There are various levels of membership for the Vermont Society of Land Surveyors, and each has a particular fee and benefits.
Full Membership is open to any person who is a land surveyor licensed by the State of Vermont. Applications must be approved by the Executive Committee. As part of their regular dues, full members have full voting privileges, may hold officer positions, and may participate in all VSLS committees. Full members also receive membership in the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS).
Life membership may be granted by vote of the Executive Committee to any Full Member 65 years old or older who has held a current dues card as a Full Member for 15 consecutive years immediately preceding, and who requests in writing to be granted the status of Life Member. Additionally, to be approved as a Life member, a member must no longer count surveying as their primary source of income. Life members enjoy all the rights and privileges as Full members, and their dues are 50% of Full Member dues. Additionally, Life Members receive a 25% discount on all VSLS Education Programs.
An associate member is any person interested in surveying and mapping who does not qualify for other membership. Applications must be approved by the Executive Committee. Associate members enjoy the same rights and privileges as full members, except that they have can’t vote in Society proceedings and they are ineligible to serve as officers
A sustaining member is any individual or firm desiring to support the aims and objectives of the Society, who may or may not be entitled to one of the foregoing classes of membership. Applications must be approved by the Executive Committee. Sustaining members are not eligible to vote or hold any office in the Society; however, if a sustaining member also holds another class or other classes of membership, the sustaining member class shall not infringe upon such rights and privileges.
Members of out-of-state Land Surveyors Associations may apply for membership under this category, subject to the following qualifications and restrictions.
Student membership is open to any full-time student in civil engineering, forestry, land surveying, geodesy, mapping, or other related field. Applications must be approved by the Executive Committee. Student members shall enjoy the same rights and privileges as Full members, except they shall have no vote in Society proceedings, nor be eligible to serve as officers.
Honorary membership may be awarded by vote of the Executive Committee to any person who has actively shown interest and assisted in the promotion of the object and purpose of the Society. Honorary members enjoy the same rights and privileges as Full members, except they can’t vote in Society proceedings or serve as officers. Honorary members are exempt from all dues and assessments.
Emeritus membership may be awarded by a two-thirds vote of the entire Executive Committee to any member over the age of 62 who has been a member in good standing for a minimum of ten years and has exhibited meritorious service to the profession and the Society. Emeritus members shall enjoy the same rights and privileges as Full members, but are exempt from all dues and assessments.