Qualifications for Membership

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Any individual, licensed by the State of Washington, or complying with the laws of the State of Washington, with respect to the profession of investigating, and being engaged in the business or profession of investigating, shall be eligible for membership in this Association.

Membership Categories

Categories of membership include the following: Regular, Associate, Affiliate, Honorary, and Lifetime. Application for all classes of membership shall be made to the Membership Committee after acceptance as a new member is complete.

  • A Regular Member is a voting member and may cast only one (1) vote and hold office in the Association.
  • An Associate Membership may be extended to any individual who does not reside in, nor is licensed in, the State of Washington, but who in his/her jurisdiction, is qualified under the respective laws and regulations to operate as an investigator, shall be eligible to make application for Associate Membership.
  • An Affiliate Member is any individual who does not otherwise meet Regular or Associate membership qualifications, or criteria, but wishes to affiliate with the Association. Associate Members may vote but not hold office in the Association. Affiliate Members may neither vote nor hold office in the Association.
  • Honorary Members are those individuals who have been nominated and voted into membership by the Board of Directors. Honorary Members may neither vote nor hold office in this Association.
  • Lifetime Members are those individuals that have been Regular Members in good standing for fifteen (15) consecutive years. Lifetime Members may vote and hold office and enjoy all benefits of that of Regular Members. Lifetime Members are not required to pay membership dues.

Responsibilities of Membership / Annual Dues

A member in good standing is defined as an individual who has been accepted into membership and who has paid his/her dues for the then current year.

Members are expected to attend all general meetings during the course of the current year.

The Board of Directors shall furnish to the membership annually through the Association website, or general circulation to the membership, what the annual dues will be. This information shall be noticed to the general membership at least sixty (60) days before the beginning of the Association’s fiscal year. Dues are payable in advance for the fiscal year.

A delinquent member may be dropped from the membership roll if they do not pay their dues by February 1. Individuals dropped for non-payment of dues may be reinstated by the Board of Directors and payment of all dues that are in arrears.

Denial/Suspension of Membership

An applicant convicted of a felony shall be automatically rejected. Similarly, an applicant having been convicted of a charge involving morals shall also be rejected. Any applicant technically convicted with sentence deferred shall be considered convicted, and shall therefore also be rejected for membership.

Any member charged with a criminal offense or a charge involving moral turpitude shall be summarily suspended from membership until found not guilty. If found guilty of the charged items, that person shall be expelled from membership in the Association. This action shall apply to those whose sentences have been deferred.

A member shall be automatically suspended for failure to respond to an Ethics Committee inquiry with in seven (7) working days of the receipt of such a request for information. Such an inquiry may be made to a member only after the Ethics Committee has received a valid complaint according to its rules.

Any member may be expelled by a majority vote of the Directors for any act, which is contrary to the interests, or brings discredit upon the Association or any of its members. A written information, signed by at least three (3) members shall be sufficient to constitute an order for the Directors to act. Prior to any action by the Directors, however, the named member shall be advised of the charges made against him/her in writing, by registered mail return receipt requested, or by personal service. The person shall be afforded an opportunity to respond, in writing, within thirty (30) days of the receipt of the subject charges. Any such reply to charges shall be taken into consideration by the Directors and weighed with the charges presented. Directors must reach a decision within sixty (60) days of receipt.