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AREMA Membership Classes & Qualifications

Extract from AREMA Constitution and Bylaws


The mission of the Association shall be the development and advancement of both technical and practical knowledge and recommended practices pertaining to the design, construction and maintenance of railway infrastructure.

Article 1.0 Membership

1.1 Classes

There shall be five classes of membership in the Association:  Member, Associate Member, Life Member, Student Affiliate and Honorary Member.

1.2 Qualifications

1.2.1 Member  A railway engineer or other railway employee with supervisory or technical responsibilities, who has had not less than three years experience in the design, construction, or maintenance of railway infrastructure, related materials, or maintenance of way equipment.  An employee of a contractor or manufacturer with supervisory or technical responsibilities engaged in the engineering, construction, manufacture, or maintenance of railway infrastructure, materials or maintenance-of-way equipment, who has at least three years of railway related engineering and/or technical experience. Time spent in marketing or sales shall not be used in determining qualifications for a Member.  A dean, professor, assistant professor, or equivalent in an accredited college or university, who with an appropriate degree, has at least three years experience in teaching subjects related to railway infrastructure.  A member or other employee of a public board, commission, or other official agency, who in the discharge of their regular duties has dealt with railway infrastructure issues for at least three years.  A consultant, engaged in the design, construction, or maintenance of railway infrastructure, or an engineer employed by a technical service or research and development organization, who has at least three years of railway related research, engineering and/or technical experience.  An employee of a trade or technical publication who, in the discharge of their duties, deals with railway matters, and who has at least three years related engineering and/or technical experience.  A person having made outstanding contributions to this Association or to the railway industry may be admitted as a member by majority approval of the entire Board of Directors.

1.2.2 Associate Member

Any individual not qualifying as a Member, whose experience and interest may provide valuable support to the Association.

1.2.3 Life Member

A Member or Associate Member who has been a member in good standing for thirty (30) years and is fully retired.

Life Members are entitled to member discount rates for conferences, seminars and publications. Life Members may pay annual discounted dues in order to receive monthly issues of RT&S, Progressive Railroading and the print annual membership directory.

1.2.4 Student Affiliate

A person pursuing a course of study, beyond high school, related to the engineering and/or technical aspects of the railway industry.

1.2.5 Honorary Member

Honorary Members shall be determined by the Board of Directors. Honorary Members are to be persons of acknowledged eminence in railway engineering or management.