New Member Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to AWPA! We are glad you have decided to join with us. Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions from new members:
HOW DO I LOG IN TO THE AWPA MEMBER PORTAL?
There are two ways to access the AWPA Member Portal.
- You can click the AWPA Member Login link located in the top right corner above.
- You can also use the following direct link: https://awpa.users.membersuite.com/auth/portal-login
Once you are logged in to the Member Portal, there are several different areas available to you:
- Profile Icon in the top right corner - Clicking on My Profile, will allow you to see your current membership status, personal contact information, and purchase history with invoices and receipts.
- Directories - This is where you will find the member directory along with committee rosters.
- Meetings and Events - To see upcoming events and events that you are registered to attend.
- Online Store - View the different items available for purchase along with member pricing on many of them.
- Donations - Make a contribution to support the ongoing work of AWPA.
- Member Pages - This will take you to the main AWPA site member area to view committee minutes and proposals, find an article in the document archives, and view the Proposed Evaluation Methods.
HOW CAN I CONNECT WITH OTHER AWPA MEMBERS?
The two primary means by which you can connect with other members of AWPA are by attending meetings and by joining a committee. AWPA meets twice a year, usually in April/May and September. Those meetings are open to all who are interested. AWPA's committees are responsible for developing and maintaining AWPA Standards and carrying out tasks as instructed by the Executive Committee. There are two types of committees: Technical Committees (Preservatives/Protectants and Treatments) and Special Committees. Special Committees are responsible for carrying out special assignments outside the scope of the Technical Committees.
Within these committees you will meet AWPA members who work in chemical companies, treatment plants, universities, and consulting groups as well as a host of others who have a particular interest in the field of treated wood products.
HOW DO I JOIN A COMMITTEE?
After you have been a member of AWPA for 365 days, OR after you have attended one meeting of the committee for which you are applying (not a task group meeting), fill out the application included in this envelope. You can also find the AWPA Committee Application here. Choose a committee based on your area(s) of interest. Please complete one form per committee of interest; make copies if necessary. Submit your application(s) to AWPA (by email, mail, or fax). Your application(s) will be considered by the Executive Committee at their next meeting and you will be contacted regarding their decision. Because the Executive Committee meets on a limited basis, this process of submitting your application to final notification may take up to six months.
HOW DO I SUBMIT A PROPOSAL?
To submit a proposal, download the Standardization Proposal Form to your computer, then complete all of the requested fields in the form. Submit the document in Microsoft Word format to AWPA by email as directed on the form. The dealine is 75 days prior to the commencement of the Fall Technical Committee Meetings.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE?
The Executive Committee manages the affairs of AWPA and provides procedural oversight of the standardization process. It compiles and publishes two major publications each year: the Annual Proceedings and the AWPA Book of Standards.
HOW DO I GET ON THE SCHEDULE TO MAKE A PRESENTATION AT THE ANNUAL MEETING?
A call for papers is normally posted in the October newsletter (check the website) with information regarding to whom those papers should be sent. The organizer of that meeting will discuss with you your paper and where your presentation will fit best in the schedule. Note that papers must be non-commercial and not all papers will be accepted for presentation.
WHEN ARE ANNUAL DUES DUE?
AWPA memberships are based on a calendar year, expiring December 31st of each year regardless of the application date. Dues must be paid by April 1st of each year in order to avoid losing membership privileges. Note that there is a substantial discount for renewing by January 15th. Renewal notices are typically sent in November, January, and March.
WHAT ARE THE DATES AND LOCATIONS OF THE NEXT TWO AWPA MEETINGS?
The currently scheduled meetings are found on the AWPA Meetings web page.