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Requirements

Classes of Membership

Organisational members
• Member organisation
• Affiliate organisation

Individual members
• Practitioner member
• Affiliate member
• Graduate member
• Student member
• Honorary member

All applications are assessed by a Membership Panel against the criteria set out in the AGS by-laws.

Member Organisation
A Member organisation shall:
(A) be a company, a partnership, a governmental body or a clearly identifiable sub-division of such organisation, providing a service as set out below, within the wider geotechnical and/or geoenvironmental industry.
The service must be provided in at least one of the following specialised areas:
(i) design;
(ii) supervision of works;
(iii) advisory services;
(iv) specialist contracting;
(v) laboratory and testing services
(B) employ Practitioner members and/or Graduate members and/or Student members with appropriate academic and professional qualifications and experience;
(C) employ at least one full-time Practitioner member who shall have had a minimum of 5 years’ additional experience at a senior level since first becoming a Practitioner;
(D) appoint a Nominated Representative, who shall be a Practitioner member;
(E) confirm that the organisation itself fully supports the objectives and aims of the Association, and agrees to abide by its Code of Business Conduct;
(F) give to the Administrator the name, and current qualifications and contact details of its Nominated Representative, and of each of its sponsored Practitioner members, Graduate members and Student members, to enable the Administrator to correspond directly with all of them, and to confirm with each of them that they fully support the objectives and aims of the AGS, and agree to abide by its Code of Business Conduct;
(G) submit to an audit of the information it has provided to the Association, upon the request of the Membership Panel of the AGS Senate.

Affiliate Organisation
An Affiliate organisation shall:
(A) be a company, a partnership, or an identifiable sub-division of such organisation, providing a business service to other Members of the Association or receiving a business service from them, for example:
(i) Insurers;
(ii) Law firms;
(iii) Other professionals with an interest in geotechnical or geoenvironmental engineering and providing a specialist service to Members;
(iv) Academic institutions;
(v) Technical and governmental clients;
(vi) Specialist geotechnical or geoenvironmental software houses;
(vii) Specialist geotechnical or geoenvironmental training companies;
(viii) Specialist manufacturers and/or suppliers of geotechnical or geoenvironmental materials, equipment or instruments.
(B) employ people with qualifications and experience appropriate to the service they are providing
(C) appoint a Nominated Representative, who shall be an Affiliate member.
(D) confirm that the organisation itself fully supports the objectives and aims of the Association, and agrees to abide by its Code of Business Conduct.
(E) be able to demonstrate interactive participation with the geotechnical and geoenvironmental activities of the other Members.
(F) give to the Administrator the name and current contact details of its Nominated Representative, and of each of its sponsored Affiliate members, to enable the Administrator to correspond directly with all of them, and to confirm with each of them that they fully support the objectives and aims of the AGS, and agree to abide by its Code of Business Conduct.
(G) submit to an audit of the information it has provided to the Association, upon the request of the Membership Panel of the AGS Senate.

Practitioner Member
A Practitioner member shall:
(A) be actively practising, or have retired from practising, in geotechnical and/or geoenvironmental engineering, and shall be at least one of the following:
(i) a RoGEP – professional grade;
(ii) a Chartered Member or equivalent of the Institution of Civil Engineers, The Geological Society of London, The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, The Royal Society of Chemistry, or other appropriate Institution approved by the AGS Membership Panel, with a minimum of 5 years’ relevant post-graduate experience;
(iii) a person with at least 15 years’ relevant professional experience, if not chartered, coupled with the ability to demonstrate a long-term, high level of commitment, dedication and professionalism to the industry;
(iv) a teaching academic within the fields of geotechnical and/or geoenvironmental engineering.
(B) confirm that they fully support the objectives and aims of the AGS, and agree to abide by its Code of Business Conduct.
(C) give their contact details to the Administrator
(D) submit to an audit of the information they have provided to the Association, upon the request of the Membership Panel of the AGS Senate.
A Practitioner member may be sponsored by a Member organisation

Affiliate Member
An Affiliate member shall:
(A) be actively providing, or have retired from providing, a business service to other members of the Association
(B) confirm that they fully support the objectives and aims of the AGS, and agree to abide by its Code of Business Conduct.
(C) give their contact details to the Administrator
An Affiliate member may be sponsored by an Affiliate organisation.

Graduate Member
A Graduate member shall:
(A) provide evidence to the Administrator that they have a university degree in an area relevant to the activities of the AGS;
(B) confirm that they fully support the objectives and aims of the AGS, and agree to abide by its Code of Business Conduct;
(C) give their contact details to the Administrator.
A Graduate member may be sponsored by a Member organisation.

Student Member
A Student member shall:
(A) provide evidence to the Administrator that they are engaged in studies in an area relevant to the activities of the AGS;
(B) confirm that they fully support the objectives and aims of the AGS, and agree to abide by its Code of Business Conduct;
(C) give their contact details to the Administrator.
A Student member may be sponsored by a Member organisation.

Honorary Member
An Honorary member shall be an individual who has given a long and sustained contribution to the AGS. The individual might still be eligible for one of the other classes of membership.
The Chairman may select and appoint up to two Honorary members upon stepping down at the end of his term in office, having first obtained their consent.

Please be aware that an application fee of £50 + VAT applies to cover the costs of administering the process.

AGS BYELAWS – full version – 07 October 2015