I.A.A.R.S. Membership Application

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PRIVILEGES

Members enjoy the services and privileges offered by the Association, including:  Member Card & Certificate, Publication Opportunities, Reduced Rates for IAARS Seminars, Published Materials at no charge, Opportunities to Serve on Association Committees or Serve as a Board Member or Officer, Opportunities to Vote on Matters of Association Business, Receive the IAARS Newsletter AND Receive a 5% discount on the entire line of products offered by Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, Inc.

REQUIREMENTS – MEMBER STATUS

Any individual applying for MEMBER status in this Association must meet the following requirements and submit, in writing, the required material listed below:

I. A. The applicant must be involved in a field related to accident investigation/reconstruction;
(AND) B.  The applicant must submit a resume’ depicting his/her training, background and work experience; specifically emphasizing that portion related to the accident reconstruction field;
(AND) C. A check, in United States currency, in the amount of $50 (the current administrative fee) must accompany each application.  The administrative fee shall be NON-REFUNDABLE, whether or not the applicant is approved.
II. The required material must be submitted to the Secretary of the IAARS in ELEVEN (11) complete sets.
III. The Board of Directors reserves the right and may require the applicant to provide additional information concerning his/her proof of qualification.

REQUIREMENTS – MEMBER WITH DIPLOMATE STATUS

Any individual applying for Member with DIPLOMATE status in this Association must meet the following requirements and submit, in writing, the required material as listed below:

I. A. The applicant must offer proof of having been trained in accident reconstruction and if requested, submit a curriculum of such course to be thoroughly examined by the entire Board of Directors.  (A copy of the applicant’s certificate of graduation is sufficient proof of having been trained in accident reconstruction).  In lieu of curriculum or other proof of training, those applicants that hold current ACTAR certification may submit their ACTAR number and date certified.  The Board will consider ACTAR members as having met the minimum qualifications for training.
(AND) B.  The applicant must submit a resume’ depicting all of his/her work experience;
(AND) C. The applicant must offer proof that s/he has given opinion testimony in a court of law, civil or criminal, relative to accident reconstruction AND that the testimony was accepted.  It does not matter whether the case was won, or not, just that the testimony was accepted.  (A letter signed by an attorney or judge stating that fact would be sufficient for proof);
(AND) D. A check, in United States currency, in the amount of $50 (the current administrative fee) must accompany each application. The administrative fee shall be NON-REFUNDABLE, whether or not the applicant is approved.
II. Any applicant, who, after one (1) year from the date of graduation from a reconstruction course, has not testified in a court of law due to the cases being settled prior to trial, may petition the Board of Directors to waive this particular requirement.  The Board may waive this requirement provided, however; that all other requirements are met.
III. Any applicant active in the accident reconstruction field and, because of his/her position (i.e., instructor, etc.) has no POSSIBLE opportunity to testify in court may petition the Board of Directors to waive that particular requirement.  S/he must submit three (3) examples of reconstruction work for review AND if his/her position is teaching accident reconstruction, s/he must submit the teaching curriculum for review.
IV. The required material must be submitted to the Secretary of the IAARS in ELEVEN (11) complete sets.
V. The Board of Directors reserves the right and may require the applicant to provide additional information concerning his/her proof of qualification.

REQUIREMENTS – MEMBER WITH FELLOW STATUS

Any individual applying for Member with FELLOW status in this Association must meet the following requirements and submit, in writing, the required material as listed below:

I. A. Meet all requirements listed above for Member with DIPLOMATE status and submit as stated above,
(AND) B.  The applicant must submit an example of accident reconstruction work that s/he has completed. Such example SHALL include, but not be limited to:  Scale Diagram, Photographs, Measurements, All Calculations used to arrive at drag factors, speeds, angles, distances, etc.  NOTE:  Photocopies of photographs are acceptable.  Your narrative report should clearly define your work, however; you may be asked to clarify any portion.  (Please keep in mind that the sample of work does not have to be real elaborate or the most complicated accident you’ve ever reconstructed.  The Board simply wants to see that the principles of accident reconstruction are applied properly.)
II. Any applicant, who, after one (1) year from the date of graduation from a reconstruction course, has not testified in a court of law due to the cases being settled prior to trial, may petition the Board of Directors to waive this particular requirement.  The Board may waive this requirement provided, however; that all other requirements are met.
III. Any applicant active in the accident reconstruction field and, because of his/her position (i.e., instructor, etc.) has no POSSIBLE opportunity to testify in court may petition the Board of Directors to waive that particular requirement.  S/he must submit three (3) examples of reconstruction work for review AND if his/her position is teaching accident reconstruction, s/he must submit the teaching curriculum for review.
IV. The required material must be submitted to the Secretary of the IAARS in ELEVEN (11) complete sets.
V. The Board of Directors reserves the right and may require the applicant to provide additional information concerning his/her proof of qualification.

PROCEDURES

I. The application, including a check in United States currency in the amount of $50 (the current administrative fee) and other required material (ALL ELEVEN SETS) must be forwarded to:  Ralph Cunningham, 1804 Thornhill Pass, SE, Conyers, GA 30013.  Eleven discs containng the required information may be substituted for printed sets.  Upon receipt of ALL required material, the Secretary forwards a set to each Board Member.  The Board Members then thoroughly review the material.
II.   The Secretary will advise the applicant, BY LETTER, of the decision of the Board as soon as possible following discussion by the Board.

ALL OF THE FOREGOING REQUIREMENTS & PROCEDURES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE