Membership application process
New applicants for membership of BAFRA need to complete a membership application form (MS-Word format / PDF format), sign it and send it by post to the General Secretary.
The precise process is as follows:
- Applicant sends form by post to the General Secretary (GS) along with the appropriate payment of £30 (or £5 for those only wishing to become affiliate members. There is no payment required from those only applying for temporary membership..
- GS checks that:
- the form has been completed fully – if not, GS refers back to applicant
- the correct payment accompanies the form
- applicant is not on any blacklist (e.g. banned from the sport)
- GS shares the application with the Membership Sub-committee (himself and the President or another Director) and they decide whether the applicant meets the membership requirements
- If there are no issues with the application, the application will be accepted – it is expected that the vast majority of applications will be accepted at this stage of the process
- If the applicant does not meet the membership requirements or any issues arise (Regulations 1.11, 1.12, 1.13), the applicant will be rejected.
- If an application is rejected, GS will inform the applicant and notify them of the appeals procedure (Regulation 1.12).
- If the applicant appeals, GS sends the application plus a confidential report on the reasons for the original rejection and any further statement provided by the applicant to the Membership Appeals Sub-committee (the other directors) and they make the final decision.
- If an application is rejected, any payment made will be refunded provided that any training material that has been issued is returned in good condition to the GS.
- If/when an application is successful, GS will inform:
- the applicant
- the webmaster (so that access to the website can be provided)
- the BAFA Central Registration System (together with the appropriate fee)
- the Director of Training
- the Director of Operations (so that the new member can work if he has passed the competency test)
- An applicant who is rejected (including after appeal), may apply again no sooner than 6 months after the submission of the original application.
- Normally, applicants will be notified of the result of their application within 7 days. Appeal decisions will normally be notified within 14 days. Either may take longer if further information or checking is required, or key personnel are unavailable.