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2.1 The Institute shall consist of corporate and non-corporate members, all of whom shall be entitled to speak at meetings of the Institute, but only corporate members shall be entitled to vote.
2.2 Corporate members shall comprise the categories of:
Honorary Life Fellow
2.3 An Honorary Life Fellow shall be a person whom the Institute specially desires to honour in consideration of services rendered to the Institute, science or industry. Honorary Life Fellows shall have all the privileges of corporate members.
2.3.1 An Honorary Life Fellow shall be elected by the council and each such election shall be announced at the following ordinary or annual general meeting of the Institute.
2.3.2 The election of an Honorary Life Fellow shall take place at a council meeting, the election shall be by ballot and shall require the unanimous vote of the Council members present.
2.4 A candidate for admission into the category of fellow, or for transfer into that category,
2.4.1 shall have been in a rock engineering position in important mining or civil Engineering, consulting, government, educational or research organizations concerned with those industries, for at least ten years
2.4.2 a candidate shall be practicing his/her profession at the time of his/her application, shall satisfy the council that he/she is a fit and proper person to become a Fellow and the council shall be satisfied that his/her qualifications, training and technical experience justify such professional status
2.4.3. a candidate shall have made a meaningful contribution to the Rock engineering profession either by means of Research or by systems design and implementation in the sector in which he/she is practicing.
2.5 A candidate for admission into the category of member, or for transfer into that category;
2.5.1 shall have been in a rock engineering position in important mining, civil Engineering, consulting, government, educational or research organizations concerned with those industries, for at least four years.
2.5.2 a candidate shall be practicing his/her profession at the time, shall satisfy the Council that he/she is a fit and proper person to become a member, and council shall be satisfied that his/her qualifications, training and experience justify such professional status.
2.6 Non-corporate members shall comprise the categories of:
Retired fellow / member / associate
2.7 A candidate for admission into the category of associate shall not be less than eighteen years of age. The applicant shall satisfy the council that he/she is a fit and proper person to become an associate.
2.8 A candidate for admission into the category of student shall be a person who is being educated or trained in a manner approved by the council to occupy a technical position in or associated with the mining or civil engineering industries. The applicant shall satisfy the council that he/she is a fit and proper person to become a student member.
2.8.1 He/she may remain a student member only while he/she is being educated or trained in a manner approved by the council.
2.8.2 When he/she no longer qualifies as a student member he/she shall automatically be transferred to the category of associate, once he/she has notified council in writing of the change in the status quo.
2.9 A correspondent shall be a member of the ISRM not residing in Zimbabwe, and whose application for corresponding membership is approved by council. The Institute will not be responsible for paying his/her ISRM membership fees.
2.10 A retired fellow / member / associate shall be a person who has ceased to practice his/her Profession, but wishes to remain associated with the Institute.
2.11 Transfers and all applications for election or transfer shall be handled in accordance with the By-laws.
2.12 Every candidate for election to membership of the Institute or for the transfer from one Category to another category of membership shall be duly notified in writing by the secretary of the decision of the council regarding his/her application.
2.13 The Council shall issue to every member a certificate showing the category to which he/she has been elected. Such certificates shall remain the property of, and shall on request be returned to the Institute.
2.14 A corporate member of the Institute shall be entitled to use the following authorized letters designating his/her category of membership of the institute.
Fellow: FZINIRE. Member: MZINIRE
2.14.1 No corporate member shall adopt, or describe himself/herself by any other description or abbreviation than the authorized designation as above to indicate his/her category of membership in the Institute, nor is any person who is not a member of the Institute entitled to describe himself/herself as a member of the institute or to make use of the above letters of designation.
2.15 The council shall have the right either to suspend from participation in the privileges of membership, subject to such conditions as it may deem fit, or to expel from the Institute any members who may have committed any offence or been guilty of any conduct, which, in the opinion of the council renders him/her unfit to remain a member.
2.16 A member may resign from the Institute by sending his/her written resignation to the Secretary together with payment of any moneys due. Any person who has so resigned may be re-admitted to membership at the discretion of the council upon written application, and payment of such fees as the council may decide.
2.17 Members or office-bearers of the Institute have no rights to the property or other assets of the organization solely by virtue of their being members or office-bearers.
2.18 The liability of members for the debts and engagements of the Institute is limited to the amount of any unpaid subscriptions.
2.19 The council shall have the right to amend the requirements for entry to any membership levels and shall have the final say in evaluating any qualification for such purposes, be it local or from any other country.
2.20 With the exception of correspondents, the Institute will pay the ISRM membership fees of all members of ZINIRE, so that all members in all categories shall automatically be members of the ISRM. Where applicable, the membership fees for ZINIRE shall include the fees payable to the ISRM.