Membership of ICDE is available to teaching institutions offering post-secondary and/ or adult education, research institutions, educational authorities and agencies, educational service companies ('institutional membership'), and individuals engaged in education and training throughout the world ('individual membership'). ICDE welcomes membership applications both from educational institutions which do and do not offer predominantly open and distance or online courses. Associate membership is also available for not-for-profit membership organizations.
Admittance to membership for institutions, educational authorities and agencies and companies seeking membership is subject to approval by the ICDE Executive Committee. These must be recognized in their own country or region and in good standing with ICDE, and must conduct educational operations in accordance with codes of ethics in distance learning. Documentary evidence of this must be provided to ICDE upon request, and can be asked for at any time.