ACM is a community for community managers that involves special events, training, perks, and access to a huge Knowledge Portal. All of this intend to enhance your career as a community builder.

To join as a pro member, it's required to pay an annual membership of $599. You can also join as a free member. The free membership will grant you access to ACM's online forum and limited access to the Knowledge Portal.

The Knowledge Portal is a huge content library that compiles templates, extensive guides, and professional research tailored to solving specific problems that community managers may encounter. Pro members have unlimited access.

Besides the Knowledge Portal, members can access special mastermind sessions. The membership also includes a 45-minute professional consultancy to discuss strategy and community development.

ACM offers courses for community managers of diverse backgrounds and career stages. These courses have an additional cost, however, members can access them with 50% off the first year. There are also other exclusive discounts and perks for members on high-value events and companies that help you enhance your career as a community builder.

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  • Membership: Free Community
  • Year Founded: 2009
  • Founders:

    Alison Michalk, Venessa Paech.

  • Amount of members: 6,500
  • Online Group: Yes
  • Job board: No
  • Language: English
  • Method: In Person, Virtual


Join a dedicated community of community managers:
ACF's community has your back. As a community manager, having a dedicated space to share your struggles, goals, and wins with others that can bring their unique experiences to the table can be very enriching for your career.

Access to the Knowledge Portal:
As a pro member, you will have unrestricted access to a huge content library with guides, templates, and professional research to educate yourself and grow your career as a community manager. Free members can also access some resources of ACM's Knowledge Portal.

Expert training and coaching:
Pro members can access special masterminds sessions and a 45-minute consultancy about strategy or community development. In their first year, pro members also have a 50% discount on ACM's courses.

  • Yearly Cost

Included in Free Version

If you join as a free member, you will be able to access and participate in the ACM's forum to connect with other members and to join conversations around community management.

On the other hand, you will be able to access a knowledge portal as well, a limited library of resources to educate you about communities with templates, guides, blog articles, and more.


No requirements.



As a pro member, you will be able to access regular mastermind sessions. On the other hand, you will have a one-time 45-minute coaching session tailored to your specific situation, with strategy and community development consultants.

You also can interact and network with other members 24/7, on ACM's online forum.

Learning Events

ACM hosts regular learning and networking events. Most events are free for members, or their tickets have a discounted price.

SWARM Conference is an annual training event. It lasts two days and gathers both local community managers and international talents. The conference features expert speakers on all topics community.

On the other hand, there are monthly online events called "ACM Yarns", one-hour long interviews with professional community managers.

4-5 times per year, ACM organizes special events, such as webinars, Q&A sessions, training to deal with new regulations or industry changes, and more.

Networking Events

ACM's online forum serves as a safe space to network with other community managers. You can join conversations 24/7 in the forum, meet other community builders and amplify your professional network.

Content Library

Pro members have unrestricted, unlimited access to ACM's Knowledge Portal, a huge content library with different types of resources to help you navigate the complex world of communities.

As a free member, you can also access the Knowledge Portal, but you will have limited access to only some resources.

The Knowledge Portal includes templates, guides, and professional research to educate people about community planning, building, and management.


ACM features different courses for diverse professional profiles and career stages. Courses have an additional cost, however, pro members can access more training, masterminds, and coaching opportunities for free.

Benefits with other companies

As a pro member of ACM, you will have access to exclusive discounts on high-value events and companies that will enhance your community management journey.

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