The UIAA does not accept individual memberships. Only national climbing and mountaineering associations are eligible to join the UIAA as Active Members.
For each country, only one mountaineering association has the full right of vote at the annual UIAA General Assembly. More than one mountaineering association from a country can become an Associate Member without voting rights, except on financial matters, provided they are of national or relevant regional importance. A decision on the admission of such associations will only be made after consultation with the member association which holds the voting rights of the relevant country and having due regard to that association’s comments. The UIAA also has Observer Members who do not have the right to vote but are eligible to participate in certain services such as the training standards courses for an additional fee.
Member organizations become part of a global organization recognized by the International Olympic Committee. They are united by their passion for climbing and mountaineering and a commitment to improve all aspects of the sport including health, equipment, safety, competition climbing, access and the preservation of the mountain environment.
More specifically, member federations gain the following privileges:
Membership fees are on a sliding scale and calculated based on the number of members that belong to an individual federation.
The minimum fee for 0-300 members is 508 Swiss Francs (CHF) while the maximum for the federation with around one million members is approximately 23,000 Swiss Francs (CHF). In general matters, members are entitled to have 1 (one) vote. However, on financial, membership and admission issues, voting rights are calculated based on the number of members per federation.
To apply to become a member, please send the following information to the UIAA office:
For more information please read the following two documents:
The UIAA Articles of Association which provide more details about admission fees
The membership matrix that outlines rights and obligations of UIAA members