Time limits on ELM and IM grades
There is a seven-year total time limit on remaining as an Entry-Level Member and/or Intermediate Member without progressing to one of the professional grades (PM or APM). This was agreed by members in 2015 as part of the new membership structure. It's therefore a condition of membership that you make plans for your continuing professional development from the start.
Entry-Level Members (ELMs)
We expect that most ELMs will be able to upgrade to IM fairly quickly, and that all ELMs should upgrade to professional membership within seven years of joining. If you have not progressed to a professional grade within seven years you will be asked to leave the Society.
If you joined before 1 March 2015, your time as an Associate (a grade before the membership structure changed in 2015) will be taken into account, but no more than three years of it.
Intermediate Members (IMs)
We expect that all IMs will be able to upgrade to professional membership within four years, and that everyone starting as an ELM should have done so within seven years.
If you have not progressed to a professional grade within four years of becoming an IM, and you have been a member at any grade for less than seven years, you will be asked to step down to ELM. If you have been a member for seven years without progressing to a professional grade you will be asked to leave, regardless of when you upgraded to IM.
Breaks in membership
If you leave the Society and rejoin later, we treat your membership as continuing. To do this, we calculate for you a fictitious ELM start date, from which your maximum seven years as an ELM/IM will run. This date is arrived at by subtracting the number of complete months in your previous period from the date you rejoin. If you joined before the membership restructuring on 1 March 2015, we will only count membership from 1 March 2012.