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MEMBERSHIP (AHPA Bylaws, Article III)
Section 1. Qualifications for Membership
There is one class of members in the Corporation. Eligibility is based on individuals with a demonstrated interest in rheumatology practice, education, and research or administration, and are actively involved in the organization. Students in the health professions are also welcome.
An applicant may qualify for AHPA membership in one of four ways:
- Shall have demonstrated an interest in rheumatology practice, research, or education; shall be a health professional including, but not limited to, physical therapist, social worker, psychologist, occupational therapist, pharmacist, dietitian, nurse, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, kinesiologist, and chiropractor; and shall fulfill two of the following three requirements: (1) beeligible for membership in his or her professional discipline’s national association; (2) be university-educated; or (3) be in good standing with a professional regulatory body.
- Shall have demonstrated an interest in and shall be employed in rheumatology practice, research, or education. Examples include, but are not limited to, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapy assistants, nursing assistants, and non-degreed clinical research coordinators.
- Shall have a demonstrated interest in rheumatology practice, research, or education, and shall be studying for a degree that upon being granted would qualify for registration as a Member under point #1 or #2 above.
- The Executive Committee may appoint a Member who has retired from active practice.
Section 2. Rights and Privileges
Each member shall have all the rights and privileges of membership, including the right to vote, hold office, and serve on committees.
Any member running for a committee chair position is required to submit a short vision or plan for that committee as part of their election platform.
Individuals who qualify for membership detailed in Section 3.1 #3 and #4 above, may chair a committee at the invitation of the AHPA Executive Committee.
Section 3. Application Procedure
To be considered for membership in AHPA, an applicant must submit an application form with payment for the membership fee. Professional designation must be indicated.
Section 4. Membership Dues
The Board of Directors shall establish a membership due. If the due is increased more than 3% from one membership year to the next, membership approval of the fee increase will be sought at the AGM prior to the implementation of the fee increase.
An Honorary member shall not be required to pay membership fees.
Section 5. Resignation
A member may resign at any time during the membership year by submitting a written resignation to the president of AHPA (i.e. chair of the board of directors), in which case such resignation shall be effective on the date specified in the resignation.
No refunds of dues paid for that membership year will be given.
Section 6. Termination (defined in Article 3.3 of the AHPA by-laws)
A membership in AHPA is terminated when:
- the member dies, or, in the case of a member that is a corporation, the corporation is dissolved;
- the member resigns as outlined above (section 3.5);
- the member is expelled in accordance with any discipline of members section or is otherwise terminated in accordance with the articles or by-laws;
- the member’s term of membership expires; or
- the corporation is liquidated or dissolved under the Act."