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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. (Code of Ethics can be found on the "Join NCMS" page)
  • 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.

CONTRIBUTIONS OR GIFTS TO NCMS ARE NOT TAX DEDUCTIBLE AS CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS. HOWEVER, THEY MAY BE TAX DEDUCTIBLE AS ORDINARY AND NECESSARY BUSINESS EXPENSES.

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.

Online Membership Application

Note: Membership is individual and cannot be transferred. Membership dues are non-refundable.

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 are waived for all Life Members in good standing.

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.

CONTRIBUTIONS OR GIFTS TO [ASSOCIATION NAME] ARE NOT TAX DEDUCTIBLE AS CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS. HOWEVER, THEY MAY BE TAX DEDUCTIBLE AS ORDINARY AND NECESSARY BUSINESS EXPENSES.

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.

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.