To begin the application process, you can apply online or download a PDF application. Once you have applied, you will be contacted regarding any further documentation needed to complete your application. Once your application is complete, it will be forwarded to our credentials committee for approval. The committee will then recommend your application to the Board of Trustees, provided all requirements are met. Final approval is given by the Board of Trustees. There are three (3) Board of Trustees meetings each year where applications are approved; spring, fall and the annual meeting, usually held in January. . You will be notified of your status approximately 2 weeks following the meeting. After one year, if all application materials are not complete, the application will be closed and the applicant will have to reapply from the beginning of the application process. Any fees paid will remain the property of the Academy.
If you are applying for regular membership in the AACS and submit your application during the first three quarters (October-June) of the fiscal year, please send the full application fee for payment. You will be invoiced for the regular membership fee at the start of the next fiscal year. If you apply and submit payment during the last quarter (July-September) of the fiscal year, your application fee will also serve as payment for the next fiscal year.
If you are applying to upgrade your membership status during the first quarter of the fiscal year (October-December), you are required to pay the application processing fee of $100, plus the difference in dues. If you are applying to upgrade your membership status during the last three quarters of the fiscal year (February-September), the application processing fee is $100, and you will be invoiced for your upgraded category of membership at the start of the next fiscal year.
Each membership category has a specific list of application requirements necessary to complete your application. To view this list, click here.