Interested in joining YPO?

Please review the qualification criteria and frequently asked questions before completing an application. If you have questions about membership, email joinypo@ypo.org.

Membership Criteria

Qualifying Title

YPO membership is intended to be available to individuals who hold the top position of a qualifying company or division and are directly responsible for all operations of the business or division. Titles representing this position may include President, Chairman of the Board, CEO, Managing Director, or Managing Partner.

Note: There may only be one member of YPO per qualifying company or qualifying division of a company.

Qualifying AGE

A new application must be approved by YPO before the applicant reaches his or her 45th birthday. Exceptions may be made for new chapters only.

Corporation Definition

“Corporation,” as the term is used here, includes incorporated or limited business entities, partnerships and other forms of business organizations deemed, at the discretion of YPO’s Executive Committee, to be substantially equivalent to businesses incorporated under the laws of the appropriate legal jurisdiction. This definition also includes academic institutions, not-for-profit organizations and government entities. All corporations must be operating businesses not primarily generating passive income.

Qualifying Corporation Requirements

In addition to age and title, an applicant must be qualified by rules of corporate complexity established by the YPO Board. The candidate must meet one requirement from each category, meaning he or she must meet at least one “A” requirement and one “B” requirement below. In exceptional cases presented by currency devaluation or other circumstances, the corporation complexity criteria may be met in other ways.

Qualifying Corporation Requirements

In addition to age and title, an applicant must be qualified by rules of corporate complexity established by the YPO Board. The candidate must meet one requirement from each category, meaning he or she must meet at least one “A” requirement and one “B” requirement below.

“A” Requirements

Requirement #1

The candidate must have at least 50 regular, full-time employees or the equivalent under his or her control. Persons engaged on a commission basis rather than straight salary are considered employees if they are permanently connected with the corporation and receive their principal livelihood there from. Seasonal employees are not included in YPO’s employee definition.


Requirement #2

The total compensation of all employees, excluding the compensation of the candidate, must exceed USD2,000,000 and a 15 employee minimum.

“B” Requirements

Requirement #1

The corporation must meet dollar volume requirements based on the type of corporation he or she runs, as follows:

  • Sales/Services/Manufacturing corporations must have at least USD13,000,000 in gross annual sales or turnover.
  • Financial institutions* must have average annual assets of at least USD260,000,000.
  • Agency-type businesses must have annual fees or commissions billed of at least USD10,000,000.


Requirement #2

The corporation must have an enterprise value of USD20,000,000 as defined by one of the following:

  • Net worth of assets before depreciation of USD20,000,000.
  • Independent third-party investment/valuation of USD20,000,000.
  • The sum of the company’s public equity value plus its debt less cash must equal USD20,000,000.

* Financial Institutions is inclusive of corporations and firms that reflect a financial institution using assets under management such as central banks, retail and commercials banks, internet banks, credit unions, savings and loans associations, investment banks and companies, brokerage firms, insurance companies, mortgage companies, wealth management firms, trust and holding companies, investment traders and brokerages, private equity firms and family offices.

Please note: These are minimum requirements. Individual YPO chapters may require additional criteria. In addition, the membership criteria used in the application must be certified by an outside auditing firm or other approved independent third party. Only externally certified public accountants, chartered accountants or lawyers/attorneys are approved as independent third parties. Please note that individuals on the prospective YPO member company’s staff, regardless of title, are not authorized to certify the membership criteria.

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process

What information will I need to have available in order to complete the application?

In addition to personal and company demographic information, YPO asks that you provide:

  • The number of full-time employees under your direct responsibility
  • The amount of those employees’ annual compensation, excluding yourself
  • The annual gross sales/turnover for your company’s last fiscal year. We cannot accept projected revenue amounts. (The revenue listed should be representative of the revenue amount under your direct responsibility.)
  • The name and contact information of an external auditor (for third-party certification)
  • A brief description of your business
  • Optional information regarding your family, if applicable (i.e. spouse or partner’s name, gender, email and date of birth, and your children’s names, genders and dates of birth)
  • Later in the process a copy of your government-issued identification (e.g. passport, driver’s license or any other government-issued ID) will be requested for age verification.

If I cannot divulge my company’s financial information, how can I apply?

In order to qualify for membership, your company must meet the minimum membership criteria for payroll and revenue. It is not necessary to give the exact payroll or revenue amount, but you do need to state that your company meets the minimum criteria. For example, if using the sales/service revenue criteria, the gross annual sales revenue minimum is currently set at USD13 million. If your company is at or above that number, you can simply state the USD13 million rather than your actual revenues. The same can be done for the criteria for a financial institution or agency-type business or if using enterprise value to qualify.

What is YPO’s definition of a financial institution?

A financial institution is defined as a bank or credit union. Businesses such as asset management firms and financial advisors are defined as financial services and should list the amount of revenue received from managing their client’s assets.

I have a concern about the confidentiality of the information I am providing. Can you speak to this?

YPO will keep all applicant company information strictly confidential. The chapter chair, chapter membership officer and chapter administrator have access to the application but the information is not shared with any other members of the chapter. The Membership team shall not disclose this information without obtaining the applicant’s prior written consent to anyone other than the officers named above.

If I have applied to YPO previously, can I submit another membership application?

In order to re-apply for membership, please contact YPO at +1 800 773 7976 or via email at JoinYPO@ypo.org and a membership development manager will assist you. You will not be able to complete the online application as our system will not allow duplicate records.

I was in the process of completing an online application but I received an error message. What should I do?

Please contact YPO at +1 800 773 7976 or via email at JoinYPO@ypo.org for assistance. Please do not try to enter the information again as you will receive another error message.

I completed an online application and need to update the information. How can I do this?

In order to update your application, you will need to contact YPO at +1 800 773 7976 or via email at JoinYPO@ypo.org.

What is a third-party verification? Why is this necessary?

A third-party verification is required prior to joining YPO to authenticate that the applicant meets the quantitative membership criteria necessary for joining the organization. The information verified is the applicant’s job title, the number of employees and the annual compensation of those employees and the company sales/turnover or the enterprise value of the qualifying company. A third party is defined as the qualifying company’s CPA, chartered accountant, independent auditor or another external qualified source as approved by the YPO Board.

Who can I contact to find out the status of my application?

Please contact YPO at +1 800 773 7976 or via email at JoinYPO@ypo.org and a YPO membership development manager can assist you with the status of your application.

What is the cost to join YPO?

YPO membership dues are determined each year by the YPO Board of Directors. Chapters typically have their own additional dues and fee structures as determined by each chapter’s executive committee. For the current fiscal year (1 July – 30 June), YPO dues are set at USD3,750 and are pro-rated on a monthly basis. There is also a one-time initiation fee equal to that of the full annual dues amount. Chapter dues are in addition to the amounts listed above and the amounts vary by chapter.

I am currently over the age of 45, can I join YPO Gold rather than YPO?

You must first be a member of YPO in order to belong to YPO Gold. The criteria for joining YPO Gold is that you are at least 45 years of age and have been a YPO member in good standing for at least three years (excluding any grace period).

Application Submission

If I meet all the membership qualifications, will I automatically be accepted as a YPO member?

Meeting the specific quantitative requirements does not automatically guarantee admittance into YPO. There are other important, less easily defined requirements that also need to be met. These are qualitative in nature and are at the discretion of the current chapter’s executive committee.

How will my application be placed with a chapter?

If you designate on the membership application that you were referred by a YPO or YPO Gold member or by a specific chapter, your application will be placed with the referring chapter or with the chapter to which the referring member belongs or is suggesting.
If you are not already speaking to a specific chapter, your application will be placed with the closest geographic chapter to your business address.

What if I meet all YPO qualifying criteria, but the chapter I applied to indicates I do not fit their criteria. Do I have other options?

Yes, if there is another chapter in the local geographic area, your application can be reassigned to that chapter for consideration, or in areas where regional chapters exist, you may also be considered for membership in the regional chapter.

What if I relocate to another geographic area during the application process, what are my options?

Prospect applications can be reassigned from one chapter to another based on the request of the candidate. If a prospect relocates during the membership process, it is recommended you contact the chapter that you are being considered by and let them know the circumstances. Often the local chapter can refer you to another chapter in the area where you are relocating. You may also contact YPO at +1 800 773 7976 or via email at JoinYPO@ypo.org and a membership development manager will assist you.

What are the next steps after completing the application?

Once you complete a membership application, it will be reviewed by a YPO membership development manager. If all quantitative criteria are met, the application will be forwarded to a local chapter for their consideration. You should receive initial contact from either YPO or from a local chapter within approximately two weeks of the date you completed the application. On average, the membership process takes six months to complete. Once you have spoken to a local chapter there are a series of meetings you will attend (this process is chapter-specific). The process can also be based in part by the candidate’s schedule.

What if I do not hear from the local chapter within approximately two weeks from completing the application?  What can I expect and what are my options?

If a local chapter does not initiate contact within the appropriate timeframe your application can be reassigned to another chapter. There are numerous reasons where this might occur. A few examples are:

  • The local chapter is full and is not taking any new applicants for the remainder of the fiscal year
  • You work in an industry that is over-saturated within the particular chapter and the chapter wants to diversify
  • There is another member of the same industry and therefore the chapter would not be able to place you in a forum

If there is another chapter in your local vicinity, the application will be placed with that chapter. If no other local chapter exists, your application can be placed with a regional chapter. If you have questions at any point along the process, please contact YPO at +1 800 773 7976 or via email at JoinYPO@ypo.org and a membership development manager will assist you.


Once I apply and become accepted, how long do I have to formally say yes before joining?

During the final stages of the membership process, you will be asked to provide a third-party certification. The invitation to join YPO will be valid 90 days from the date of this certification being received and approved by YPO.

What if I join a chapter and realize at a later point that I am unable to fully meet the chapter’s participation criteria or circumstances arise that make this difficult?

Members in good standing may transfer from chapter to chapter within YPO. The local chapter will decide how to handle the transfer. Some require a transferring member to go through the same screening process as a new prospective member, while other chapters simply accept the transferring member. If you cannot meet the participation criteria at the local chapter, you will be referred to a regional chapter (a chapter that serves a larger geographic boundary) where the participation requirements are less than those of the local chapter.

Once I join a chapter what can I expect to assist with my membership integration?

Once you join a chapter, you will receive an invitation from YPO to participate in a new member call. This call is a personalized one-on-one conversation designed to welcome you to the organization, explain the benefits of YPO and walk you through our website. After the call, your membership integration will be handled by the local chapter.