What to Expect During the Renewal of your RID Membership This Year:
On Friday, March 18, 2016, the RID Board approved the reconceptualization of the categories for membership dues and fees that RID Headquarters presented for Fiscal Year 2017. This new structure is a redistribution of revenue and expenses to more accurately reflect the actual costs associated with RID’s programs and services.
Over the past year, we have really dug down deep in reviewing many of the systems of RID and how that impacts our sustainability and growth for the future. One thing that has become abundantly clear is that our systems, policies, and procedures have not always evolved over the years to reflect or mirror the shifting paradigms of our association. Our structures are not reflective of how we are or should be conducting our operations. This reconceptualization of dues and fees works to align the services provided with a more accurate distribution of costs associated with operations.
Historically, RID has collected more revenue through membership dues than membership fees. However, there is more expense in operating the programs that are supported through the fees rather than the dues. But, we have not accurately reflected that in how membership or fees were priced. As well, we have not been sufficiently clear in defining what is included and covered by fees. As a result, our assessment of dues and fees has been out of sync with how we operate and do business.
The old structure was:
- Membership Dues
- Everything was lumped into member services except those fees below
- CMP Fees – Tracking of continuing education
- EPS Fees – Commitment to the Ethical Practices System and the administration of that program
The new structure dues and fees structure, as approved by the Board, include the following categories:
Membership dues represent your payment for participation in the governance of the organization, such as voting and volunteer leadership eligibility. It also offers you certain publication benefits and discounts for conferences, tests and products.
Fees represent your privileges associated with holding national certification (using it for employment purposes, as a credential for professional recognition, etc.), and the costs RID must absorb for all of its members to set and uphold national certification, defend certification standards, invest in advocacy for that standard at the local, state and national level, and services associated with maintenance through continuing education, enforcement through the Ethical Practice System, etc. These benefits may seem intangible to many members, yet are the very benefits that enable members to continue to enjoy the privileges associated with professional standing. At its core, this is why RID exists—to promote, defend and perpetuate quality standards for interpreting practitioners.
This realization necessitates a shift so that there is clear understanding of what your monies go toward through your involvement with your professional association. This move also aligns us more closely with the registration and licensure fees that are assessed at the state level for qualification to practice and commitment to standards.
Following are tables with the current FY16 dues and fees structure and the new FY17 structure that will be implemented with renewal this year.