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What Are the Criteria for SIOP Membership?

There are multiple membership statuses in SIOP and different eligibility requirements for each, as governed by the Society’s Bylaws.  The SIOP Membership Committee, comprised of SIOP member-volunteers, reviews professional membership applications to ensure the Bylaws’ standards are upheld.  To become a member of SIOP you must meet the criteria for one or more of the membership statuses listed here.

In order to reduce delays in your membership application process, please carefully review the information below before submitting your application to ensure you have met ALL requirements.

A “Member” applicant must meet all of the following:

  • Be a paid Member or Associate of American Psychological Association (APA), or a paid professional (non-student) member of Association for Psychological Science (APS), the I-O section of Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), or European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP).
    • Individuals pending membership in APA, APS, CPA or EAWOP are welcome to apply for SIOP membership, with the awareness that the SIOP membership will not be granted until the membership in APA, APS, CPA or EAWOP has been finalized.
    • At this time, only APA, APS, CPA and EAWOP memberships will fulfill this outside organization requirement.  While many other related organizations exist, the SIOP Bylaws currently only recognize APA, APS, CPA and EAWOP as eligible organizations to fulfill this membership requirement.
  • Hold a doctoral degree based in part upon a psychological dissertation conferred by a graduate school that is regionally accredited or one of equivalent standing if outside the United States.
  • Engage in study or professional activities, as demonstrated by research, teaching, and/or practice, which are related to the purpose of the Society, as stated in Article I, Section 2 of the Society’s Bylaws.

Applicants for “Member” status with a doctoral degree not specifically called “Industrial-Organizational Psychology” must support their application with two of any combination of the following:

  • Abstracts of articles published in I-O-related journals
  • Letters of recommendation written by current Society Fellows or Members (not Associates,  International Affiliates, or Student Affiliates)
  • Listings of I-O related courses taught
  • Copies of unpublished research or evaluation reports in I-O areas


An “Associate” applicant must meet all of the following:

  • Be a paid Member or Associate of American Psychological Association (APA), or a paid professional (non-student) member of Association for Psychological Science (APS), the I-O section of Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), or European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP).
    • The same stipulations discussed under “Member” for the outside organization requirements apply to “Associate” applicants.  Please see above for details.
  • Hold a masters degree in psychology or a related field from a graduate school that is regionally accredited or one of equivalent standing if outside the United States.
    • Individuals who have completed at least two years of graduate work in psychology are also eligible for “Associate.”  However, if currently pursuing a doctoral degree, such individuals are also eligible for “Student Affiliate” status.
  • Engage in study or professional activities, as demonstrated by research, teaching, and/or practice, which are related to the purpose of the Society, as stated in Article I, Section 2 of the Society’s Bylaws.
     

An “International Affiliate” applicant must meet all of the following:

  • Reside in a country other than the United States.
  • Meet all criteria for “Member” or “Associate” status with the exception that membership in APA, APS, CPA or EAWOP is not required.
  • While not required, applicants who are in EAWOP or IAAP-Division 1 are extended a $10 discount off of the SIOP professional dues, as governed by an international agreement described at http://www.siop.org/tip/july09/26alliance.aspx. Those interested in receiving this discount must contact siop@siop.org to have their EAWOP or IAAP status verified.

A “Student Affiliate” applicant must meet all of the following:

  • Be a student, in good standing, pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in industrial-organizational psychology or a related field.
  • Engage in formal study or professional activities related to the purpose of the Society, as stated in Article I, Section 2 of the Society’s Bylaws.
  • Provide the name and phone number of his or her faculty advisor.


”Fellow” status in SIOP is an esteemed honor granted through a nomination process, under the direction of the SIOP Fellowship Committee.  Questions pertaining to “Fellow” status can be directed to Dr. Ron Landis, SIOP Fellowship Chair.

“Retired” status is available to any current SIOP professional member (Fellow, Member, Associate or International Affiliate) who is now retired.  To switch from professional membership to “Retired” status, please contact Tracy Vanneman, Membership Services Manager, at tvanneman@siop.org.   

How Do I Proceed?

If you are a current or previous SIOP member and simply wish to renew your membership at the same status level, please proceed directly to www.siop.org/dues to make your renewal dues payment.

If you are a current or previous Associate, International Affiliate, or Student Affiliate and wish to upgrade your membership to one of the higher status levels, please submit your upgrade request at www.siop.org/Membership/main.aspx.  Your application will be reviewed by the SIOP Membership Committee and may take up to 8 weeks to be approved.  During this time, you will not experience an interruption in your existing SIOP membership benefits.  Professional membership dues will be requested once your upgrade has been approved.

If you are new to SIOP and wish to apply for professional (Member, Associate, or International Affiliate) membership or Student Affiliate membership, please proceed to www.siop.org/Membership/main.aspx to begin your application.  The SIOP Membership Committee will review professional membership applications, which may take up to 8 weeks.  Professional dues will be requested once your application has been approved.  Student Affiliate memberships are instantly approved with dues requested at the time of application.

To view the many benefits of SIOP membership, please visit www.siop.org/benefits.

If your membership question is not answered here, please contact Tracy Vanneman, Membership Services Manager in the SIOP Administrative Office, at tvanneman@siop.org or 419-353-0032. 


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