Membership Dues Terms and Conditions

Firm members and select individual member types (Affiliate, Patron, Legacy, Emeritus, and Student Associates) shall pay annual membership dues as specified by the Finance/Audit/Legal Committee and are subject to approval by the AGS International Board of Directors. Titleholders and designees attached to member firms are billed annual recertification fees upon successful completion of the recertification exam. Honorary Members shall pay no dues. Any member who fails to pay membership dues or recertification fees within the 62-day grace period shall be subject to loss of membership.

All members acknowledge and agree to abide by the Articles of Incorporation, Standards, and Bylaws of the American Gem Society.

Resignation, suspension, forfeiture, or expulsion from membership shall not relieve the business or individual from liability for any unpaid dues or other duly assessed fees or charges. In order to reapply for membership, all back dues must be paid in full before membership may be approved, except as may be otherwise determined. Membership in the Society shall be non-assessable (except for annual dues).

Membership with the American Gem Society automatically renews upon expiration. Members are automatically invoiced for the next membership period based on the firm member’s previous dues transaction. Membership is not renewed until dues are paid in full, or the first payment of an installment plan is paid in full.

An Advance Renewal Period is made available to members to renew early, as well as make any changes to their current payment plan.

Members have the option to automatically renew their membership each year using the credit card provided in their most current membership transaction. Members must enroll at least seven (7) calendar days before their current membership expires and can opt-out at any time.

Members have the option to pay in full or in six or 12 installments. If selecting an installment option, a transaction fee of $2.50 per installment will be added to the total amount due. If paying by CREDIT CARD/ACH-E-Check, the credit card/bank account will be automatically charged for the remaining installments as scheduled. If using another payment method and payment is not received by the due date, access to the member account may be restricted. If an alternate payment arrangement is required, please contact us at membership@ags.org.

Pay with CREDIT CARD or ACH-E-Check online. If paying by CHECK, please remit to American Gem Society, LB 410009, P.O. Box 35146, Seattle, WA 98124-5146. Checks are deposited immediately upon receipt. Membership dues are non-refundable. Please note that all payments will be applied to the oldest invoice on the account. For payments made on current invoices when older invoices are outstanding, an adjustment will appear on the original payment invoice, and notes will be included in the Comments section of all invoices affected to explain the payment transfer.

We use CardConnect, part of the FirstData/Fiserv family, our payment processor. Every transaction that is processed is protected at the point-of-interaction by CardSecure, their patented data encryption and tokenization solution that transfers incoming credit card data to a secure vault, encrypts it, and assigns it a token.

Please contact us to cancel or make changes to your current payment installment plan. To update your payment plan option for the next membership period, submit your change during the Advance Renewal Period (30 days prior to expiration) or contact us before your membership expiration date.

Individual Member Dues

Affiliate, Patron, Legacy, and Emeritus designation members are automatically invoiced upon expiration and renewed once dues payment is fulfilled. If individual membership is not renewed within the 60-day grace period, the individual member may be resigned, and designation revoked.

Recertification Fees

As of 2021, titleholders and designees attached to member firms are billed an annual recertification fee upon completing the annual recertification exam. Invoices are billed to the firm once the recertification period closes.

These fees replace the dues for these individuals traditionally billed during the renewal period. This ensures your firm only supports titleholders and designees who are qualified to carry their credentials upon completing their recertification exam. 

If payment for the recertification fee invoice is not received within the 60-day grace period, the individual’s title or designation may be revoked.

Any member may resign from the Society by completing the member resignation form and providing 30-days’ notice, in addition to paying all dues up to the effective date of the resignation.