Welcome to ISCE

About ISCE

The Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers Ltd (ISCE) is a professional organisation for those working in the public address, voice alarm, sound system, audio frequency induction loop system, audio-video, acoustics, or any other such sector in the sound and communications industry.

About ISCE

The Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers (ISCE) is the specialist professional body within the sound and communications industry.  It was founded in 1948 and is an entirely independent Institute, run by a Council elected by its members.

ISCE members are involved in all aspects of the sound and communications industry providing audio solutions for many varied locations and venues throughout the UK and abroad. These typically include schools, colleges, places of worship, offices, factories, leisure centres, civic buildings, restaurants, shopping centres, supermarkets and many other unique locations. Our membership comprises of individuals who are self-employed, working for small companies, national and multi-national organisations in the UK and overseas. Their expertise lies in the field of consulting, contracting, engineering, distribution, research and design, manufacturing and marketing.

By using an ISCE member on a sound or audio project, you can be assured that you are engaging with someone who cares about their work and is up to date on industry developments and training.

ISCE Projects

ISCE Projects

History of ISCE

A meeting of eight public address traders and contractors took place on 21st April 1948 at the premises of National Sound Reproducers in Ealing Road, Wembley Middlesex. The eight agreed to form a trade body to be called the Association of Public Address Engineers, known as APAE .The inaugural meeting of the Institute of Sound & Communications Engineers was held at the Royal Festival Hall – London 22nd November 1979. The Institute was an integral part of ASCE . The Institute of Sound & Communications Engineers then formed itself into an independent organisation, and was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee on 6 December 1996.
Download a brief history of the ISCE and its association with the APAE here.

Aims and objectives

  1. To unite those professionally engaged in the sound, video, communications, entertainment lighting and staging industries.
  2. To maintain and to raise technical standards throughout the profession.
  3. To disseminate technical and professional information through the publication of papers and by means of conferences, seminars and training courses.
  4. To promote educational and training programmes for those seeking advancement in the profession and to assist career development and continuing professional development within the industry.
  5. To promote the advancement and application of science and technology within the profession in the interests of society at large.
  6. To present the Institute as an authoritative and influential professional body, representing trained, qualified and experienced practitioners within the profession.
  7. To establish and maintain a code of conduct in professional activities, embodying high ethical standards and concern for the environmental and sociological impacts of professional activities.
  8. To protect and promote the interests of members, collectively and individually.

Standards of Practice

The ISCE provides training courses for CPD purposes and delegates receive a certificate of attendance.

While some of our courses may formally assess competency of the delegate, ISCE cannot be held liable for any problems or issues that may arise due to their practice.

As a Learned Body the ISCE does not vet its Members installations or designs, it is a requirement of our Members to ensure that they are adequately trained and insured to undertake projects and are bound by the ISCE Code of Conduct.

Notwithstanding the above, the ISCE shall fully investigate any allegations of malpractice against one of its Members in order to uphold the standards of practice within the industry. This may result in the Member being removed from the Institute.


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Find out more information about the ISCE by downloading the brochure below.

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