Why Join IRTA

Participation in IRTA shows that you and your business care about the future and the advancement of the barter industry. IRTA members contribute to preserving, protecting and enhancing the global barter industry.

Members in the International Reciprocal Trade Association (IRTA) are the best of the best when it comes to reputation and integrity. They represent the exchanges that have and continue to positively define the barter industry by successfully delivering the value of trade through barter to many businesses in their region and throughout the world.

IRTA members also may be governmental or banking entities who are serious about adopting various forms of barter based business models to provide economic solutions for their countries. IRTA, through its consulting arm, assists these organizations to develop practical sustainable barter based solutions.

All members of IRTA must abide by the IRTA Ethics and Conduct Code that was revised and approved by the IRTA membership on September 20, 2011. The Code of Ethics and Conduct ensures that IRTA member companies are dedicated to managing their business in a professional manner and with providing top-notch customer service and education to their exchange members. The Code of Ethics and Conduct ensures that members are concerned both with managing a thriving, sustainable business and with providing top-notch customer service and education.

IRTA members are leaders. They support and participate in efforts to continually upgrade the way businesses and the public use reciprocal trade. IRTA members are successful barter exchanges with growing commercial and corporate memberships, with a commitment to operating with integrity. Because IRTA members agree to answer to a group of peers should their actions as a reputable trade exchange be questioned, businesses that offer their goods and services through an IRTA member barter network, can be confident that they will live up to this commitment.

To enhance the visibility of reciprocal trade, and barter in particular, IRTA is active in promoting the benefits of the Modern Trade and Barter Industry. That includes serving as a point-of-contact for the industry and initiating media outreach on a regular basis. IRTA’s Internet presence also serves as a marketing channel for members, which are listed on the site in our Membership Directory and have links to their own sites. That link from a recognized industry resource provides enhanced credibility to members that can result in a higher Google SEO ranking.

Access to other experienced members is another member benefit, providing networking opportunities and industry- specific information sharing you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. You’ll gain valuable contacts and insight by participating in the annual IRTA conference, which members attend at a reduced rate.

IRTA members are also able to participate in the Registered Trade Broker (RTB) and Certified Trade Broker (CTB) program, which tests and certifies trade exchange employees who demonstrate a level of experience and expertise. Being able to offer certification to exchange brokers or employees is a valuable tool, both for professional development as well as marketing.

Additionally, IRTA members are able to participate in the Universal Currency (UC) program at reduced rates. Access to the UC enables exchanges to greatly expand offerings to their members well beyond their own network.

If you’re interested in increasing your exchange’s visibility, reputation and trade volume, we hope you’ll seriously consider joining IRTA.

To enhance the visibility of reciprocal trade, and barter in particular, IRTA is active in promoting the benefits of the Modern Trade and Barter Industry. That includes serving as a point-of-contact for the industry and initiating media outreach on a regular basis. IRTA’s Internet presence also serves as a marketing channel for members, which are listed on the site in our Membership Directory and have links to their own sites. That link from a recognized industry resource provides enhanced credibility to members that can result in a higher Google tm ranking.

Access to other experienced members is another member benefit, providing networking opportunities and industry- specific information sharing you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. You’ll gain valuable contacts and insight by participating in the annual IRTA conference, which members attend at a reduced rate.

IRTA members are also able to participate in the Registered Trade Broker (RTB) and Certified Trade Broker (CTB) program, which tests and certifies trade exchange employees who demonstrate a level of experience and expertise. Being able to offer certification to exchange brokers or employees is a valuable tool, both for professional development as well as marketing.

Additionally, IRTA members are able to participate in the Universal Currency (UC) program at reduced rates. Access to the UC enables exchanges to greatly expand offerings to their members well beyond their own network.

If you’re interested in increasing your exchange’s visibility, reputation and trade volume, we hope you’ll consider joining IRTA. Click HERE for IRTA’s membership application form.