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Requirements

Classes of Membership

Organisational members
• Member organisation
• Affiliate member

Individual members
• Specialist member
• Honorary member

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

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; or
(v) laboratory and testing services;
(B) employ at least one full-time Geotechnical or Geoenvironmental Specialist;
(C) appoint a Nominated Representative;
(D) confirm that the organisation itself fully supports the purpose of the Association, and agrees to abide by its Code of Business Conduct;
(E) engage with and encourage its geotechnical and geoenvironmental staff to engage with and participate in Association activities;
(F) complete and submit to the Association an Annual Membership Survey and Accident Data;
(G) submit to the Administrator the name, and contact details of its Nominated Representative; and
(H) submit to an audit of the information it has provided to the Association, upon the request of the Membership Panel of the AGS Executive.

Affiliate Member
An Affiliate Member 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; or
(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;
(D) confirm that the organisation itself fully supports the purpose 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) submit to the Administrator the name and contact details of its Nominated Representative;
(G) engage with the Association and take part in its activities; and
(H) submit to an audit of the information it has provided to the Association, upon the request of the Membership Panel of the AGS Executive.

Specialist Member
A Specialist Member shall:
(A) be a Geotechnical or Geoenvironmental Specialist;
(B) confirm that they fully support the purpose of the Association, and agree to abide by its Code of Business Conduct;
(C) give their contact details to the Administrator;
(D) engage with the Association and take part in its activities; and
(E) submit to an audit of the information they have provided to the Association, upon the request of the Membership Panel of the AGS Executive.

Honorary Member
The status of Honorary Member may be applied to 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 Chair may select and appoint up to two Honorary Members during their term in office, having first obtained their consent.

Definition of a Geotechnical or Geoenvironmental Specialist
A Geotechnical or Geoenvironmental Specialist shall 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 Specialist, RoGEP Adviser, SiLC or ASoBRA;
(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, Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management or other appropriate Institution approved by the AGS Membership Panel, with a minimum of 6 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.

Please be aware that an application fee of £53 + VAT applies to cover the costs of administering the process.

AGS BYELAWS 2022