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About Membership


SIOPSA membership runs from 1 August – 31 July Annually.

There shall be the following membership and affiliateship categories:

Full Members

Full members shall be registered with the HPCSA in the category of Industrial Psychology: Independent Practice. The membership will remain as such unless their registration status with the HPCSA changes, at which point it shall be reviewed by the Society. Where this constitution refers to full members, honorary members and fellows shall be regarded as such.

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Honorary Life Members

The Executive Committee may invite persons to become honorary life members of the Society. Such persons shall have distinguished themselves by meritorious achievement or service in the sphere of Industrial or Organisational Psychology as a science and / or profession. Honorary life members shall be discharged from liability for Membership Fees.

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Fellows shall be full members or International Affiliates who have made an outstanding contribution to the science, practice or organisation of Industrial or Organisational Psychology over a sustained period of time, be it in practice, research, teaching or service. Fellows shall be awarded this esteemed honour by the Executive Committee.

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Associate Members
Associate members shall have at least an Honours degree or equivalent qualification in any branch of Psychology.

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Student Members

Active full-time or part time students studying towards an undergraduate, honours or master degree in Industrial Psychology, at an accredited higher education institution that provides academic and practical training with accredited psychology degree training programmes for psychology students.

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Emerging Psychologists

Industrial Psychology Interns registered with the HPCSA shall be regarded as Emerging Psychologists for the duration of their registered internship programme, which duration is aligned to the regulatory guidelines of the HPCSA.

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Affiliates shall be persons interested in Industrial or Organisational Psychology as a science and / or profession.

International Affiliates:

International Affiliates shall be persons living abroad who are members of an acknowledged other national psychological society or association outside of South Africa and / or who can produce proof of qualifications as required by the Executive Committee.

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Membership Rules:

A prospective member shall apply in writing or any other formally approved means of communication on the prescribed form to the Secretary of the Society and such application shall be considered in accordance with the constitution of the Society.

All members of the Society shall be liable for the prescribed membership fees. A member whose membership fees remains in arrears for three months shall be liable for termination of membership. A member may terminate his or her membership by written notice to the Secretary of SIOPSA. Upon termination of membership, paid-up membership fees shall not be refundable. Members shall belong to the highest category of membership for which they qualify, as determined in the constitution.