Q: What are the current membership categories?

A: Currently, there are five National membership categories for which you may apply.

  1. Professional Membership – Any individual shall be eligible for Professional membership in the Association
    • Has received monetary payments for at least twenty (20) presentations within the 12 months prior to application; or has given at least twenty (20) presentations to a live audience as part of a salaried position within the 12 months prior to application; or has made at least $25,000 giving presentations within 12 months prior to application.
    • Has a reputation for integrity and sound character;
    • Agrees, upon acceptance of application for membership, to abide by the by-laws, the Association’s Code of Professional Ethics and such other rules or regulations as may be adopted from time to time;
    • Meets such other requirements as may be established by the Board of Directors.
  2. Candidate Membership – Any individual shall be eligible for Candidate membership in the Association
    • Earns a portion of his or her income from at least 10 fee-paid engagements with no time limit;
    • Has a reputation for integrity and sound character;
    • Agrees, upon acceptance of application for membership, to abide by the by-laws, the Association’s Code of Professional Ethics and such other rules or regulations as may be adopted from time to time;
    • Meets such other requirements as may be established by the Board of Directors.
    • Any Candidate member can renew only once with a total maximum membership period of up to twenty-four months upon meeting the criteria, after which he or she must become a professional member.
  3. Supplier Membership – Any individual or company shall be eligible for Supplier membership in the Association
    • Is a Speakers Bureau(s); or a Supplier of materials, equipment or services to professional speakers;
    • Has a reputation for integrity and sound character;
    • Agrees, upon acceptance of application for membership, to abide by the by-laws, the Association’s Code of Professional Ethics, and such other rules and regulations as may be adopted from time to time;
    • Meets such other requirements as may be established by the Board of Directors.
  4. GSF Dual Membership – Any individual shall be eligible for GSF Dual membership in the Association
    • Any Member in good standing of a GSF (Global Speakers Federation) Member Association, outside of CAPS, that meets the minimum Professional Member criteria, may become a Dual Member upon application and payment of dues;
    • Dual Members shall be entitled to the same rights and obligations as a Professional member as provided in the bylaws;
    • This membership category is not available to members whose primary residence is Canada.
  5. Retired Membership – Any individual shall be eligible for Retired membership in the Association
    • Had been a professional member of CAPS for five years;
    • Has no more than five fee-paid speaking engagements per year;
    • Has a reputation for integrity and sound character;
    • Agrees, upon acceptance of application for membership, to abide by the by-laws, the Association’s Code of Professional Ethics, and such other rules and regulations as may be adopted from time to time;
    • Meets such other requirements as may be established by the Board of Directors.

Q: How much is the initial investment for membership?

A: The membership investment is $595 plus $200 initiation fee plus GST/HST. Note: When membership application is accepted, all new members will receive a $100 coupon that can be applied towards registration at their 1st CAPS National Convention as a member.  The annual fee for GSF Dual and Retired members is $300.00 (plus GST/HST).

Member category and qualification Fees
Professional: I have completed a minimum of 20 fee paid engagements in the last 12 months,OR, I have earned a minimum of $25,000 in speaking income within the last 12 months, OR, I have given at least 20 presentations to a live audience as part of a salaried position within the 12 months prior to application. $595.00+ one time initiation fee of $200.00

+ GST or HST

(depending where you reside)

TOTAL w/ TAX

(You will receive a $100 voucher for use towards the registration fee at your 1st CAPS Convention attended as a Member)

Candidate: I have earned income from a minimum of 10 fee paid engagements in my lifetime. I understand I can remain in this category for 24 months ONLY before having to qualify for professional membership. As above
Supplier: Any individual or company who is a Speakers Bureau or a Supplier of materials, equipment or services to Professional Speakers, or the Professional Speaking Industry. As above
GSF Dual: Must be a Canadian citizen living abroad who has a direct membership in one of the other International Federation member associations and must meet the CAPS criteria for a Professional Member. Please complete the Professional Member Presentation Verification forms. $300.00+ GST or HST

(depending where you reside)

TOTAL w/ TAX

(You will receive a $100 voucher for use towards the registration fee at an upcoming CAPS Convention)

Retired MembershipAny individual shall be eligible for Retired membership in the Association if they had been a professional member of CAPS for five years; has no more than five fee-paid speaking engagements per year; and has a reputation for integrity and sound character; As above

 

Q: What documentation is required for membership?

A: For Professional, Associate and Candidate memberships, proof of speaking events and/or speaking income is required as back up documentation (copies of cheques, contracts or invoices). See Membership Application form.

Q: How long does it take to approve and process my membership for CAPS?

A: Once our CAPS National office has received your completed membership application and payment, please allow 2-3 weeks for process verification and approval. You will receive a ‘Welcome to CAPS’ email upon acceptance.

Q: What if I am a college or university professor. How do I qualify for membership?

A: If you are teaching at a University or College to the same students each day, you qualify for Professional membership. Check with our National office for more information.

Q: What if I do not qualify for membership, how do I start?

A: Most local Chapters have mentorship programs to help you get started in reaching the requirements for CAPS National membership. For more information on CAPS’ Chapters click here.

Q: What is the difference between Toastmasters and CAPS?

A: CAPS is the association for experts who speak professionally. Our members earn all or part of their income from professional speaking. It is for those in the business of professional speaking. Toastmasters International is an organization designed to assist people in their speaking skills at regular meetings where members have the opportunity to speak and receive feedback on their speeches. For more information, visit Toastmasters.

Q: Do I have to re-apply for membership every year?

A: You only have to submit qualification documents when you apply for membership. Once you have been accepted as a National member, you need only renew yearly, thereby verifying that you continue to meet the criteria for your membership category. You do not have to provide documentation annually.

Q: What are the benefits of each membership category?

A: Click here to see a table that outlines the benefits of each category of membership.