By-Laws

CHAPTER THREE
MEMBERSHIP

Article 9

 
Members of the Society must fulfil the following conditions:
  1. They must not be less than 18 years old.
  2. They must be nominated for membership by the Board of Directors.
  3. They must be reputed for their good conduct and behaviour and must not been convicted for any crime affecting their honour or integrity unless they have been reinstated.

Article 10

Membership of the Society shall be classified into six categories:
 
A. Fellow Members:

  1. They must not be less than 40 years of age.
  2. They must be recommended by two fellow members and two active members.
  3. They must have spent at least three years as an active member or must have a fellowship degree from one of the recognised engineering institutions.
  4. They must have experience of at least five years in engineering or architecture enabling them to undertake high-level responsibilities.
B. Active Members:
  1. They must be at least twenty-five years old.
  2. They must be recommended by two fellow members or active members.
  3. They must be a holder of a B.Sc. degree, or its equivalent, in engineering or architecture or institute recognised by the Society.
  4. They must be a holder of “engineer” title in the country in which the certificate was issued, according to the level determined by the Society.
  5. If members are holders of a degree less than the B.Sc., they must be a member of one of the world reputable institutes recognised by the Society.
  6. If they are holders of a MSc. or Ph.D. degree in one of the engineering or architectural disciplines from a recognised university or institute, they must have a B.Sc. degree in one of the disciplines related to the Society’s Bye-Laws.
  7. They must have undergone training for a certain period of time in line with training requirements as provided for in the Society’s Constitution and Bye-Laws.
  8. They must have experience in the engineering practice for at least three years.
  9. They must have engineering academic qualifications and training in engineering for at least six years.
C. Graduate Members:
 
Graduate members are members who fulfil conditions (2), (3), (4) and (5) of Article (10) (B - Active Members), provided that they must not be less than twenty years of age.

D. Affiliate Members:
  1. They must not be less than nineteen years of age.
  2. They must have obtained academic qualifications from one of the engineering disciplines by way of full-time education for a period of at least two years, or by way of part-time teaching for a period at least three years from one of the academic institutions recognised by the Society, or
  3. They must have B.Sc.-equivalent academic degree in one of the recognised disciplines in accordance with the Society’s Bye-Laws.
E. Student Members:
  1. They must not be less than eighteen years old.
  2. They must be full-time students in an engineering discipline at a university or institution recognised by the Society.
F. Honorary Members:
 
The Board of Directors of the Society shall confer honorary membership on persons who benefit the Society in a material or intangible manner or those who have an edge in the engineering-related disciplines, even though they are not practising.

Article 11

The Society shall publish an appendix, to be approved by the General Assembly, containing all the disciplines recognised by the Society.

Article 12

An eligible person wishing to join the Society shall apply for membership to the Secretary of the Board of Directors by filling the application form designated for this purpose and in accordance with the Bye-Laws regulating the classifications of membership and the conditions thereof.
 
The Secretary shall refer such membership application to the Board of Directors at its first meeting and the Board of Directors shall decide, within one month, whether to accept or reject the application.
 

Article 13

An applicant shall be given a notice, in writing, of the Board of Directors’ acceptance or rejection decision within two weeks, giving reasons in case of rejection.
 
Applications, which have been rejected by the Board of Directors, may not be reconsidered before the lapse of at least three months from the date of rejection.

Article 14

A member wishing to withdraw as a Society member may submit a letter of withdrawal to the Secretary. The Secretary shall, within one month from receiving the withdrawal letter, refer it to the Board of Directors to consider the reasons for the member’s withdrawal and the prospect of dissuading the member within one month from the date of review by the Board of Directors. If the withdrawing member does not change his mind during this period of time, his/here withdrawal letter shall be deemed to have been accepted. A withdrawing member shall pay all outstanding subscription fees and any other financial obligations due to the Society.

Article 15

The Board of Directors may dismiss members after hearing their statements, in the following cases:
 
  1. If they breach the Society’s Constitution and Bye-Laws.
  2. If they contravene the lawful resolutions of the General Assembly or the Board of Directors.
  3. If they misappropriate the Society’s funds or property or forges its stamps, correspondence or papers.
  4. If they malign or libel the Society or its activities or the Board of Directors.
  5. If they unjustifiably refrain from paying their subscription fees despite being notified in writing to make such payment.
  6. If they are convicted in a crime involving honour or integrity, unless they have been reinstated.
  7. Such dismissal may not be valid except with the approval of two-thirds of the Board of Directors members. The member concerned shall be notified of the Board of Directors’ resolution within two weeks from the date of such a resolution being adopted.

Article 16

A member who has been dismissed may file an appeal against the dismissal resolution before the Ordinary General Assembly or Extraordinary General Assembly at its first meeting following the dismissal resolution. The resolution of the General Assembly shall be final. The Secretary of the Board of Directors must notify the member concerned of the General Assembly’s resolution within two weeks from it being passed.

Article 17

Membership of the Society shall be forfeited in any of the following circumstances:
 
  1. Death.
  2. Withdrawal from the Society.
  3. Forfeiture of any membership conditions provided for in Article (9) of this Constitution.
  4. Dismissal.

Article 18

A member of the Society shall carry out the following duties:
 
  1. Abide by the Society’s Constitution and Bye-Laws and by the resolutions of the General Assembly and the Board of Directors.
  2. Pay the membership and subscription fees as specified in the Society’s financial regulations.
  3. Endeavour to attain the Society’s objectives by participating in its programmes and activities.
  4. Advocating associations of amity and fellowship and mutual respect among members.
  5. Observing the rules of the engineering practice as determined by the Society.

Article 19

A member of the Society shall have the following rights:
  1. Attend the meetings of the General Assembly and discuss its agenda items.
  2. Receive a membership card in which it shall be printed his/here name, membership number, validity date and any other relevant particulars.
  3. Obtain a copy of the Society’s Bye-Laws.
  4. Obtain a copy of the Society’s Constitution.
  5. Obtain the Society’s publications or literature.
  6. Have access to the Society’s records, documents and correspondence at the times approved by the Board of Directors.  This shall be at the Society’s Headquarters and in the presence of the person taking charge of these items and after the member has only submitted a written application to this effect.
  7. Participate in all the Society’s activities.
  8. Non-Bahraini members and non-resident Bahrainis shall have the right to enjoy all the rights they are entitled to in accordance with their membership classifications, except for the right to be nominated for the Board of Directors.
  9. Inquire about any measure taken by the Board of Directors on any matter, by submitting a written application for this purpose to the Secretary.
  10. Be nominated as and affiliate and active member and to vote, elect and be included in the quorum of these categories.
  11. Use the membership title according to his/here membership classification.