There are 5 levels of membership attainable:
Student (S.P.C.S) – Whilst receiving training or studying toward appropriate examinations
Licentiate (L.P.C.S) – Immediately post training or qualification (prior to gaining appropriate experience)
Associate (A.P.C.S) – Appropriate training or qualifications and at least 2 years experience
Fellow (F.P.C.S) – Appropriate training or qualifications and at least 5 years experience
Honorary Membership – Special or long service (at the discretion of the Council)
Appropriate qualifications are those provided by a recognised college, university, institution, or specialist provider within the chosen sphere of business.
Appropriate training could be received through the working environment.
ADMISSION TO THE SOCIETY
Admission to the Society as Fellow or Associate is gained by:
- Satisfying the Society that they are experienced in their field by completing an application form and providing a C.V which clarifies their training or qualifications and experience in their chosen specialist field.
- Satisfying the Society that they are reliable members of the community by providing the names of two referees.
Admission to the Society as Licentiate or Student is gained by:
- Satisfying the Society that they have gained or are in the process of gaining relevant training or qualifications in their chosen specialist field.
- Satisfying the Society that they are reliable members of the community by providing one referee (in the case of a student this could be a tutor on a related course on study.
Prospective members are required to complete an application form, including 2 referees along with the provision of their C.V. Membership is granted at the discretion of the Society, and the Society has the right to refuse membership.
Enrolment costs for new applicants and re-applicants include the first year’s subscription, certificate and administration costs. Refunds of the initial year’s subscription will be made to those not elected to the Society.
By signing the application form, prospective members vouch for the truth of the details they have given and accept that the Society will use this information, references and C.Vs when deciding whether or not to grant membership.
The signature also means that the prospective member agrees to share details with other members electronically via secure webpages.
Upgrades are automatically given if requested by a member once appropriate training, qualification or experience has been acquired.
A charge is made to cover administration costs, and the cost of a new certificate. The difference between the subscription rates is also payable (except from Student to Licentiate,) should the upgrade occur at any other time than on the anniversary of election. On upgrade from Licentiate to Associate or Fellow the member must provide one more reference, preferably professional. Upgrades are usually consecutive.
Membership Costs (Current for year 2016)
Enrolments for new applicants and re-applicants (includes first year’s subscription, certificate costs and admin)
Fellow (F.P.C.S.) £125
Associate (A.P.C.S.) £115
Licentiate (L.P.C.S.) £95
Student (S.P.C.S.) £45
Thereafter, Annual Subscription (due each anniversary):
Fellow (F.P.C.S.) £55
Associate (A.P.C.S.) £45
Licentiate (L.P.C.S.) £25
Student (S.P.C.S.) N/A
Annual payments can be made by cheque or Bankers Order.
Charges are made for replacement certificates and membership upgrades.
Refunds of initial year’s subscription will be made to those not elected to the Society.
If you would like subscription details or you would like to become a member please select the Application Form and Information in our downloads section.
To download application form in MS Word Format, please click here
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N.B. Completed application forms, CVs or course details and fees must ALL be submitted in order for an application to be processed.