1. Membership Applications and Payments
1.1 Individual applications for membership may be submitted by paper or online form and from time to time they may be submitted for authorisation by the BIR Council.
1.2 By submitting an application form by email or completing an online form the member is deemed to have signed the application form.
1.3 The BIR reserves the right to re-grade an individual membership to a more appropriate level if the relevant information pertaining to the membership has not been received, or is proved to be inaccurate. Members will be informed of the re-grade and asked if they would like to continue with the application.
1.4 All information provided to the BIR for membership application must be true and accurate at the point of application. Individual members should notify the BIR of changes of job, contact details and training information which may affect their grading and subscription.
1.5 New membership subscriptions may be cancelled at any time; however refunds will only be issued if the cancellation is received within 21 days of the membership start date.
1.6 International applicants may apply for Full membership with the international discounts according to country of residence. It is the responsibility of the applicant to indicate upon application that they require the discount on their Full membership, otherwise the full amount may be charged.
1.7 Full-time UK-based students are eligible for free membership up to their training end-date. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate information about their training. The BIR reserves the right to check the details provided with the applicant’s course provider.
2. Membership Renewals and Cancellations
2.1 Membership is annual from the point of joining. Payment can be made by credit card, cheque or direct debit.
2.2 Full members have the option to pay by 12 monthly instalments upon signing up to direct debit.
2.3 Subscription payments not received within three months of becoming due will result in the membership being lapsed and all benefits may be suspended pending payment. However, the membership charge will remain on the account until resignation is received in writing as outlined below.
2.4 All Trainee and Student memberships will automatically upgrade to the appropriate Conversion plan or Full membership plan according to the training end date provided to us by the member. It is the responsibility of the member to notify the BIR if their training has continued and request a continuation in writing of the Trainee / Student membership.
2.5 To cancel a membership you will need to notify us in writing either by letter or email. Refunds will be issued to cancellations which have been applied for within 21 days of the payment date, with the exception of direct debit payments for which the direct debit guarantee applies.
3. Membership Benefits
3.1 It is the individual member’s responsibility to keep their membership number and Members’ Area logon credentials confidential. The BIR reserves the right to withdraw membership or to prevent a member renewing if the member is misusing the membership benefits (for example allowing someone else to use the benefits of their membership package).