We are the Experiential Designers & Producers Association. Let’s develop new ideas, share our stories and learn from one another. And together, as engaged EDPA Members, let us be what we truly are—the future of face-to-face engagement!
— Donna Shultz, EDPA President


The EDPA continuously teams up with membership and outside resources to bring you the information that you need to remain relevant and competitive. 

Compensation Survey
gauging your organization with hundreds of others

Economic Pulse Survey
A quarterly snapshot of industry trends

Custom Economic Survey
We do the work, you gain the insights

Portable–Modular Survey
Industry sector insights

CEIR Reports
EDPA members have access at no cost   www.ceir.org

 Biweekly EDPA and Thought-leader Blogs

Membership Directory

EDPA Sustainable Resource Directory



The EDPA has strong regional and international chapter activity that provides access to a variety of networking opportunities for members and partners alike.

Through our chapters, along with participation in ACCESS each year, our members gain insights and intelligence that is simply unavailable elsewhere.

Your peers have the ability to add their personal experiences and opinions to topical discussions around legislation, trends and national and international issues creating economic impact.   


ACCESS Annual Conference & Showcase

ACCESS provides a platform for prospective EDPA members and members alike to  share and engage in programs and play at a professional conference unlike any other.

Industry providers and partners also have the opportunity to bring you their best in our industry showcase so that your organization has the opportunity to meet

 University Affiliation Programs at Bemidji State University and FIT
We remain committed to supporting a strong foundation of new talent that will choose Exhibit and Event industry as career.

Regional Chapter Activities and EDPA Roadshow Events
Members are continually exposed to opportunities to both expand their knowledge and discover different perspectives. 

When you join the EDPA, you'll be:


Growing Your Business

New Business Lead Referrals

EDPA Annual Membership Directory & Access to Online Directory thru Members Only Website

Educational Publications for You and Your Clients

Access to EDPA Member and Prospect Lists For Marketing

EDPA Exhibit Fabrication and Service Standards Document

Benchmarking the Industry

Custom Exhibit Economic Survey

Compensation Survey with Job Descriptions

Portable Modular Dealer Survey

Access to related content from the Event Marketing Institute (EMI)

Access to CEIR surveys and reports (via EDPA Membership)


Staying Ahead of the Curve

EDPA.com - Informative Website featuring Member News and Members Only Section

EDPA Alert - Monthly Electronic Newsletter

 EDPA Global Insights – Quarterly Printed Newsletter with “Trendspotters” feature article

Affiliations with Event Design, Event Marketer Magazine, Exhibit City News and Exhibitor Magazine



Each year at the EDPA ACCESS Conference, five different awards are given to recognize amazing work in the industry. By becoming a member, you are eligible for entry. 


EDPA Certification Program


EDPA Certification, equivalent to the “Good Housekeeping Seal,” that recognizes exhibit organizations on the basis of business integrity, capabilities and operational practices.  This credential is awarded to companies who meet the EDPA's stringent standards for business practices and is shared amongst only the highest-qualified exhibit designers and producers in the industry.

Launched in early 2014, the EDPA Certification Program was created in response to an industry survey of corporate trade show exhibitors that revealed a desire for more transparency and consistency during the RFP process.  Certification is granted by iCompli, an independent third party audit firm who reviews the member company’s application and verifies compliance with standards and practices. 

What does this mean for your organization?

This certification bestows the confidence that you are working with an elite company and that your resources and time are being used as efficiently as possible.  The EDPA Certification assures prospective clients that the member company adheres to industry standards and best practices relating to ethical business practices, industry experience and participation, fiscal responsibility and operational methodology. 

EDPA Certified Companies:


"The program was developed with the members in mind and every step of the way I have seen that guiding principle in action – from the original conception, to the application design, certification process, pricing, promotion, etc.  This is a model for how other associations should develop member certification programs.  iCompli is very proud to be part of this effort and we very much appreciate the confidence you have shown in us.  We look forward to making this program a resounding success for EDPA and its members."
- Karl Pfalzgraf, iCompli



Interested in gaining access to the premier group of professionals in the face-to-face marketing industry? Fill out the form below and we will contact you soon with more information on how to join the EDPA.

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