Types of Membership
You can join the APF individually as a Full Member, Provisional Member, Organizational Member, Associate Member or a Student Member. To join as an Organizational Member you can nominate two others from your team.
Please read the types of Membership below before you apply online. We will assess your online application as quickly as possible. If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants for Full Membership must be recommended by a current Full Member AND meet a minimum of two of the Application Criteria listed below.
To apply for Full membership:
The fee is $US 195.
You must meet at least two of these criteria to be eligible for full membership.
You have consulted with a minimum of two clients in each of the last three years, or three clients within the last 12 months on engagements that employ the perspective and/or methodology of futures studies. You will need to provide the names of clients, the dates and the nature of your work.
You regularly use the perspectives and/or methodologies of futures studies in a full-time position within an organization. You will need to describe the organization, your position and your responsibilities/activities.
You have successfully completed a postgraduate course in futures research, futures studies, foresight or a comparable field. You will need to provide details of the institution attended, course, semester and year the course was taken and the faculty member or adviser who can verify your study.
You have completed a certificate program in foresight, futures research, futures studies, or a comparable field. Approved programs must issue a certificate or its equivalent based on a demonstration of learning, such as a test, a project, etc. You will need to provide details of the program including the demonstration of learning, the month and year you took the program, and an instructor or program manager who can verify your participation.
You have delivered a minimum of two speeches or presentations on the future (paid or not) in each of the last three years or three within the last 12 months. You will need to provide the title, the audience, and the date of the presentation.
You have taught a course on the future or futures theory or futures methodology. You will need to provide details of the institution, a description of the course and semester and year that you taught the course.
You have published a minimum of three magazine or journal articles and/or one book about the future or futures theory or futures methodology. You will need to provide the titles and citations of the articles or book.
Provisional membership is available to people who are new to the futures field, or who believe they are doing futures work, but have no formal qualifications or professional experience in the field.
You can apply for Provisional Membership based on your own self-assessment of your skills and experience, or you may be granted Provisional Membership after an assessment of your skills and experience is deemed to not meet the requirements for Full Membership. Please read the requirements for Full Membership before applying, as you will need to address these criteria when you apply for Provisional Membership. Provisional Members are expected to develop their futures practice so that they meet the criteria for Full Membership within three years of accepting Provisional Membership. If you are accepted into the APF, a member will contact you to discuss your professional development options. Note that while a Provisional Member, individuals are not able to use the APF logo or appellation.
To apply for Provisional Membership:
The fee is $US 195.
An Organizational Membership is available for organizations that practice foresight.
At least one applicant from the organization must qualify as a Full member. This member is designated as the sponsor for the organization and will serve as the point-of-contact. Each additional prospective organizational member must complete an individual application for full or provisional status in order to be admitted.
To apply for Organizational Membership:
The fee is $US 500.
This allows three members, compared with individual memberships for $195 each. Each additional organizational member beyond the first three is $150. Organizational Members must work with the organization at least 51% of the time.
Associate Membership is open to future-focused practitioners who do not carry a public identity as a professional futurist but can meet two qualifications: (1) meet one of seven APF criteria for Full Membership, and (2) belong to a professional association that brings value to professional futurists. That professional association can be disciplinary such as sociology, urban planning, or management, or practice-based for data analysts, technologists, educators, etc. Associate Members have full access to APF services, but may not use APF logo on their website or appellation on their business cards, nor serve on APF's Board.
To apply for Associate Membership:
The fee is $US 195.
Students enrolled in an accredited course or program in futures studies or in a related discipline are encouraged to join the APF. You will pay a reduced membership fee for the duration of your studies. You will have the opportunity to meet students in professional futures community. After graduation, Student Members must notify APF and are moved to a Graduate Membership category at double the student annual rate. Graduate membership is limited to three years, by which time the member is expected to have built his or her futures experience to be able to qualify for Full or Provisional Membership. Student members have complete access to APF services, but are refrained from using the APF logo/appellation.
To apply for Student Membership:
The fee is $US 50.
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