The principal objective of the AART is to aid member companies or organizations in meeting their requirements for an ample number of technically informed and skilled employees through comprehensive, carefully planned, and efficiently managed industrial training programs.
1. One annual meeting with an agenda to include:
a. Training subjects currently of interest to members;
b. A type-written report by each Participating Member called a Significant Development Report (SDR) outlining his/her organization’s training statistics, accomplishments, new processes, hiring plans and goals over the past year;
2. This report must be submitted to the Secretary, no later than two (2) weeks after the annual meeting for publication in the Conference Report.
3. Organizational names are omitted from all reports, surveys, and other written material.
a. A summary of the SDR for oral presentation at the meeting, limited to five minutes, followed by group discussion;
b. A period devoted to the presentation of specific problems submitted by members for the purpose of getting group reaction and assistance;
c. Visit(s) to member companies or guests to tour their training facilities and learn about their programs;
d. Executive sessions as determined by the president, with the aid of the Executive Committee.
4. Attendance at executive sessions will be limited to participating members and honorary members only.
a. Interchange, during and between meetings, of training plans, aids, and other pertinent information.
b. Surveys, as may be deemed timely, of training policies, practices, pay rates, progress of graduates, etc.
c. Participation in the AART is restricted to regularly scheduled events and activities provided for members through the Program Committee.
d. No member, active or inactive, has the authority to represent the AART organization or any of its Members in any organization or activity other than the AART annual meeting.
- The AART is composed of representatives from companies, or organizations (herein will be referred to as “Members”) with well – established apprenticeship, craft or technical training programs.
- ELIGIBILITY. To be eligible for membership, a Member must have an apprenticeship program, craft or technical training program in active operation for which certificates or diplomas are granted or be planning to implement such a program within the year.
a. Vendors are not eligible for membership.
b. Prospective Members are required to submit their applications on an AART Application Form (provided by the AART Secretary), along with copies of their:
(1) Apprenticeship Standards
(2) Selection Procedures
(3) Related Class Schedule
to the Membership Committee for action. Applications approved by the Membership Committee shall then be submitted to the total membership, at the next regular meeting for approval.
3. NUMBER OF MEMBERS . The round table principle makes it necessary to limit the number of Members to no more than thirty-six. Total Participating Members seated at the round table, at any regular meeting, shall not exceed forty eight persons. If advanced reservations should exceed the maximum, seating arrangements will be made on a priority basis upon recommendation of the Executive Committee.
D. PARTICIPATING MEMBERS
- Each Member company or organization shall have one representative designated as the “Participating Member”; except companies with multi-plant operations who shall be allowed to have multiple members provided the plants, facilities or divisions they represent are engaged in different fields of operation and have met all requirements of C-2 ELIGIBILITY above.
- Members who are part of conglomerate organizations with multi-site operations and are separate entities engaged in different fields of operation shall be considered as separate companies for the purpose of membership.
- Participating Members are “official” representatives, authorized to speak for their companies or organizations at all meetings and to supply the AART information and statistics on apprenticeship, craft or technical training. They may participate in all meeting discussions and are entitled to vote in all executive sessions of the AART.
- The Participating Members shall either be devoted full time to apprenticeship, craft or technical training programs where certificates are awarded or have, as a major responsibility, authority over such programs.
- For a member to receive credit for annual meeting attendance, the Participating Member must exercise one of the following options:
- Attend the meeting in person;
- Appoint a substitute representative from his/her organization to serve in his/her absence at the AART meeting. The substitute representative may exercise all of the regular participating member’s authority at such meeting;
- Attend the meeting via teleconference or webconference;
- Submit his/her Significant Development Report and an explanation of his/her absence to the Executive Committee for review prior to the annual meeting.
- Honorary Lifetime Memberships
a. Honorary lifetime memberships may be awarded to active or inactive Participating Members upon the recommendation of the Membership Committee and with the approval of not less than two-thirds of all Participating Members present at the regular annual meeting. To be eligible for such consideration, an individual must have attended the annual meeting for ten years as a Participating Member. Attending via teleconference shall count only once within the ten-year span.
b. Inactive honorary members may attend all regular meetings. However, they neither vote in executive sessions nor hold office. They shall receive notices of meetings, reports of proceedings and other regular releases if they attended an AART conference or contacted the AART to update contact information within the last three years. They shall pay no dues. Any special dinner meeting expense shall be borne by AART.
c. Active honorary members may attend all regular meetings as the representative of a Participating Member with all responsibilities and benefits.
- Distinguished Service Awards
a. Distinguished Service Awards may be given to active or inactive members upon the recommendation of the Executive Committee and with the approval of not less than two-thirds of the Participating Members present at the annual meeting.
b. Such award may be given to an active Participating Member who has singularly contributed to the organization or to one who has given distinguished service to the organization and has had a change in position or about to be retiring. This award would generally not be given to one eligible for honorary lifetime membership.
c. Those inactive members with Distinguished Service Awards may attend all regular meetings. They are not eligible to vote in executive session or hold office. They shall receive notices of meetings, reports of proceedings, and other regular releases if they have attended an AART conference or have contacted the AART to update contact information within the last three years. They shall pay no dues. Any special dinner meeting expense shall be borne by AART.
a. A limited number of guests may be invited to attend each meeting. Except for the host Member, each Participating Member may have one guest in attendance to maintain the attendance within the limits necessary for a good round table discussion. All guest invitations must be approved by the president and Host Company.
b. Permission to attend AART meetings is prohibited for guests who are not members of management unless granted by the Executive Committee and Host Company.
c. Guests may participate in meeting discussions upon invitation from the Program Committee chairperson.
- Maintaining Continuous Membership
a. In order to secure full participation and make membership in the AART available to the maximum number of interested companies, membership will be forfeited if a Participating Member is not in attendance for three (3) consecutive annual meetings.
b. A Warning Notice will be automatically sent when the Participating Member misses the second consecutive annual meeting, with forfeiture of membership after the third.
c. Participating Members may request a “Leave of Absence” for up to three years. They must submit in writing, on company letter head, a request for a leave of absence to the AART President before missing an annual meeting. The Executive Committee will notify the Participating Member of its decision within 30 days of receiving the formal request. Members will still be required to submit their SDR. Members will be granted the ability to request one leave of absence every 10 years.
d. Membership will be forfeited when a Participating Member fails to pay the annual dues. This will be waived when a Member is granted a “leave of absence.”
E. MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Have a qualified representative attend each meeting.
2. Be able to host an AART annual meeting periodically. Members will incur the cost of some of the meeting expenses (according to AART guidelines).
3. Must have a representative willing to serve as an AART Officer and/or committee member for a two year term.
1. The annual dues shall be $350.00 per Member. The Secretary will mail invoices to all Members in November. Payment must be received by the Treasurer no later than the start of the next annual meeting.
2. When appropriate, the Executive Committee may authorize the cancellation of such current year’s dues. In such case, the membership shall be so notified at the regular annual meeting.
3. Dues are collected to assist Host Members defray the cost of the AART conference. Host Members requesting monetary assistance must submit a planned expense report to the Program Committee prior to the event and submit a post-event expenditures report. Dues must not be used to cover the cost of alcohol.
G. REPORTS OF MEETING
- One copy of the “Conference Report,” for each annual meeting, will be forwarded to every Member. A single copy will be sent to each Honorary member representative if they have attended an AART conference or have contacted the AART to update contact information within the last three years.
- To insure accuracy, brevity and promptness in distribution of reports, the preparation of report proceedings will be the duty of the AART Secretary.
- In the interest of accuracy, the prepared statement of each Member on significant developments, referred to in METHODS section B-1b, and used as the basis of his/her report, will be included in the Conference Report. The Participating Member will not be identified in the report unless so requested.
- All reports are to be treated as confidential, and the contents are not to be published or quoted outside the membership.
- There shall be a President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
- Only those who have been Participating Members for not less than two years may serve as officers.
- The elections of officers shall take place at the regular annual meeting following consideration of the Nominating Committee’s report
- All officers shall be elected at the annual meeting for a term of two years. They shall take office immediately following the close of the annual meeting at which the election occurs.
- No officer will be eligible for re-election to the same office for two consecutive terms unless approved by the Executive Committee.
- There shall be four standing committees; Executive Committee, Membership Committee, Nominating Committee and Program Committee.
- Only those who have been Participating Members for not less than two years may serve as committee chairpersons.
- The President shall appoint committee chairpersons who shall serve for a two-year term. The committee chairpersons shall then appoint up to three additional members to serve on their respective committees. All such committee appointments shall take effect immediately following the close of the annual meeting.
- The Executive Committee shall be composed of the officers, chairperson of the standing committees, the outgoing President, and outgoing Vice-President. The Executive Committee shall review over-all accomplishments, prepare any reports or recommendations to be made to the membership, set time and place of next meeting, and transact other business in the interest of the organization. It shall meet at the time of the regular annual meeting. Other meetings may be called as deemed necessary.
- The Program Committee shall be composed of a chairperson and up to three members who shall be Participating Members, and shall be responsible for the planning of the regular annual meeting. The chairperson shall, preferably, be the Vice-President of the AART.
- The Membership Committee shall be composed of a chairperson and up to three members who shall be Participating Members. The Membership Committee shall review the qualifications of all applications for membership. Applications which it approves shall be submitted to the membership for action.
- A Nominating Committee shall be composed of a chairperson and three members who have been Participating Members for at least three years. It shall be their duty to recommend a slate of new officers for the ensuing term. The chairperson shall, preferably, be the outgoing President.
- This constitution may be amended at any regular annual meeting of the AART. To be adopted as an amendment, a proposal must be submitted in writing to all present at the annual meeting and receive approval vote of not less than two-thirds of all participating members present.
- Revised August 7, 1969
Added appendix outlining membership procedures C.4.a & b
- Amended June 21, 1973
Provisions for Active members and define member C.2, C.6.a
- Amended June 27, 1975
- Amended June 23, 1982
- Amended June 22, 1984
- Amended June 18, 1992
Clarify the membership status of companies with multiple separate operations C.4.a.i
- Amended June 4, 2009
Increase Annual dues to $250 per participating member
- Amended November 1, 2011
Increase Annual dues to $350 per participating member