ILDA Accredited Professional Lasershow Company
A company does NOT have to be an ILDA Member, in order to receive IAPLC accreditation -- this is for any company, organization or individual that produces laser light show displays.
ILDA Professional applicants gain points for various activities such as doing laser shows or attending industry conferences. For each activity, there is a minimum number of points which must be earned. When the minimum has been earned in all activities, then the applicant can apply for accreditation. (The categories and point amounts were developed by ILDA's Professional Status Committee, and are subject to change at any time.)
Supporting documentation is required. It is not enough to state that a company did 15 laser shows; the shows must be listed along with some proof that the company did the show. The supporting documentation is mailed to ILDA for review and is kept on file at our office.
The activity areas are:
Keep in mind the goal is to accredit a company, organization or individual as being competent to do shows. This accreditation is not supposed to be too easy or too hard to achieve. It should fairly reflect what a professional laser show producer should have achieved.
The Accreditation Form (spreadsheet)
To make it easy to enter and review the required information, ILDA has developed an automated Excel spreadsheet. It has a Main Worksheet (shown at right; click to enlarge), plus 16 supporting color-coded worksheets where the applicant lists details about shows, awards, safety courses, and other activities.
Cells start out as red to show that not enough points have been reached. As information is entered on the supporting worksheet, points are updated.
When enough points have been reached in an activity, a cell turns green on both the supporting worksheet and on the Main Worksheet.
When all cells in all activity areas have turned green, then the applicant can submit the form. As noted above, the applicant also must submit separate documentation for most items as proof that the activity was done.
Not all companies may be immediately eligible for ILDA Professional accreditation. Companies may have much experience in some areas, but less experience in others. Part of the accreditation process is that a company have minimum experience in areas that the Professional Status Committee determined are important for ILDA and the laser show industry.
Minimum requirements at this time are as follows. A company must:
Who may apply: Any company, organization or individual who
produces laser light show displays may apply. You do not have to be an
ILDA Member, although Members receive discounts on the application and
Fill out the form: It is free for anyone to download and fill out the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet Accreditation Form. You should do this in order to find out the areas where you might need more work.
Gather needed documentation: The Accreditation Form lists the documentation that you must submit along with the Form. The documentation must be printed, so that it can be kept in file folders. Do NOT submit electronic documents, files, etc.
Pay the Application Fee: Once you have your completed Accreditation Form and your documentation, submit this to ILDA for processing. The Application Fee is $395 if you are a current ILDA Member, and $595 if you are not a current ILDA Member.
ILDA Review: After the Application Fee has been paid and documents submitted, your application will be reviewed by ILDA. If there is any problem such as incomplete documentation or not completing a requirement, you have up to one year in which to resolve the problem. (If the problem resolution takes more than a year, then a new Application Fee must be paid.)
Pay the Acceptance and Marketing Fee after the application
has been approved. The A&M Fee is used to support
costs of developing and maintaining the ILDA Professional program, to market ILDA Accredited companies, and for ILDA general
support. In addition, being willing to go through the process and being able to pay the fees for the
program are ways to help differentiate serious "professional" companies
from others who are not willing to apply or to pay for ILDA Accreditation.
Accreditation benefits: Once your application has been approved and your A&M Fee has been paid, you will be awarded with a trophy-like display. You may use the ILDA Accredited Professional Laser Company logo on your website and other marketing materials. ILDA Professional companies will be given special marketing emphasis in ILDA's directory and outreach efforts.
Re-accreditation: Accreditation is valid for four calendar
years from the approval date of the previous accreditation. A company
needs to reapply using the Re-Accreditation Form, to meet minimum
requirements for activities during the previous four years. A
Re-Application Fee must be paid, and after approval, a new Acceptance
and Marketing Fee must be paid which covers the next four years.
Revocation: ILDA may revoke accreditation for clear and significant violations of professional conduct, including:
In case of questions, disputes, etc: All ILDA certification and accreditation programs must address required elements such as autonomy, authority, rigorousness, due process, etc. These are discussed on a separate page.
List of changes to the IAPLC form and program
A list of version numbers and changes is on the last page of the downloadable Accreditation Form. See the worksheet "About ILDA, Accreditation and this form".
In August 2010, the term "ILDA Professional" was introduced as a shorter, easier-to-say alternative to identify the ILDA Accredited Professional Lasershow Company program.