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MEMBERSHIP QUALIFICATIONS

A member shall be a graduate of an accredited college or university as defined in Section 3, Article II of the Constitution, and shall have met the formal education requirements or satisfied the permissible substitutions specified in the Bylaws.

QUALIFICATION FOR PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP THROUGH FORMAL EDUCATION

  1. A bachelor of science degree from an SWST-accredited program is sufficient qualification for professional membership. Evidence of the degree must be submitted to the Membership Committee.

  2. The bachelor of science or an advanced degree (either of which has been earned through specialization) in the field of wood science and technology or forest products obtained from an accredited college or university is sufficient qualification for professional membership. Evidence of the degree must be submitted to the Membership Committee.

  3. Specialization in the field of wood science and technology or forest products is defined as a course of study that includes the following elements:

a. Required background courses (basic sciences) are:

   (1) A foundation in mathematics; (2) Chemistry; (3) General physics; (4) Biological science.

b. Requirements in wood science are as follows:

(1)  A minimum background in wood science, including:

(a) Biology of wood. Studies of anatomical structure and identification of wood must be included. Additional courses may be in such areas as forest products pathology and wood microtechnique.

(b) Physics and chemistry of wood. This area includes such courses as wood chemistry, wood fluid relations, and the physical properties of wood.

(c) Wood engineering. Studies of the mechanical properties of wood must be included. Additional courses may be in such areas as engineering design of wood structures and engineering principles of wood processing.

(2)  A meaningful program of study involving at least two or more of the following areas of concentration or specialization:

(a) Basic sciences and wood science. Additional studies in basic sciences and/or wood science, including research methods and techniques beyond the requirements specified in 3.a.1 and 3.b.1.

(b) Wood technology. Technological applications of wood science; wood processing, including drying, preservation, machining, gluing, and finishing of wood.

(c) Pulp and paper technology. The pulping of wood and conversion to fiber products; technology of fibers and paper products.

(d) Forestry and wood utilization. The production, distribution, and economics of wood and wood-based products.

(e) Industrial engineering and business, and industrial administration, including accounting, quality control, and business management.

QUALIFICATION FOR PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP THROUGH SUBSTITUTION FOR DEFICIENCIES IN FORMAL COURSES

A. Graduates of qualified colleges or universities whose formal education does not include all of the areas specified under II. A above may receive credit applicable to professional membership eligibility as follows:

1. If deficiencies exist in one of the wood sciences (biology of wood, physics and chemistry of wood, or wood engineering), credit earned in advanced courses in related general sciences (biology, physics, chemistry, or engineering) may be substituted for such courses. Creditable substitute courses will be only those over and above the foundation courses listed in 3.a.1.

2. In areas of specialization (3.b.2), work experience in a responsible technical position may be substituted for education in the corresponding area.

3. The applicant must furnish an official (college) transcript for all coursework to be considered in evaluating the membership application if requested to do so by the Membership Committee.

B. An applicant also may qualify for professional membership provided both of the following requirements are satisfied:

1. A bachelor or higher degree in a fundamental or other discipline related to the broad field of wood science and technology (as judged appropriate by the Membership Committee) awarded by a qualified college or university.

2. At least two years of employment related to the wood industry, or in the field of wood science and technology, in a responsible technical position as judged by the Membership Committee.

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERS FROM EMERGING COUNTRIES

A. Member shall be from a qualifying list of emerging countries as recognized by SWST.

B. The member shall have the same requirements for membership as listed in Article II above.

REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENT MEMBERSHIP

A student member shall be an undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled in a qualified college, university, or scientific school.

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