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Grades of Membership

Application for all grades of membership shall be made on the appropriate form available from the Institute. Persons who wish to apply for entry to a qualified grade and who do not already belong to the Institute are required to join initially as Ordinary (or may, if eligible, join as Student) members before making such an application. 

The grades of membership are as follows: 
  • Ordinary 
  • Associate (AAPRI) 
  • Fellow (FAPRI) 
  • Corporate 
  • Concession ( Student, Retiree, Life) 

Ordinary Membership

Is available to anyone working with or interested in plastics or rubber. Those within the grade of Ordinary member are known as 'Ordinary members' and have the right to refer to themselves as 'Ordinary members of the Australasian Plastics and Rubber Institute Inc.'. This description does not, however, imply any qualification and this grade does not carry the right to use designatory letters. An applicant for Ordinary membership is required only to state an interest in plastics or rubber and to agree in writing to abide by the current Regulations and Rules of Institute of the Institute. 

Associate Membership (AAPRI) 

By the award of the grade of Associate, the Institute recognises the applicant as a professional polymer scientist, technologist or engineer. It certifies that the holder has completed a period of appropriate experience after gaining an approved degree (or equivalent) in a science or engineering discipline and is employing his or her knowledge of plastics or rubber in a professional manner. Those within the grade of Associate shall be known as 'Associates', shall have the right to refer to themselves as 'Associates of the Australasian Plastics and Rubber Institute Inc.' and to use the designatory letters 'AAPRI' 

Fellow (FAPRI) 

Fellow is the Institute's most senior grade, signifying that the holder has achieved considerable eminence or that, as a member of some years standing, he or she holds a senior appointment associated with plastics or rubber. Those within the grade of Fellow shall be known as 'Fellows', shall have the right to refer to themselves as 'Fellows of the Australasian Plastics and Rubber Institute Inc.' and to use the designatory letters 'FAPRI'. 

Concessional Members

Certain grades of membership qualify for reduced membership fees. These are 
  • Student. A person studying full or part time. 
  • Retiree. A senior person no longer gainfully employed. 
  • Life Members. Life membership is conferred by Council to those members who have made a significant contribution to the Institute