The Institute

The Institute

The Institute of Sound, Communications & Visual Engineers is a professional body of members and supporting members working in sound and communications industries across the United Kingdom. Founded in 1948, the Institute is entirely independent and operated by a board of Directors and Council elected by its members.

Members of the Institute of Sound, Communications & Visual Engineers, commonly referred to as ISCVE members, are engaged in a multitude of disciplines within sound and communications industries, including public address, voice-alarm, audio-visual, acoustics, sound and audio frequency loop systems in venues and buildings throughout the United Kingdom across diverse market sectors including Education, Houses of Worship, Places of Work, Leisure, Hospitality, Retail and Public Buildings.

ISCVE members pride themselves in staying up to date with industry, health and safety and training developments.

To unite those engaged and working within sound and communications industries

To maintain and raise technical standards throughout the professions within sound and communications industries.

To disseminate technical and professional information through the publication of papers and by means of conferences, seminars and training courses.

To promote educational and training programmes for those seeking advancement to assist career development and continuing professional development within sound & communications industries.

To promote advancement and application of science and technology within sound & communications industries, in the interests of society at large.

To present the Institute as an authoritative and influential professional body, representing trained, qualified and experienced practitioners within sound and communications industries.

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.

To protect and promote the interests of members, collectively and individually.

A modern institute for the sound and communications industries

Management Teams

Largely managed by a team of Industry figures on a voluntary basis, find out more about our management teams here.

Our History

With a history dating back to 1948, our long history and collective experience is one of our greatest assets for the future.

Latest News

You can get up to date with the very latest news and information from the sound and communications industries on our news pages here.

Contact Information

If you need to get in contact with us, here’s a great place to start. Alternatively visit our Management Team pages.

Promoting technical excellence

Public Interest

Promote science and technology and its importance for the general improvement of society.

Knowledge Transfer

Offer excellent training through CDP trains courses, technical papers and online members forums

ECS Card Scheme

Offer ‘Sound Engineer’ ECS site access cards to members upon successful completion of Health & Safety Tests


Provides forums for audio professionals to meet, both physically and virtually.


Represents audio and communications industries and our membership as a learned body to influence decision makers at local and UK government levels.


Create and uphold national and international standards relevant to our professions.


Upholds high professional and ethical standards by the audio and communications industries and by each member.


Our membership consists of trained and qualified practitioners endorsing technical excellence.

Code of Conduct

Our Members abide by a professional code of conduct in there technical work and working relationships.

The ISCVE is a reservoir of knowledge and experience that members can tap into, helping our industries take its rightful place as a mature engineering discipline.

ISCVE – the catalyst bringing together the best in terms of engineering, performance and knowledge. Working with like-minded institutes and associations for the betterment of its practitioners.

Doug Edworthy HonFInstSCVEEdworthy Audio Consultants

ISCVE’s commitment to raising the standard of sound systems and public address through its education and training programs provides a means for its members to keep up to date with developments in audio technology and best practice.

Dr Peter Mapp HonFInstSCVEPeter Mapp Associates