Frequently Asked Membership Questions

How do I join GhIG (How do I become a member of GhIG)?

There are two ways to become a member.

  1. Pick membership Application form from the Secretariat at the GhIG Office at The Geological Survey Department and follow the direction by making payment in an appropriate Bank account.
  2. Alternatively, you can apply online by clicking GhIG Membership Application Form

How long does it take for my application to be processed?

Once we have received your application it will take approximately four weeks for the application process to be completed (incomplete applications can take longer). Your application is firstly checked for all necessary documentation and sponsors are verified. We will contact you to confirm receipt of your application, provide you with a reference number and advise if further information is required. Each month all completed applications are forwarded to the Applications Committee for review, the committee make recommendations to the Board for consideration and approval. These recommendations are then placed on a ballot and forwarded to The GhIG Board for approval. Confirmation of election, including a membership card and certificate will be sent by mail to your nominated postal address.

How much will my membership cost?

The cost of membership will depend on the grade to which you are applying. A once-off application fee also applies for most new or reinstating members and reinstating members may be required to pay any outstanding arrears. Go to the subscription fees page to calculate your fees. Payment must be included for applications to be processed. For reinstatements and transfers, please contact the Membership Department prior to submitting an application.

What qualification and experience do I need?

Member Grade

A copy of your CV and confirmation of your degrees, diplomas, etc should be included when applying for Member Grade The only exception is in the case of reinstatement or grade transfer where required information has previously been approved. (If your degree is in a language other than English please submit a copy in English). The following forms of confirmation are acceptable:

  1. photocopy of the degree, diploma, etc certified by at least one sponsor as a true copy, or
  2. formal statement from the tertiary institution specifying the degree, diploma, etc granted. When applying for Graduate or Associate only a C.V is required to determine your level of experience.

Student Grade

The grade of student is heavily subsidised for students who are studying full time with limited income. As per By-Law, this grade applies to undergraduate students undertaking their first tertiary program of Board approved study, or persons engaged in education and experience that will ultimately qualify them for Graduate or Associate membership. Candidates that already meet the admission requirements for any other grade of GhIG membership are ineligible for admission as Student members. The Head of Program/Department or Senior Lecturer under whom the Student is studying must sponsor the application in replacement of gaining access to a corporate member.

Graduate Grade

A copy of your CV and confirmation of your degrees, diplomas, etc. should be included with this application. The only exception is in the case of reinstatement, if required information has previously been approved.

Associate Grade

A copy of your current CV should be included with this application form. Your CV should provide proof that you meet the requirements of admission to this grade.

What if I don’t know any GhIG Members to sponsor my application?

In special circumstances where you cannot obtain the necessary signatures from GhIG Corporate Members, the Board may admit applicants on production of satisfactory evidence of experience. Please contact the Membership Department in the first instance.

When do I renew my membership?

Annual subscriptions shall be payable by 1 January each year. Subscription invoices are sent to members in October of the preceding year.

What fees are payable to submit an online application?

Online applications for Member/Associate incur application fee that is not refundable which must be paid first into a GhIG Account before proceeding.