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NCMS is a non-profit, professional security society offering unparalleled opportunities for learning, networking, and professional development at the local and national levels. For over 50 years, NCMS has provided building blocks in the development of security professionals through in-depth training, mentoring, and certification; as well as offering industry a voice at the national security policy level. In fact, no other professional association matches NCMS’ specific offerings or the return on investment for member benefits in the national security arena.

Annual Membership

Regular members are those individuals who have been accepted for membership in accordance with NCMS Bylaws and continue in good standing. Membership in the Society is voluntary: the Society may, based on listed qualifications of the applicant, accept or deny membership. Membership in the Society is not a right but a privilege granted by the Society. All applicable laws of the U.S. will be applied to ensure that applicants do not suffer discrimination due to their gender, ethnicity, religion, race, or disability. Membership in the Society shall not create or give rise to any ownership interest in the Society’s property or assets.

Membership is not transferrable.

Membership Dues are non-refundable.

Membership Benefits

NCMS provides its members with a wide array of benefits to assist with education, training, professional growth and development to include:

  • Worldwide networking opportunities with other industrial security experts
  • Chapter Membership is included
  • Opportunity to have a voice within industry
  • Quality training at the local and national levels
  • Mentorship Program
  • Information Systems Security Program
  • Weekly webinar training through the "Brown Bag" Series (free for members)
  • Access to a comprehensive library of industrial security resources
  • Monthly "E‐News" updates
  • Bi‐Monthly Newsletter (NCMS Bulletin)
  • Members only rates for the Annual Training Seminar, local chapter meetings, ISP® Certification program
  • Free Security Services (e.g., Media Destruction, Electronic fingerprinting, etc.)
  • National Job Posting Service
  • On-line Member Forum
  • Resume Posting Service
  • Industrial Security Professional (ISP®) Certification
  • ISP® Exam Preparation Program (EPP)
  • "NCMSU" for on-line training
  • NCMS Annual Training Seminar
  • Local Chapter Meetings and Training

Membership Requirements

Requirements for membership includes:

  • Regular Members must possess qualifications to include employment in industry; government (including the Military Services); or the scientific or academic community, with a responsibility for carrying out a function or functions of industrial security, classification management, information security programs or for research or education in the Society's areas of interest. In addition, students enrolled in an academic program related to the Society's areas of interest and those individuals currently seeking employment or having a professional interest in the field will be considered for membership in the Society.
  • Once Regular Membership has been established and membership dues kept current, a member's continued employment in the area of classification management or industrial security is not mandatory. However, once a break in Regular Membership occurs, all qualifications as specified herein must be met for a former member to be considered for new Regular Membership.
  • A member who is in violation of the NCMS Code of Ethics may be removed involuntarily from the rolls of the Society. (refer to [new Ethics link on revised site]
  • Individuals who are not United States citizens or United States citizens working for or representing a foreign employer shall be considered eligible for membership provided that:
    • They meet the standards required in Paragraphs (a) or (b) above; and
    • They are employed in or by a country or facility with which the United States has a reciprocal security agreement and/or has a facility clearance granted and/or recognized by the United States.
NOTE: NCMS reserves the right to prohibit or restrict non-US citizen access and use of NCMS websites, resources, etc. and attendance of meetings and seminars, etc. to comply with distribution or disclosure requirements imposed by public law, national security policy, or other regulatory documents.

Annual Dues (based on a calendar year) are $125 for members residing in the United States.

Annual Dues are $140 for those residing outside the United States.

Dues are prorated after July 1 to $65 for the remainder of the calendar year.

New members must pay a one-time $30 administrative fee upon joining the Society.

NCMS accepts checks, MasterCard, VISA and American Express.

NCMS Dues are non-refundable.

It is NCMS policy to assess a $20 fee for all checks received by NCMS that are returned due to insufficient funds, stop payment requests, etc. The individual is responsible for the original charge plus the $20 fee in order to complete processing. This applies to all NCMS-related products and services including, but not limited to, member dues, ISP applications and workbooks, Annual Training Seminar registration fees, advertising space, and NCMS Store items. This policy also applies to credit card disputes originated by the individual for legitimate charges. Please call us directly if you see a charge on your credit card from NCMS and are unsure of what it is for. If the charge is our error, we will credit your card immediately. If it is a legitimate charge for any NCMS product or service and the charge was disputed, the individual will be charged a $20 fee in addition to the original charge.

Life Membership

Charter (founding) Members who remain in continuous good standing from the time of joining the Society until they retire from their principle security-related occupation;

OR

Retired Members with at least 20 years of continuous Society membership in good standing. (Note: Retired Life Members who return to employment in a security field will retain all rights and privileges of Life Membership)

Membership Benefits

Complimentary Annual Membership Dues

Complimentary Registration Fees for the NCMS Annual Training Seminar

All rights and privileges of Regular NCMS Membership (See [link to benefits for regular members on new site])

Membership Requirements

Lifetime members must have met all requirements of Regular membership:

  • Regular Members must possess qualifications to include employment in industry; government (including the Military Services); or the scientific or academic community, with a responsibility for carrying out a function or functions of industrial security, classification management, information security programs or for research or education in the Society's areas of interest. In addition, students enrolled in an academic program related to the Society's areas of interest and those individuals currently seeking employment or having a professional interest in the field will be considered for membership in the Society.
  • Once Regular Membership has been established and membership dues kept current, a member's continued employment in the area of classification management or industrial security is not mandatory. However, once a break in Regular Membership occurs, all qualifications as specified herein must be met for a former member to be considered for new Regular Membership.
  • A Member who is in violation of the NCMS Code of Ethics may be removed involuntarily from the rolls of the Society. (refer to [new Ethics link on revised site]
  • Individuals who are not United States citizens or United States citizens working for or representing a foreign employer shall be considered eligible for membership provided that:
    • They meet the standards required in Paragraphs (a) or (b) above; and
    • They are employed in or by a country or facility with which the United States has a reciprocal security agreement and/or has a facility clearance granted and/or recognized by the United States.
NOTE: NCMS reserves the right to prohibit or restrict non-US citizen access and use of NCMS websites, resources, etc. and attendance of meetings and seminars, etc. to comply with distribution or disclosure requirements imposed by public law, national security policy, or other regulatory documents.

Annual Dues (based on a calendar year) are $125 for members residing in the United States.

Annual Dues are $140 for those residing outside the United States.

Dues are prorated after July 1 to $65 for the remainder of the calendar year.

New members must pay a one-time $30 administrative fee upon joining the Society.

NCMS accepts checks, MasterCard, VISA and American Express.

NCMS Dues are non-refundable.

It is NCMS policy to assess a $20 fee for all checks received by NCMS that are returned due to insufficient funds, stop payment requests, etc. The individual is responsible for the original charge plus the $20 fee in order to complete processing. This applies to all NCMS-related products and services including, but not limited to, member dues, ISP applications and workbooks, Annual Training Seminar registration fees, advertising space, and NCMS Store items. This policy also applies to credit card disputes originated by the individual for legitimate charges. Please call us directly if you see a charge on your credit card from NCMS and are unsure of what it is for. If the charge is our error, we will credit your card immediately. If it is a legitimate charge for any NCMS product or service and the charge was disputed, the individual will be charged a $20 fee in addition to the original charge.

Associate Membership

Any person, firm, vendor or corporation engaged in selling, dealing in, and/or manufacturing products, supplies, or services used by the Regular Members of the Society may become an Associate Member of NCMS. Associate Members must continue to be engaged in selling, dealing in, and/or manufacturing products, supplies, or services used by the Regular Members of the Society in order for membership in the Society to remain valid. All Associate Members are subject to and bound by all the laws and rules of the Society that are in force at the time of admission and as altered, revised, or amended thereafter. Associate Members shall have such rights and privileges as may be afforded by the Society from time to time. Associate Members must actively support the tax-exempt mission, programs, and activities of the Society. Membership in the Society is on a calendar year. Half-dues are accepted for applications received and processed after July 1. Membership in the Society is subject to review and approval by the NCMS Membership Committee.

Membership Benefits

Two individual Society memberships per paying entity. Individual members shall have all the rights and privileges of, and are considered to be, Regular Members

25% discount on exhibit booth rental at the seminar

Advertise in the NCMS Bulletin in member rates

Permanent listing in the NCMS Bulletin as an Associate Member

Recognition on the Associate Member page in the seminar program

Company logo, listing, and link on the NCMS web site

Opportunity to promote the member company through direct mail or email advertisements to members.

Membership Requirements

The company must be currently engaged in selling, dealing in, and/or manufacturing products, supplies, or services used by the Regular Members of this Society and must continue to be actively engaged in the selling, dealing in, and/or manufacturing of products, supplies, or services used by the Regular Members of the Society in order for membership in the Society to remain valid.

Associate members understand and agree to actively support the tax-exempt mission, programs, and activities of the Society and agree to abide by the established policies & procedures of the program or risk revocation of membership.

NOTE: NCMS reserves the right to prohibit or restrict non-US citizen access and use of NCMS websites, resources, etc. and attendance of meetings and seminars, etc. to comply with distribution or disclosure requirements imposed by public law, national security policy, or other regulatory documents.

Direct Mail/Email Advertising Guidelines

  • On a quarterly basis, the Executive Director will email the membership directory information to associate members in two encrypted files: one for mailing labels, and one with member emails.
  • This list is proprietary to NCMS is not to be disseminated or sold outside of the associate member’s organization.
  • Proposed emails to the NCMS membership must be reviewed by the Communications Committee before dissemination. Please send the final draft to Sharon Tannahill at Sharon@mmco1.com first for review.
  • When sending out emails, individual email addresses are not permitted to be visible to recipients. Use the “bcc” function, whether using individual email addresses or a distribution list.
  • This list is only to be used for the purpose of promoting your company’s products, services and events as appropriate and applicable to Society members. If there are any questions about what is appropriate, contact the NCMS Executive Director for guidance.
  • When using the list, the organization must identify itself as an Associate Member of NCMS at the beginning of the email and/or in the subject line.
  • Please be sensitive to the fact that people often feel inundated with email, so as a Society we try to minimize how many times emails are sent to all members. Please be mindful of this and avoid email overload to the membership.
  • An “opt-out” option MUST be included in every email sent by the Associate Member to the Society's membership. In the event a Society member affirmative "opts out" of receiving any further Associate member solicitations, such opt out shall be honored immediately. A failure to so honor a member "opt out" may result in the suspension or termination of Associate Membership.
  • Any surveys to the NCMS membership may not be disseminated without prior approval from NCMS. Submit any proposed surveys to the NCMS Executive Director.

Participation at Chapter Meetings

  • Guest speakers who participate in Society activities at the chapter level are expressly prohibited from promoting their own products and services during their presentations.
  • Should a guest speaker also participate as a vendor at a chapter meeting or seminar, they must adhere to the policies set forth by NCMS. (see below)
  • Vendors must be approved by NCMS in advance and are only authorized to sell or promote their products and services during established exhibit hours and within their assigned exhibit space(s), unless approved in advance by the Chapter’s Executive Committee.
  • Vendors who are also paid sponsors will be permitted to advertise in accordance with the sponsorship agreement, if advertising is available.
  • NCMS’ use of vendors at the chapter level are authorized when the involvement of the vendor(s) is of benefit to the membership and consistent with the Society’s goals. Products and services offered should be of value to industrial security professionals.
  • Chapter officers are not authorized to distribute and/or promote an Associate Member’s products or services on the company’s behalf.

Participation at the Annual Training Seminar

  • Associate Members who wish to exhibit at the Annual Training Seminar must complete all required paperwork, must be approved by NCMS in advance and are only authorized to sell or promote their products and services during established exhibit hours and within their assigned exhibit space(s), unless approved in advance by the Executive Committee.
  • Vendors who are also paid sponsors will be permitted to advertise in the seminar program booklet, based on level of sponsorship, in accordance with the sponsorship agreement.
  • NCMS’ use of vendors at the National level are authorized when the involvement of the vendor(s) is of benefit to the membership and consistent with the Society’s goals. Products and services offered should be of value to industrial security professionals.
  • Associate Members who wish to attend the seminar (but not as a vendor or sponsor) are prohibited from any conducting promotional or sales activities during the duration of the seminar.
  • Associate Members who participate at the Annual Training Seminar as a vendor or sponsor are permitted to host an activity during the seminar but must adhere to established guidelines:
    • Hosted activities may NOT conflict with any official seminar events.
    • The Associate Member must coordinate and pay for activities directly with the property or venue.
    • The Associate Member must maintain separate general liability insurance, as the activity will not be covered under NCMS’ policy.
    • All activities must be approved in advance by the NCMS Seminar Committee. Please contact the NCMS Executive Director directly.

Advertisements in the NCMS Bulletin

NCMS Associate members are welcome to advertise in the bimonthly NCMS Bulletin at member rates.

Use of NCMS Logos

NCMS Associate members are permitted to display the NCMS trademarked logo (provided by the Executive Director) on their company web site, identifying them as Associate Members, with a link back to the NCMS home page. Display of the NCMS logo(s) DOES NOT constitute an endorsement of the Associate Member's products or services by NCMS and should be clearly stated on the Associate Member company's web site. The use of the NCMS logo(s) should be limited to the purpose of indicating membership in the NCMS, not an endorsement of the product or service by NCMS.

Member Exclusives on the NCMS Web Site

  • NCMS maintains a page in the “Members Only” section of the NCMS web site to give Associate Members the opportunity to advertise special deals, offers, or promotions that are exclusively for NCMS members.
  • Participation is optional – companies are not required to offer any exclusives to NCMS members as part of their Associate Membership.
  • Those who are interested in participating should send the necessary information to the Executive Director, who will update the page. If there is an expiration date for the offer, include that as well.
**NCMS reserves the right to modify these guidelines at any time and without prior notice.

Annual Dues (based on a calendar year) are $2000 per company.

Dues are prorated after July 1 to $1000 for the remainder of the calendar year.

Dues are not transferrable.

Dues are non-refundable.

It is NCMS policy to assess a $20 fee for all checks received by NCMS that are returned due to insufficient funds, stop payment requests, etc. The individual is responsible for the original charge plus the $20 fee in order to complete processing. This applies to all NCMS-related products and services including, but not limited to, member dues, ISP applications and workbooks, Annual Training Seminar registration fees, advertising space, and NCMS Store items. This policy also applies to credit card disputes originated by the individual for legitimate charges. Please call us directly if you see a charge on your credit card from NCMS and are unsure of what it is for. If the charge is our error, we will credit your card immediately. If it is a legitimate charge for any NCMS product or service and the charge was disputed, the individual will be charged a $20 fee in addition to the original charge.

Alpha Safe
Armstrong Teasdale
Convergint
IdenTrust
identification international
insider threat defense
Inquiries Inc.
Lockmasters Incorporated
Mathcraft
Securitas
Securitas
Sims Software
Sims Software
Tyco Integrated Security
Winvale

NCMS Endorsement/Disclaimer Statement:
Any references to commercial products, processes or services do not necessarily constitute an endorsement by NCMS Inc. Additionally, the opinions and views expressed on any linked website do not necessarily reflect those of NCMS.

Additional

NCMS Code of Ethics/Complaint Process

Updated May 2014

Introduction:

Membership in NCMS is a privilege and with it comes the expectation of professional and ethical behavior by all Society members. As NCMS members, we must never forget that conducting business ethically requires much more than merely complying with the laws, rules and regulations that govern our business. Overall common sense and good judgment should rule the day in our decisions. Below are three behavioral elements that are central to the NCMS code of ethics.

Human Element:

NCMS members (individual and associate) are expected to at all times treat others with respect and dignity. We value an inclusive membership which promotes diversity of thinking and helps us reach the goals and objectives of the Society. NCMS members are committed to continuously adhering to the highest standards of ethical conduct in everything that they do as professionals. Membership should diligently refrain from engaging in unprofessional, unethical or negative conduct damaging to the Society, the membership and/or the professional, such as starting or perpetuating rumors regarding other Society members or industry professionals, making defamatory statements with respect to a Society member or other industry professional, or from knowingly or intentionally engaging in conduct in violation of local, state, and federal laws and/or regulations and other compliance directives pertaining to our profession.

NCMS Element:

A core principle and continuing goal of the Society is the education and development of the security professional. Members shall at all times adhere to the policies and procedures of the NCMS as set forth in the NCMS Bylaws and the NCMS Policies and Procedures Manual, both of which may be amended from time to time at the discretion of the Society. Members shall, where possible, assist fellow security professionals who are in need of skill development or tools to assist in maintaining proficiency in the appropriate security discipline. Membership must also refrain from activities or conduct that discredits, misrepresents or which is contrary to the best interests of the Society, its goals and its membership.

National Security Element:

It is the continuing duty and responsibility of every NCMS member to diligently ensure the proper safeguarding of classified, sensitive, controlled classified, Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and proprietary information belonging to any government or company which is in the interest of national security.

Closing:

Any Society member who violates any of the ethical tenets, rules and requirements contained in this Code of Ethics may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of NCMS membership.


COMPLAINT INVESTIGATION/DUE PROCESS

 If an NCMS member notices unprofessional or unethical behavior in any NCMS member, they should submit in writing their observations to the NCMS Executive Director.

 If an NCMS member fails to act in an honest, forthright and dependable manner or conducts activity that brings discredit to the Society, another member has the opportunity to file a complaint, subject to the following actions:

  •  The NCMS VP or Executive Director receives the member's written ethics complaint using a Complaint Form.
  •  The Complaint Form and accompanying material is provided to the Ethics Committee.
  • The complaint is logged in and a file opened with receipt acknowledged by NCMS to the complaining party setting forth the procedures and schedule to be followed, as well as requesting any additional information or supporting documentation the complaining party must provide to move forward.
  • The due process procedures should be very clear that complaining parties must provide all documentation and information they will be relying upon and that such documentation and information, including the complaint, will be shared with the party or parties against whom the complaint is directed as well as a hearing panel and the Board of Directors in the event of an appeal.
  • A demand for anonymity or the refusal to provide documents supporting claims may be grounds for refusal by NCMS to consider the complaint further. No party to an NCMS ethics complaint will be permitted to be represented by counsel in any hearing provided.
  • The party or parties against whom the complaint is directed are to be notified in writing of the complaint and provided with copies of the complaint and any supporting documentation. The party charged should be provided with 30 days to respond in writing, also including any supporting documents he or she wishes to rely upon and have considered by the hearing panel and Board of Directors as part of the response.
  • The complaint and response and any supporting documents are provided to the Ethics Committee. The committee can opt to consider the complaint only on the pages submitted or request that the parties to the complaint participate in a telephone conference to support their respective positions and respond to any questions from members of the hearing body.
  • In either case, the Ethics Committee should consider the respective positions and deliberate in person or via telephone conference to ensure maximum effectiveness in terms of shared deliberation.
  • Within 30 days, the hearing and deliberations should be conducted and completed following the Ethics Committee's receipt of the complaint and documentation. Upon reaching a decision, the Ethics Committee Chair will provide written documentation of the committee's finding in writing (with or without reasons) to the Executive Director, NCMS VP, and the respective parties along with any sanction(s) to be meted out. The written decision should be issued within 30 days of the completed hearing and deliberations.
  • Any party wishing to appeal the decision of the hearing body may do so in writing submitted to the NCMS Executive Director within 10 days of his or her receipt of the hearing body's written decision.
  • All appeals will be heard by the NCMS Board of Directors, with any Board member having a conflict excusing him or herself from the process. The Board would be asked to consider the initial complaint and supporting documents, the response and documents submitted by the party or parties charged, and the written notes and deliberations of the hearing body.
  • The Board would have the sole discretion to have both parties appear or present via telephone conference their respective positions and respond to questions. The Board's finding on appeal would be final and binding upon the parties to the ethics complaint. The Board could accept or decline the sanctions imposed by the hearing panel and impose its own sanctions (or not), which would also be final and binding.
  • The Board's finding and any sanctions would be reported in writing to NCMS and the respective parties within 10 days of the issuance of the Board's decision.

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