The IHBC has issued a newly reduced and more accessible Affiliate Application Form to help those current Affiliates successfully applying before 31 March to retain their ‘Affiliate’ membership category title, with assessment results due from April on.
David McDonald said: ‘I am pleased to see that the new guidance and application form for Affiliate Membership is now issued.’
… These provide a clear explanation of the process and show the applicant how to organise their statements…
‘These provide a clear explanation of the process and show the applicant how to organise their statements in a concise and efficient manner. I look forward to seeing many new applications over the next few months’.
IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly said: ‘We’ve responded to concerns often focussed on the apparent scale of the submission required for the new Affiliate category, typically tied to maximum word counts.’
‘We appreciate that, compared to simply paying up to become an Affiliate, this is a step change for applicants.’
… new Affiliate category will offer ….career progress, as well as appropriate standard for those seeking future conservation accreditation…
‘However with the new Affiliate category there will be a base-line level of IHBC quality assurance through assessment. As such this new Affiliate category will offer both a credible stepping stone for career progress, as well as appropriate standard for those seeking future conservation accreditation by an appropriate and substantial professional body’.
‘Our new form is still based on our standard accreditation forms, and still aligns to the IHBC’s core principles of multidisciplinary conservation accreditation. As such making the application for Affiliate now also serves as a learning opportunity in itself.’
…‘Supporter’ category – replacing the old ‘Affiliate’ title – but nothing else will change.’…
‘Of course current Affiliates can still retain the IHBC’s same high level of service, benefits and network access that they currently enjoy, and at the same cost too, without bothering with assessment processes. From April we will simply re-classify you under the new ‘Supporter’ category – replacing the old ‘Affiliate’ title – but nothing else will change.’
See more background to the new arrangements HERE
See more on the new membership categories HERE