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Individual Memberships

To be eligible for membership in the International Association of Arson Investigators, the following qualifications shall be applicable, to wit:

  • The applicant should be of good moral personal character and reputation.
  • The nature, character and reputation of the applicants business should be consistent with the IAAI Code of Ethics.
  • The character and reputation of the applicant's employer and associates should be consistent with the IAAI Code of Ethics.
  • The general nature, character and reputation of the principal business of the applicant’s employer and associates should be consistent with the IAAI Code of Ethics.

No person shall be eligible for any class of membership if that person has been a member, or is presently a member, or becomes a member of a subversive organization or of any organization whose objectives and purposes are inconsistent with the purposes of the Association.

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Active Membership $75

Any representative of good moral character involved with government or a government agency and/or any representative of a business or industrial concern who is actively engaged in some phase of fire and arson investigation or administration of justice at the time the representative makes application shall be eligible for full membership, provided such person possesses the other qualifications for membership established by the Board of Directors upon recommendation of the Membership Services Committee and provided such person is not less than eighteen (18) years of age at the time he/she makes application. Active members shall have the right to vote on Association business and have the right to hold office.

Associate Membership $75

Persons who do not qualify for active membership may become associate members. Associate members shall have the privileges of an active member, except voting and holding office.

Retired Membership $25

A member who wishes to apply for Retired Membership must have been an IAAI Active Member in good standing at the time of application for Retired Membership. The applicant must be retired and no longer actively working in any phase of fire and arson investigation or administration of justice. This section shall also apply to members who are permanently disabled due to job related injuries.  If the applicant is granted a Retired Membership status and, anytime thereafter, obtains employment in any form of the fire investigation industry, the Retired Membership status must be upgraded to Active status. Any member holding the Retired Membership status found to be working in the aforementioned areas shall be determined to be in a breach of ethics and subject to sanctions as prescribed in Section 11. The member shall be given one (1) notice to adjust to the appropriate status and failure to comply with that notice shall subject the member to a referral to the EP&G Committee. Retired members shall not have the right to vote on Association business and are not eligible to hold any office or serve as a Director of the Association.   Dues for Retired Membership status will be fixed by the Board of Directors with the approval of the membership.

Student Membership $25

Associate members who are students will be permitted to pay a reduced fee for membership. This fee shall be established by the Board of Directors. “Student” shall be defined as any individual  not currently working in a paid position in the fire investigation field who is currently enrolled as a full time student in an accredited institution of post secondary education pursuing a degree in fire science, fire investigation, the administration of justice, or related field of study. Student members shall not have the right to hold office or vote on Association business.
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Life Membership

The Association may bestow life membership upon any qualified member of the association who has met the following requirements:

Life Membership for Distinguished Service:
  • The individual must be or have been an active member of the Association.
  • The individual must be an active member in good standing for a minimum of ten (10) years.
  • The individual must have rendered distinctive service to the Association through participation on committees or activities for a minimum of five (5) years. 

Nominations for life membership for distinguished service shall be made to the Awards Committee Chairman at least thirty (30) days prior to the annual meeting of the Awards Committee. The Awards Committee shall review the nominations and make its recommendations to the Board of Directors as to recipients of this life membership. No more than two (2) life memberships for distinguished service shall be bestowed by the Board of Directors in any one calendar year.

A life member shall have all rights and privileges of an active member without the payment of dues.

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Accommodation Policy

The IAAI is an equal opportunity organization and does not discriminate based on age, sex, race, or disability in qualifying for organization membership or for participation in training events, special programs or certification protocols.  The IAAI will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations within their responsibility and control to applicants and program participants with special needs or disabilities upon special request or self disclosure.  Any information regarding age, sex, or race collected during an application process or any self disclosure of a disability or special need will be held in strictest confidence and will not be released unless required by legal authority.