Membership Categories for Individuals

There are four main membership categories in the Association of Lighting Designers, an overview of which can be seen here

Professional Member
Open to anyone who can demonstrate a professional track record in one or more areas of lighting and/or video for live performance. Professional members have full voting rights and are the sovereign body of the association. All officers are accountable to them. 
Professional membership can be gained under one (or more) of six headings. These are:
• Lighting Designer 
• Video Designer
• Programmer (for Lighting and/or Video)
• Lighting Professional
• Video Professional
• Education Professional

In addition to receiving complimentary copies of Focus and full access to the ALD web site, Professional Members also enjoy the following:
• Listing as a Professional Member under whatever heading or headings the member qualifies for
• Regular Professional Members Bulletins
• Professional Members Meetings 
• A publicly viewable micro-site hosted on the ALD’s website
• Listing in the Professional Members Directory
• Support from fellow Professional Members on the executive

More details can be viewed / downloaded here

Applicants for Professional Membership are asked to demonstrate at least two years of professional work in each of the heading for which they apply.

Members working in Lighting or Video with less than two years of professional experience are asked to apply for Affiliate Membership

Affiliate Member
For student members upon graduation and for young and emerging professionals in their early years of work in lighting and/or video for live performance. 
In addition to receiving complimentary copies of Focus and full access to the ALD web site, Affiliate Members also enjoy the following: 
• Regular Professional Members Bulletins
• Professional Members Meetings 
• A publicly viewable micro-site hosted on the ALD’s website
• Listing in the Professional Members Directory
• Support from fellow Professional Members on the executive 
Affiliate Members however do not have voting rights.

Members may hold Affiliate Member status for a maximum of five (5) years. If at the end of this period the member does not wish to, or is unable to, upgrade to Professional Membership, their status will become that of an Associate Member and they will lose the additional benefits of Professional Membership.

Associate
For anyone who is interested in joining, but whose ‘day job’ is not directly concerned with lighting and/or video for live performance. This would include amateurs, casuals, and many hire company employees such as bench & maintenance technicians and some office staff. 
In addition to receiving complimentary copies of Focus and full access to the ALD web site, Associate Members also enjoy the following: 
• Regular Meetings and Visits
• Regular Bulletins
• A micro-site hosted on the ALD’s website behind the members portal to which the member can link
• Listed in Directory.
Associate Members do not have voting rights.

Student
For anyone on a full time course, no matter what that course is in or what level it is at [including interested BTEC and GCSE students for example, as well as those at university interested in but not necessarily studying lighting or video.] 
In addition to receiving complimentary copies of Focus and full access to the ALD web site, Associate Members also enjoy the following: 
• Regular Meetings and Visits
• Regular Bulletins
• A micro-site hosted on the ALD’s website behind the members portal to which the member can link
• Listed in Directory.
Student Members do not have voting rights.

Between September and Christmas 2016, students who are joining the ALD for the first time can apply through the Sponsored Student Scheme.  This is funded by Corporate members of the ALD and full information can be seen on the Scheme's own page