Membership of the Institute is not open to corporate bodies and is available only to individuals.
There are three grades of active membership:
Affiliate – Affiliate membership is open to anyone having an interest in Traffic Accident Investigation, it is not restricted to any particular discipline. Affiliate membership may not be used as a qualification.
Associate Member (AMITAI) This grade is intended for those working in a specific area of accident investigation, such as a vehicle examiner, who may be unable to demonstrate that they have qualifications, knowledge and experience in the wider spectrum of accident investigation. This grade may also be awarded to an applicant for full Membership, whose application demonstrates that they are working in the general field of accident investigation and have demonstrated competence, but not to the expert standard required for the award of full Membership.
Member MITAI (often referred to as full Member) This grade is intended for those who have attained relevant qualifications in accident investigation and reconstruction, who can demonstrate expertise and experience in this discipline.
Retired status – For those members wishing to receive copies of Contact and Impact the annual fee will be £20.00. This level will also entitle the member to the discounted rates offered to Institute members at events.
Student status – Student membership is open to anyone in full time education with an interest in Traffic Accident Investigation, it is not restricted to any particular discipline. Student membership may not be used as a qualification.
Member (MITAI) and Associate Member (AMITAI) are higher grades of membership which are regarded as qualifications. Both are recognised by professionals within the discipline and can be quoted in expert reports, and also when giving evidence in the criminal and civil courts.
Please download (save to your computer) the form and complete it. Then either print it for posting to ITAI or you can send the form via e-mail. These forms are in Microsoft Word 97-2003 format, if you need the document in ‘pdf’ format please contact email@example.com, thank you.
Additional forms required for Associate and Full membership applications:
Membership to affiliate grade is expected to be completed within approximately 4 weeks from receipt of the application form. Applicants for Associate and Full membership are expected to be able to proceed at the time of application (Sufficient CPD, papers, reports etc). These applications are typically completed within about three months. Where the process extends to six months or more, a review may be required by the Grades Assessment Team. Unnecessary delays caused by the applicant may be a factor for a failed application.
During the process for the application of associate or membership to ITAI, the necessary documentation for the submissions is forwarded to an authorised grades assessor. If the assessor considers the application does not meet the required standard for a particular grade of membership, the application will be forwarded, without comment, to an alternative authorised assessor. Upon completion of the second assessment, if the assessor forms the same opinion, the applicant will be notified that the application has failed and will be provided with feed‑back as to the reasons for the decision. The applicant will also be provided with assistance to progress any further development that is required and encouraged to re-apply in the future.
However, if the applicant takes issue with the outcome of the assessment process he or she may appeal. Any appeal must be in writing, outlining the reason(s) at the earliest opportunity. The communications should be addressed to the Grades Assessment Secretary and sent, where possible, via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. This will enable the Secretary to reconsider matters and progress any possible resolution of the issues raised.
In the event that the appeal cannot be resolved satisfactorily, the matter will be referred to the General Secretary who shall bring the matter to the attention of the Council of Management for the Institute at its next scheduled meeting. Again, where possible, communication should be sent via e-mail to email@example.com
At the discretion of the Council of Management appeals may be made in person; however, costs incurred will not normally be met by the Institute.
The decision of the Council of Management shall be final.
Where an application for Associate or Full membership is successful, the applicant may use AMITAI or MITAI respectively, with immediate effect.
Since January 2014, it has been a requirement that all Members and Associate Members are able to demonstrate a minimum of 25 hours CPD per year.