Conditions of IfL membership
Conditions of IfL membership
In signing up for IfL membership, you agree to the conditions of membership outlined below.
The conditions of membership exist to provide members with an overview of how their individual relationship with the Institute for Learning (IfL) works.
The conditions of membership are provided for under policies approved from time to time by the elected non-executive board. The conditions of membership are reviewed regularly and this version brings into one place a number of conditions previously published in separate documents. These conditions have been updated to reflect the changes in the further education workforce development regulations.
The revised conditions came into effect on 8 February 2013 for the membership period through to 31 March 2014 (1 year membership) or 31 March 2015 (2 year membership).
Companions, Affiliates, Associates, Members and Fellows, referred to throughout the conditions of membership as "members", are members of IfL, the professional body for teachers and trainers and not members as defined by the Companies Act unless otherwise elected to IfL’s advisory council.
IfL is an inclusive professional membership body for teachers, trainers, tutors and other professionals in teaching and learning roles (referred to throughout the conditions of membership as "teachers and trainers"), who may be Fellows, Members, Associates and Affiliates of IfL. Others who are not professional teachers or trainers but who have an active interest in teaching and training may be Companions of IfL. Members are awarded membership grades based upon their teaching and learning qualifications. Those who are working towards the award of a teaching or training qualification or who have an interest in the sector are welcome to participate as Affiliates or Companions.
3. Data protection
4. Data security when using IfL’s online resources
IfL recognises the importance of membership data, and its website and other online resources comply with industry standard security levels. Members should take all reasonable steps to ensure that login details are secure and passwords are protected. Members should take extra precautions when accessing their account in a public space or on a shared computer to protect personal information.
5. Communications from IfL
Members may opt in or out of most communications from IfL at any time during membership.
We will continue to send you information on essential member communications, for example: membership renewal reminders or IfL council election notices, and you can select how you wish to receive these.
6. Information provided
It is important that members provide accurate information at all times, especially during initial registration and subsequent renewal of membership. Any misleading information may be regarded as a breach of the Code of Professional Practice. IfL may refuse or delay registration or renewal if it needs to clarify information provided.
7. Membership grades
There are five grades of membership:
- Fellow (FIfL)
- Member (MIfL)
- Associate (AIfL)
The membership grade criteria are based upon the award of teaching and training qualifications. See IfL membership grades.
8. Maintaining your membership record
Members should take all practicable steps to keep membership records accurate and up to date including contact details, teaching and training qualifications, details of subjects taught and employment details. This enables IfL to keep members informed and to provide the best service to members, for example relating to developments in teaching or training in their subject or vocational area.
You can add or amend details at any time through My Pages.
9. Payment of membership fees
Fees for the membership period are due on 1 April each year and failure to pay will result in loss of benefits and services. Payment can be made online using a debit or credit card, direct debit or by cheque.
Membership fees must be paid within six weeks of initial registration or renewal.
10. Renewing membership
The membership period for 2013/14 (1 year membership) and 2013/15 (2 year membership) commences 1 April 2013. Membership is due for renewal on or by 1 April each year and it is not dependent on the date an individual member first registered.
Membership renewal is not automatic but is subject to:
- Receipt of payment for the annual membership fee within six weeks of the date of renewal or confirmation that this will be met by a third party (employer)
- Confirmation of remaining in good professional standing through the declaration of CPD (excluding Companions)
- A commitment to abide by the Code of Professional Practice and any conditions that may be in place for individual members at the time of renewal.
Members will be invited to renew membership at least six weeks before the due date and will be contacted by email with guidance on how to complete the process. Members are advised to have payment details to hand when renewing membership.
11. Resignation and lapsing of membership
Members who resign or who allow their membership to lapse are able to resume membership. Members who resume membership after resigning or allowing membership to lapse will be subject to the criteria in place at the time of re-joining including membership grades and any conditions for the resumption of professional status.
Any member can resign from membership by contacting the membership team by phone, email or in writing.
IfL is under no obligation to refund any membership fee in the event of a member resigning from membership. Further information on refunds is outlined in IfL’s refund policy (PDF 377 kb, opens new window).
Members who have not renewed their membership by 1 April each year will be sent at least one email and one postal reminder. If a member has not renewed their membership by 31 May, their membership status will automatically change to ‘lapsed’.
(c) Members with Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) teaching in maintained schools
QTLS status is conferred by IfL on successful completion of professional formation. Holding QTLS status to be recognised as qualified to teach in schools is conditional on members remaining in good professional standing through the declaration of CPD to IfL each year and adherence to the Code of Professional Practice. These conditions are met through IfL membership.
Members who resign may reinstate their membership if the conditions in section 10 (above) are met. Members who resign and wish to reinstate their membership in a subsequent membership period may do so, subject to them meeting membership conditions in place at the point of re-registration.
12. Membership cards and certificates
Membership cards and certificates remain the property of IfL and should not be used improperly. They are not intended as a means of identification. They do not give the bearer any authority to act or speak on behalf of IfL. Should a member leave membership for any reason IfL expects any membership card or certificate to be returned as soon as possible.