Membership Applications and Payments
1.1 Individual applications for membership may be submitted online, by phone or by paper form and from time to time they may be submitted for authorisation by the BIR Council.
1.2 By submitting an application form online, by phone or by email 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 International applicants may apply for membership with a discount according to regional location (Europe or Rest of the World). It is the responsibility of the applicant to declare their location when prompted to do so, otherwise the full amount may be charged.
1.6 Full-time UK-based students and UK-based trainees are eligible for 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. UK members will need to ensure they have a direct debit mandate set up from the time they join and payment for renewals will be deducted automatically on the subscription renewal date. Credit card payments will be accepted if direct debit payments cannot be made, subject to the discretion of the BIR membership team.
2.2 Subscription payments not received by the subscription end date may result in some membership benefits being suspended until payment is made. The subscription will remain on the individual’s account for four months in total in which time the member can renew. After four months the membership is considered lapsed and the individual will need to re-apply to the BIR for new membership.
2.3 All trainee and student memberships will automatically upgrade to the appropriate 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 is continuing and request in writing an extension to their trainee / student membership.
2.4 To cancel a membership you will need to notify us in writing either by letter or email. Refunds may be issued to cancellations which have been applied for in writing within 21 days of the payment date at the discretion of the BIR, and where the member has not already made use of membership benefits and/or discounts.
3. Membership Benefits
3.1 It is the individual member’s responsibility to keep their 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).