become an alte full member

ALTE Full Members take a full, active part in the life of the association and have at least one of their tests audited through the Quality Management System resulting in a Q-Mark.

In order to be a Full Member, organisations must:

  • be a legal entity (legally registered in a country)
  • have read and agreed with the ALTE constitution
  • have an interest and active involvement in language testing
  • subscribe to ALTE's Principles of Good Practice
  • be accepted by the ALTE Board of Trustees as a candidate for full membership
  • produce tests of the language(s) of the country or region that they are registered in. (See Note 1) (They may also produce tests of other languages)
  • have been an ALTE Associate Member (or Institutional Affiliate) for at least one year and have taken part in ALTE events and activities - including the Orientation to ALTE Audit System session
  • have the Q-Mark for at least one of their tests (see Note 2)
  • have at least 500 test takers per year (but see Note 3)
  • agree to continue attending ALTE events and activities and taking part in the life of the association


Notes

1The language of the country/region where they are sited is usually a language that has some sort of official recognition as such. This may be a spoken or signed language. The Board of Trustees will work with the organisation in question to determine if the language fulfils this criterion. 

2Or was a member of ALTE EEIG before the introduction of the Q-Mark in 2008 and is working towards fulfilling the requirements of the quality audit; ALTE Framework will only display tests that have the Q-Mark. Members that have had a resolved audit for a test in the language of their country/region may also request quality audits for any tests they create of other languages.

3In recognition of ALTE’s support for lesser-used or minoritised languages and cases where there will never be as many as 500 candidates a year, the Board of Trustees will consider including members who provide such tests for full membership, if a successful audit is achieved.


Benefits of becoming a full member include:

  • Use of the ALTE logo
  • Physical and digital membership certificate
  • Listing on the ALTE website
  • Taking part in the ALTE Quality Management and auditing system (at additional cost)
  • Following a successful audit, use of the Q-Mark which indicates a recognition of quality of language testing
  • Opportunity to host a conference, thus enabling the showcasing of your institution and language tests
  • Opportunity to access ALTE Validation Unit’s services (at additional cost)
  • Opportunity to collaborate on projects
  • Access to sections of the ALTE website such as the electronic discussion forum
  • Invitation to attend ALTE biannual conferences and other events organised for Members
  • Reduced delegate rates at specified ALTE events and training seminars (courses)
  • The opportunity to receive, via email and post, ALTE communications
  • The opportunity to exhibit at appropriate ALTE events
  • The opportunity to work in ALTE Special Interest Groups
  • Opportunities to build international links through the ALTE network, including those of European institutions
  • Opportunities to stand and serve in the Executive and Standing Committees, pending election
  • Invitation to attend the ALTE AGM
  • Voting rights, e.g. in elections to committees or votes at the AGM


Procedure to become ALTE Full Member

There are 5 main steps to become an ALTE Full Member:

1) Become an ALTE Associate Member

The standard procedure for an organisation to join ALTE requires becoming an ALTE Associate Member (previously an 'Institutional Affiliate') in the first instance. Please visit the page on becoming an ALTE Associate Member for more information about this step, including the application form. 

Organisations should be an Associate Member for a period of one year before applying for full membership.

2) Regularly attend ALTE events

Before an ALTE Associate Member can submit their application to undergo an ALTE audit and become an ALTE Full Member, they need to attend at least two ALTE events (conferences, SIG meetings, courses), and at least one of them needs to be one of the biannual ALTE meeting and conference.

Attending ALTE events and actively participating in the life of the Association is an important part of being an ALTE Associate Member and this will be taken into account by the Board of Trustees when reviewing the applications to become ALTE Full Member. Furthermore, it is not possible to start the procedure to apply for ALTE full membership, as per point 3 below, until at least one of the representatives of the organisation has attended the Orientation to ALTE Audit System session – failure to attend the ‘Orientation to the ALTE Audit System’ session will delay the process of applying for the ALTE audit, which is a pre-requisite to become an ALTE Full Member.


3) Apply for ALTE Full Member status (to be approved by the Board of Trustees)

Before any organisation can apply for ALTE Full Membership status, the Board of Trustees will check that the organisation fulfils the requirements listed above. Please check that your organisation fulfils these criteria, and then request the ALTE Membership application form from the ALTE Secretariat.

Complete the application form, and write a formal letter of intent addressed to the ALTE Secretary-General. The letter should be signed by the legal representative of the organisation (the person with legal authority to enter into contracts). The letter should express the intention to become an ALTE Full member, especially including the following information about their examination(s) intended to be audited:

  • nivåer (till exempel A1/B2, etc.);
  • ett antal testtagare som tar dem;
  • vem som ansvar för dem och hur de administreras;
  • vilka statistiska analyser som används ;
  • om några nya prov planeras.

The above documents shall be reviewed by the ALTE Board of Trustees, either during one of the bi-annual Board meetings or by email. The Board of Trustees will decide if the organisation is suitable to join the Association as ALTE Full Member and undergo an ALTE audit.

If the application is approved by the Board of Trustees, the organisation can start preparing the documentation in order to undergo the audit, assisted by the ALTE Secretariat. In the next section, there is some general information about the ALTE audit system and some links to related documents to help with the organisation and familiarisation with the ALTE audit system.


4) Apply and undergo an ALTE audit (of at least one of the organisation’s examinations)

A crucial part of the application to become an ALTE Full Member is to undergo an ALTE audit for at least one of the organisation's exams. Detailed information on the ALTE auditing process and its different stages is available in the ALTE Procedures for Auditing. 

The ALTE Quality Assurance checklists (available in Resurser) may also be helpful as they cover aspects of exams audited - test construction; test administration; marking, grading and results; test analysis and post-examination review. The checklists can be used as a self-assessment tool and it is recommended that they are completed by all organisations who consider applying for ALTE audits (the information about this part of the process can also be found in Section 5 of the PFA document mentioned above).


5) Become an ALTE Full Member

Once the ALTE audit is completed with the outcome ‘Resolved’, the organisation will need to complete all the legal procedures and sign the Membership Agreement to officially become an ALTE Full Member. The ALTE Secretariat will provide detailed information beforehand about all the legal requirements and documents needed. 

After signing the Membership Agreement, the new ALTE Full Member is allocated a unique Q–mark reference and logo. This is the quality indicator which member organisations can use to show that their examinations have passed an ALTE audit. For full details on how the Q–mark can be used, please refer to the Q-Mark Guide.

Organisationen kommer sedan att bjudas in för att ge en kortare presentation om sin organisation på en efterföljande konferens. Presentationen kommer att hjälpa andra organisationer att bättre förstå hur den nya organisationen är uppbyggd och vilka slags prov ni arbetar med. Organisationen kommer även att behöva sätta ihop en kort beskrivning av organisationen som kommer att läggas upp på ALTE:s webbsida.

The annual fee for ALTE Full Members is €2,250. The ALTE annual subscription fees are payable each January upon receipt of the invoice from the ALTE Secretariat.

Kontakta ALTE "Secretariat" om du har några frågor denna process eller om några av stegen ovan(secretariat@alte.org).

Note: transfer of membership is usually not permitted - however see the Rules on Transfer of Membership.

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