12. For Members aged 65 and over, the multiple of the annual dues is 6. For Members aged between 60 and 65, the following table applies:
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All one-sum lifetime dues payments will be retained in a separate account that will be known as the INCE Life Membership Fund. At the discretion of the Board of Directors, the income from the Fund may be withdrawn to pay for the Life Member's share of his member services, if this income is required. The fund shall be managed by the Treasurer under the guidance of the INCE Life Membership Fund Committee, which shall consist of the President, Immediate Past President, President-elect, Treasurer and Finance Committee Chairman. An accounting for the fund shall be submitted to the Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors for a review by the Board. An INCE Member who makes a one-sum lifetime dues payment will be known as an INCE Life Member.
CONCEPT: INCE Members or Associates who are retired may, at their own request, become Members Emeriti or Associate Emeriti.
POLICY: (1980 January 19; revised 1989 December 03; revised 1991 April 29; revised 2004 January 25; revised 2015 February 7; revised 2016 June 12)
Emeritus status is available on request to any INCE-USA Member or Associate age 65 and over without regard to employment status. The INCE-USA Member Emeritus shall not be eligible to serve as an Officer or Director, but otherwise shall have all the other privileges of an INCE-USA Member. The INCE-USA Associate Emeritus shall have all the privileges of an INCE-USA Associate. Payment of annual dues is not required. During the yearly membership renewal cycle each Member Emeritus and Associate Emeritus will be sent a message of appreciation and requesting a voluntary donation to the INCE Foundation. All requests will be processed by the INCE-USA Business Office, which will inform the Vice President of Membership.
An INCE Member remains "in good standing" with the Institute as long as dues are paid for the current year. In the event of a change in job assignment, illness, or for some other reason, an INCE Member may wish to discontinue membership in the Institute. After a period of years, the former INCE Member may wish to be reinstated "in good standing" in the Institute. This policy statement describes the actions to be taken in the event of resignation, reinstatement, or removal of an INCE Member.
POLICY (1980 January 19; revised 1989 December 03; revised 1991 April 29; revised 1994 May 01; reaffirmed 1997 January 19; revised 2002 February 24; revised 2016 January 31)
Resignation: If by nonpayment of dues, an INCE Member indicates the desire to discontinue membership, we encourage that person to submit a letter of resignation to the INCE Vice President for Membership. A copy of this Policy Statement may be sent to the resignee with the response from the INCE Vice President for Membership.
Reinstatement: In the event a former INCE Member has resigned, and wishes to be reinstated after a lapse of one or more years, he or she must submit a written request, addressed to the INCE Vice President-Membership in care of the INCE Membership Secretariat, containing all of his or her current INCE contact information.
Removal: Members and Associates receive renewal notices for their annual dues on a monthly basis starting in November preceding the calendar year of membership. If dues are not paid as of the following April 1 of that calendar year, the Member or Associate is dropped from the active membership rolls. Membership can be renewed by contacting the INCE Business Office to pay the current dues amount.