University-related Policies and Procedures

International Function Point User Group
Policies & Procedures Manual v. 3.11 (July 25, 2011)

Membership

Membership in IFPUG is open to any individual, corporation, university/college, or appropriate metrics-interested organization that is willing to subscribe to the goals and policies of IFPUG, and wishes to join IFPUG in their pursuit.

The standard IFPUG membership year is July 1 – June 30. Dues are payable July 1, and must be received by September 1, or the membership is terminated.

To become a member, you can download a hard copy Membership Application form and mail or fax it in.  Instructions for submission are at the bottom of the form.

Alternately, you can use the online membership application process to purchase a membership.

There are three membership categories: Regular, Academic, and Affiliate.

Academic Memberships

Academic Memberships Types

There are two types of Academic Memberships:

A. University/College Membership

This membership applies to an accredited institute, college, university, or other similar business of which its primary existence is the education and training of its registered students. A qualifying institute offers courses as part of a curriculum that results in a degree typically not less than two years, as well as four-year graduate and post-graduate degrees.

Academic members do not have voting privileges unless they pay the equivalent of the individual member price for each voting member.

Academic members are eligible to attend IFPUG events for 50 percent of the price in effect for the event. Meals are an additional cost.

The university or college must specify a primary contact for each department wishing to engage IFPUG.

The university /college and IFPUG will work together to integrate function point information into the curriculum as appropriate.

The faculty members from the university/college will be provided electronically transmitted copies of the Counting Practices Manual free.

Faculty member cannot further distribute the IFPUG Publications (including the CPM) to anyone free of charge, nor can they be placed on any device that facilitates sharing, copying, or duplication of IFPUG copyrighted materials.

IFPUG will license distribution of IFPUG publications to designated bookstores or copy centers to fulfill classroom requirements.

Academic members may purchase IFPUG publications at the Member discount price through the IFPUG office.

IFPUG will provide a free copy of any publication to an instructor who is using IFPUG publications within their course that are required for student purchase for the course.

Academic members will be encouraged to establish IFPUG Student Chapters.

Any function point related articles that Academic Members publish should be made available for IFPUG to publish with permission.

The membership is renewable on a year-to-year basis. After the first one-year term, University members who comply with items 1 – 4 below are eligible to retain their University Membership for another year.

  1. Be the point of contact in actively promoting and teaching software metrics, including function points, as part of your academic institution’s curriculum,
    OR
    Actively provide support for a research project sponsored by the Education Committee, including but not limited to completing the research project, or acting as faculty advisor to a graduate or senior thesis student.
  2. Write a minimum of a two-paragraph article for MetricViews outlining activities completed during the last academic year and proposed activities in the coming academic year.
  3. Complete and submit the request for University Membership form to the IFPUG office. We prefer this be done through E-mail (ifpug@ifpug.org), but postal mail is acceptable. Please mark to the attention of the Education Committee, and
  4. Submit a final report to the Education committee at the end of the academic year.

B. Student Membership

Any full-time student of a learning institution may be a Student Member.

Student members have no voting rights.

Student members are eligible to take Workshops and attend conferences for 50 percent of the price in effect for the event. Meals are an additional cost.

Student members will be provided electronically transmitted copies of the Counting Practices Manual for $10.

Student members may purchase IFPUG publications at the Member discount price through the IFPUG office.

Student members cannot further distribute the IFPUG Publications (including the CPM) to anyone free of charge, nor can they be placed on any device that facilitates sharing, copying, or duplication of IFPUG copyrighted materials.

Academic Membership Dues and Fees

The IFPUG Board sets Membership Dues and Fees from time to time.

At the time of initially joining IFPUG a one-time materials fee is payable, in addition to the membership dues. The materials fee is not prorated for a person/corporation joining as a Regular Member during the January 1 – March 31 period.

Current Membership and Material fees are as follows:

Membership Category

Yearly Dues*

Materials Fee

(First Year Only)

University

Free

$0

Student

$50

$0