Levels of Membership

STUDENT CLASS

The STUDENT class is provided for those studying construction at the collegiate level. It enables students to participate in Institutional activities, to benefit from it’s publications and services and to keep abreast of new developments while undertaking further education courses and gaining the necessary experience for admission to a designated class of membership.

Qualifications for Admission

For admission to STUDENT membership, a person must be enrolled full time in a construction oriented 2-year program leading to an Associate Degree, a 3-year program leading to a Technologist Degree, a 4-year program leading to a Bachelor’s Degree, or a graduate program leading to a Master’s or Ph.D. Degree.

How to Apply

Application for admission to STUDENT membership must be made on the prescribed form, obtainable from the Institute, and be accompanied by the first dues payment.

Fees and Dues

Current rates of admission and transfer and annual dues are as published by the Institute. Dues are payable annually.

An applicant who fails to secure admission is entitled to a refund of the fees and dues.
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CANDIDATE CLASS

Qualifications for Admission or Transfer

For admission or transfer to CANDIDATE membership, an applicant must:

  • be currently following the construction profession, and
  • be a graduate of a 2-year or 3-year construction program at the Associate or Technologist level, approved by AIC, or a 4-year non-construction oriented program at the Bachelor’s Degree level, or
  • have a minimum of four years’ relevant construction experience.

NOTE: “Following the construction profession” is interpreted generally to mean working in the construction industry at the level of management staff or as a teacher in a recognized construction curriculum or in construction research at the professional level.

Examples of fields of construction activity that qualify include: administration, consultant, management, general and specialty contracting.

Examples of job responsibility that qualify within these fields include: executive, project manager, superintendent, project engineer, purchasing agent, marketing specialist, estimator, scheduler, cost engineer, or field engineer.

Experience as a member of the building trades working at any level, including foreman, is not considered as professional experience.

Working as a member of a related profession such a architecture, engineering design or inspection, land surveying or accounting, having its own standards of professional performance, is also not included as professional experience.

However, those persons with other education or experience (such as architects, engineers, or inspectors) whose current activity includes significant responsibility or involvement in construction supervision, administration or quality control may be considered for membership at this level. “Relevant construction industry experience” means experience working at any level in the construction industry, in the office or field, including the building trades.

How to Apply

Application for admission or transfer to CANDIDATE membership must be made on the prescribed form, obtainable from the Institute.

Applicants must submit to the Institute for scrutiny, a photographic copy of the certificate of degree, if applicable.

Fees and Dues

Current rates of admission and transfer and annual dues are as published by the Institute.

An applicant for admission to CANDIDATE membership must submit the admission fee with the application. Dues are payable annually.

An applicant for transfer from STUDENT to CANDIDATE membership must submit transfer fee with application. The higher dues for CANDIDATE membership are not payable in the anniversary year in which the transfer is effected.

An applicant who fails to secure admission or transfer is entitled to a refund of the admission/transfer fee.
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ASSOCIATE CLASS

Qualifications for Admission or Transfer

For admission or transfer to ASSOCIATE membership, an applicant must:

  • be, at the time of his application for election or transfer, following the construction profession, and
  • have received a degree from a 4-year post secondary baccalaureate construction program (or a 4-year baccalaureate program in architecture, engineering or other construction oriented program as approved by the Board of Directors) or
  • have fulfilled the conditions necessary for classification of CANDIDATE, have achieved and maintained for not less than four years since fulfilling such conditions (two-years for Technologists with three year degrees) a responsible position in the construction profession; have given beneficial service to the construction industry or
  • have achieved and maintained for not less than eight years a position in the construction profession and have given beneficial service to the construction profession.

NOTE: “Following the construction profession” is interpreted generally to mean working in the construction industry at the level of management staff or as a teacher in a recognized construction curriculum or in construction research at the professional level.

Examples of fields of construction activity that qualify include: administration, consultant, management, general and specialty contracting.

Examples of job responsibility that qualify within these fields include: executive, project manager, superintendent, project engineer, purchasing agent, marketing specialist, estimator, scheduler, cost engineer, or field engineer.

Experience as a member of the building trades working at any level, including foreman, is not considered as professional experience.

Working as a member of a related profession such a architecture, engineering design or inspection, land surveying or accounting, having its own standards of professional performance, is also not included as professional experience.

However, those persons with other education or experience (such as architects, engineers, or inspectors) whose current activity includes significant responsibility or involvement in construction supervision, administration or quality control may be considered for membership at this level.

How to Apply

Application for admission or transfer to ASSOCIATE membership must be made on the prescribed form, obtainable from the Institute, and be accompanied by the appropriate fee.

Fees and Dues

Current rates of admission and transfer and annual dues are as published by the Institute. Dues are payable annually.

An applicant for admission to ASSOCIATE membership must submit the admission fee with the application.

An applicant for transfer from STUDENT to ASSOCIATE membership must submit transfer fee with application.

An applicant who fails to secure admission or transfer is entitled to a refund of the admission/transfer fee.
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CONSTRUCTOR CLASS

Qualifications for Admission or Transfer

For admission or transfer to CONSTRUCTOR membership, an applicant must:

  • be, at the time of his application for election or transfer, following the construction profession, and
  • have been an ASSOCIATE of the Institute for not less than five years and have held, for not less than five years, a responsible position in the construction profession; and have given beneficial service to the profession; and have successfully completed the Professional Profile and Interview.
  • have fulfilled the conditions necessary for classification of ASSOCIATE, and have achieved and maintained for not less than seven years (six-years for applicants holding an MS degree in construction or a construction related field; 5 years for applicants holding a doctorate degree in construction or construction related field) since fulfilling such conditions, a responsible position in the construction profession; and have successfully completed the Professional Profile and Interview, or
  • have achieved and maintained for not less than 15 years a position in the construction profession and have successfully completed the Professional Profile and Interview.

NOTE: “Following the construction profession” is interpreted generally to mean working in the construction industry at the level of management staff or as a teacher in a recognized construction curriculum or in construction research at the professional level.

Examples of fields of construction activity that qualify include: administration, consultant, management, general and specialty contracting.

Examples of job responsibility that qualify within these fields include: executive, project manager, superintendent, project engineer, purchasing agent, marketing specialist, estimator, scheduler, cost engineer, or field engineer.

Experience as a member of the building trades working at any level, including foreman, is not considered as professional experience.

Working as a member of a related profession such as architecture, engineering design or inspection, land surveying or accounting, having its own standards of professional performance, is also not included as professional experience.

However, those persons with other education or experience (such as architects, engineers, or inspectors) whose current activity includes significant responsibility or involvement in construction supervision, administration or quality control may be considered for membership at this level.

Professional Profile and Interview

For details, click to see Professional Profile and Interview section.

How to Apply

Application for admission or transfer to CONSTRUCTOR membership must be made on the prescribed form, obtainable from the Institute, and be accompanied by the appropriate fee.

Fees and Dues

Current rates of admission and transfer and annual dues are as published by the Institute. Dues are payable annually.
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FELLOW CLASS

Fellowship is the highest honor conferred on a member of the Institute. It is limited to those persons who have advanced in their careers to a position of eminence by demonstrating a consistent pattern of professional performance and whose inclusion in the College of Fellows will bring added distinction to that body.

Requirements

  • The candidate shall be, at time of nomination or election:
  • a construction educator or practitioner
  • retired from either of the above; and
  • have given distinguished service to the Institute
  • currently be in the AIC classification of Constructor and have been in that class for at least ten (10) years; and
  • shall not be less than 40 years of age.

Nomination Procedures

Only Fellow or Constructor members are eligible to nominate or second the nomination for Fellowship, Nominations shall be submitted on forms available from the National office. The forms are to be completed in full and returned to the National Office at least 60 days prior to the Annual Forum. Applications will not be carried over to the next year, however, candidates may be re-nominated. Members may not nominate themselves.

Election

An affirmative vote by at least three quarters of the Fellow casting ballots, but in no case shall the affirmative votes be less than a majority of all Fellows, in good standing at the time of nomination, shall be deemed to be elected to the College of Fellows.

Fees and Dues

Current rates of admission and transfer and annual dues are as published by the Institute. Dues are payable annually.
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AFFILIATE CLASS

Qualifications for Admission or Transfer

For admission to AFFILIATE membership, an applicant must:

  • be, at the time of admission, “affiliated with the construction industry,” and
  • not be eligible for CONSTRUCTOR, ASSOCIATE or CANDIDATE classification, and
  • have, by attainments in Science or Arts, or a profession allied to or having common interests in construction, reached such a standard in Science, Arts or profession, as to be deemed equivalent to those which a person must have in the construction profession to permit his being elected to the classification of ASSOCIATE.

NOTE: “affiliated with the construction industry” is interpreted to include trade association staff; allied professions such as law, accounting, insurance and surety; and service persons such as manufacturers’ representatives and material salespersons.

How to Apply

Application for admission to AFFILIATE membership must be made on the prescribed form, obtainable from the Institute, and be accompanied by the appropriate fee.

Fees and Dues

Current rates of admission and transfer and annual dues are as published by the Institute. Dues are payable annually.

EMERITUS MEMBER

About this Membership Class

Emeritus membership is intended to allow retired members to continue their membership to AIC without having to pay yearly dues. Emeritus members pay a one-time fee, and maintain all of the rights and benefits of the membership class indefinitely.

Emeritus membership is a “special status” that can be applied in addition to other membership classifications. That is, one could be a “Constructor Emeritus,” or “Fellow Emeritus,” but never just “Emeritus.”

Qualifications for Admission or Transfer

To achieve the status of Emeritus, a member must meet all 4 of the following requirements:

  • Be retired from the practice of the construction profession
  • Be at least 65 years old, or have been compelled to retire sooner due to ill health.
  • Must be either an Affiliate, Constructor, or Fellow member of the AIC
  • Must have been a member in good standing (in any membership class) for at least 8 years.

How to Apply

Applications for Emeritus status have a special process that is different from the normal membership application. If you are interested in seeking Emeritus status, please contact AIC National Office.

LIFE MEMBER

About this Membership Class

Life membership is intended to allow Constructor or Fellow members to continue their membership to AIC through payment of a special dues assessment. The Life membership dues assessment terms and payment amounts will be evaluated established by the Board from time to time. Life members pay a one-time fee, and maintain all of the rights and benefits of the membership class indefinitely.

Life membership is a “special status” that can be applied in addition to other membership classifications.

Qualifications for Admission or Transfer

To achieve the status of Life membership, a member must meet both of the following requirements:

  • Must be either a Constructor or Fellow member of the AIC in good standing.
  • Payment of the special dues assessment established by the Board.

How to Apply

Applications for Life membership status have a special process that is different from the normal membership application. If you are interested in seeking Life membership status, please contact the AIC National Office.

PROVISIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Effective January 1, 2005, the AIC will offer all Associate Constructors and Certified Professional Constructors one year of limited free membership in the AIC. Associate Constructors may become Provisional Associates Constructor members and Certified Professional Constructors may become Provisional Constructor members.

Provisional membership is a “special status” that can be applied in addition to other membership classifications. That is, one could be a “Provisional Constructor,” or “Provisional Associate,” but never just “Provisional.”
Benefits

Provisional members of all classes are eligible for the following benefits available to full members at no charge:

  • No-cost approval of Continuing Education courses for individual use.
  • Access to the members-only sections of the AIC website and all electronic publications.
  • All AIC membership discounts and affinity benefits.
  • Full subscription to the “American Professional Constructor” and other publications produced through the support of the AIC Education Foundation.

Provisional membership lasts for exactly one year from the date it is applied. At the end of this term, provisional members will be given the option to upgrade to full membership at the level for which they are qualified. Provisional members are exempt from any application processing fees if they choose to upgrade to full membership during the term of their provisional membership. Provisional members have no voting rights in the Institute and are not listed as members of the Institute in the AICMembership Directory until they choose to upgrade to full membership.