SFPE has four different types of chapters, there are few differences in the start-up process. In each case the process is fairly straightforward. They all start with holding an informal meeting of interested professionals to gauge interest in forming a chapter. Typically, a group needs a core of 10 volunteers to launch a chapter. If the group agrees to participate in the effort, you are well on your way to forming a SFPE Chapter. Networking Chapters are designed to be successful as a small groups. Incorporated Chapter will need at least 25 to start and 100 members to be sustainable based on the fact that studies show 10% of the membership will take on leadership roles and you need at least 10 people managing the chapter to be successful. The Affiliate Chapter (outside North America) will vary.
The 4 types of chapter are:
Typical steps for a New Chapter:
After the exploratory team agrees to pursue being a chapter, the team needs to submit the following items to SFPE for approval.
- Proposed bylaws
- List of organizing members
- Facility Advisory (Student Chapter Only)
Your request will be submitted to the Board of Directors for approval. Once approved, you will be forwarded a signed Chapter Charter and certificate.
For questions on how to start a chapter, please contact Julie Gordon, SFPE Director of Membership and Chapter Relations.