Requirements

The requirements and qualifications for membership are as follows:

a) Senior Member

The requirements and qualifications for membership as a Senior Member shall be promulgated and adopted by the Board of Directors. In order to be eligible for membership, the applicant must be actively engaged in the profession of seed testing by or for the seed industry or an independent service testing laboratory.

The applicant must be accredited in both Purity and Germination for all crop groups as defined by CFIA by passing the prescribed CFIA examinations and/or equivalent examinations as determined by the Board of Directors.

All applicants for Senior Membership must be approved unanimously by the Membership Committee. The Board of Directors shall act as a Board of Review if the Membership Committee cannot reach unanimous approval.

Senior Members shall be entitled to one (1) vote on all Association matters and the full privileges of the Association.

b) Associate Member

The requirements and qualifications for membership as an Associate Member shall be promulgated and adopted by the Board of Directors. In order to be eligible for membership, the applicant must be actively engaged in the profession of seed testing by or for the seed industry or an independent service testing laboratory.

The applicant must be accredited in Purity and/or Germination of at least one crop groups as defined by CFIA by passing the prescribed CFIA examinations and/or equivalent examinations as determined by the Board of Directors.

All applicants for Associate Membership must be approved unanimously by the Membership Committee. The Board of Directors shall act as a Board of Review if the Membership Committee cannot reach unanimous approval.

Associate Members shall be entitled to one (1) vote on all Association matters and the full privileges of the Association.

c) Seed Health Member

The requirements and qualifications for membership as Seed Health Member shall be promulgated by the Board of Directors. In order to be eligible for membership, the applicant must be actively engaged in seed-borne disease testing for a minimum of two (2) years.

The applicant must have passed the prescribed Seed Health Examination.

All applicants for Seed Health Membership must be approved unanimously by the Membership Committee. The Board of Directors shall act as a Board of Review if the Membership Committee cannot reach unanimous approval.

Seed Health Members shall be entitled to one (1) vote on all Association matters and the full privileges of the Association.

d) Affiliate Member

The requirements and qualifications for membership as an Affiliate Member shall be promulgated and adopted by the Board of Directors.

An Affiliate Member shall be an analyst in training or shall be a person who has interest in the Association and wishes to be on the Association mailing list and have access to information gathered and filed by Association Committees.

All applicants for Affiliate Membership must be unanimously approved by the Membership Committee. The Board of Directors shall act as a Board of Review if the Membership Committee cannot reach unanimous approval.

Affiliate Members shall have no vote, shall not hold elective office, and shall not have use of the Seal, Insignia and Name of the Association.

e) Inactive Member

The requirements and qualifications for membership as an Inactive Member shall be promulgated and adopted by the Board of Directors.

Inactive Members include all members except for honorary or affiliate who are not presently employed in such capacity or are on leave of absence, are retired, or have failed to meet member maintenance requirements. Inactive Members shall have no vote, shall not hold an elective office and shall not have use of the Seal, Insignia and Name of the Association. They shall be entitled to all other privileges of the Association including being a member of a committee. Inactive Members may receive the minutes, memos, etc. for a fee established by the Board of Directors.

f) Honorary Member

An Honorary Member shall be a person who has rendered significant service in one or more of the fields of activity of this Association.

Such a person shall be nominated by any Member in good standing. Nominations must reach the Executive Director ninety days prior to the annual meeting. Only one appointment shall be made biannually and shall be voted on by the Board of Directors when applicable.

Honorary Members shall have no vote, shall not hold an elective office and shall not have use of the Seal, Insignia and name of the Association, but are welcomed to attend meetings, if they wish. Honorary Members pay no fees to the Association.

A bit of history on how honorary members have been selected over the past 70 years...