It is not possible to simply purchase a membership in IFSKGIA. Payment of course fees for a short guides course is not sufficient enough education to become a certified IFSKGIA guide.
IFSKGIA is a certifying body for International sea kayak guides and instructors; membership with voting privileges at NHKGIF is granted only after an individual has received a IFSKGIA guide or instructor certification.
A IFSKGIA certified guide or instructor must have completed all the requirements: courses, exams, and completed an apprenticeship before receiving a guide or instructor certificate and membership in the association.
Recreational sea kayakers
NHKGIF has an award system for recreational sea kayakers who become non-voting members once they have passed and received their first recreational sea kayak award.