Member Benefits

for Agencies and Manufacturers

Why join as an Independent Lighting Agent?

Those who run Independent Lighting Agencies understand the unique complexities involved with the various projects we lead for our clients. Becoming a member of AAILA aligns you with lighting industry professionals from around the country who understand your unique challenges and opportunities. It also provides you with a direct line to a multitude of lighting and controls manufacturers ready to offer various solutions and expertise.

If you are involved in the lighting sales community, you can’t afford not to be a member of AAILA.

Annual Membership Investment:

  • Agency – more than 40 employees: $1,850
  • Agency – 10-40 employees: $1,350
  • Less than 10 employees: $850

Membership Features:

  • Training and Education – many training modules have been developed virtually for easy access
  • Special Membership Events – generally held in conjunction with national lighting shows
  • Industry Research and Updates – the pace of business has become increasingly fast, staying informed is a must
  • Volunteer Opportunities – AAILA is a volunteer led organization, affording you and your team with various opportunities to contribute, connect, and lead
  • Discounts – who doesn’t like to get a deal?

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Why join as a Manufacturer?

Not only does AAILA offer business development opportunities, but membership also aligns you with other lighting industry professionals committed to strengthening their understanding of the lighting sales channel. Manufacturers members are key partners in AAILA and are invited to get involved at all levels.

Annual Membership Investment: $1,600

Membership Features:

  • Education – manufacturers are invited to host educational webinars for members
  • Special Membership Events – generally held in conjunction with national lighting shows
  • Industry Research and Updates – leverage our network of lighting agents to get feedback for your product, service, or business
  • Volunteer Opportunities – AAILA is a volunteer led organization, affording you and your team with various opportunities to contribute, connect, and lead
  • Discounts – who doesn’t like to get a deal?

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Agency 101 Series

Developed in partnership with The Lighting Exchange, our Agency 101 Series. When onboarding a new employee at an agency or a manufacturer, it is critical for them to have a firm grasp of how the lighting market works, agency and manufacturer roles, and how does everyone fit in and contribute to selling lighting and controls.

Courses currently available:

Coming Soon!

  • Organizations, Governance & Standards (Beginner Level)
  • Intro to Projects & Product Types (Beginner Level)

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leducation 2023


Held in conjunction with leading lighting industry events, AAILA Members will have access to custom programing and networking opportunities, maximizing your investment at national shows.

LEDucation – March 2023

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our Second Annual Membership Event held just prior to LEDucation. We look forward to seeing everyone next year, Monday, March 18, 2024! Click the pictures from this year’s event here.


Results available to members

AAILA Commissioned Industry Surveys

Independent benchmark survey of Manufacturers

  • What would help manufacturers improve their business?

Independent benchmark survey of Agents

  • What would help agents improve their business?

Customer and influencers surveys

  • What issues can lighting manufacturers and agents solve?

Get Involved

AAILA is a nonprofit trade association who is governed by a volunteer board and volunteer committees. Volunteers are critical to the advancement of AAILA’s mission.

We are currently accepting nominations for various positions within AAILA. Interested candidates should contact Sarah Hagy to get involved.

Member Volunteer Opportunities

Board of Directors

  • Education
  • Events
  • Survey

Member Discounts


American Association of Independent Lighting Agents members will receive discounts off the annual subscription to OrdrTrak and for a limited time receive free usage of the platform for 6 months. OrdrTrak is a one-of-a kind platform designed to connect companies involved in B2B transactions who routinely use portals exclusive to the manufacturer or email communication to get order status information. Agents will be able to gain access to real time order status information for manufacturers they represent by logging into Manufacturers connect to the platform through a secure API connection enabling their agents and distributors to see ESD, Carrier, and Tracking for the manufactures they work with on one screen. OrdrTrak delivers efficiency for both agents and manufacturers by reducing the amount of email communications required to get the latest status on entered purchase orders.


Manufacturers' Representatives Educational Research Foundation

Manufacturers’ Representatives Educational Research Foundation (MRERF) will provide access at association rates for educational training programs. Through its certifying body, The Institute for Professional Advancement (IPA), it has been delivering certification programs and workshops to reps, distributors and manufacturers.

Agent Benefits

Certified Professional Manufacturers’ Representative (CPMR) is a 3-year program that meets in January for a week. This program provides an extensive learning experience in addition to networking with others from other industries. First year attendees learn foundational business management skills including: Business Ethics | Technology Solution Analysis | Legal Issues | Intro to Strategy | Financial Foundations | Understanding the Manufacturer | Workforce of Today | Sales Communication and Resources

Manufacturer Benefits

Manufacturers’ 2 day workshop is for sales leaders and managers to learn the tools and processes needed to create strategic partnerships with reps so that you can increase sales.

National Purchasing Partners

Members of the American Association of Independent Lighting Agents can now access business, employee, and personal discounts through National Purchasing Partners (NPP). NPP is a new member benefit provider of AAILA and helps members reduce costs with exclusive pricing.

Members can save on many useful brands, including Batteries + Bulbs, Office Depot (ODP), Sherwin-Williams, Airgas, Priceline, Staples, if eligible Verizon, and more. Sign up at Once you sign up with NPP, you will receive a verification email. When your account is verified, just log in and explore the catalog of offers. NPP membership is free and there is no obligation to buy. If you need help registering, please contact or call 800.810.3909.