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Membership System

ARPAST strives to provide the highest quality in all of our endeavors. Integral to that goal is the requirement that our membership roster consist of individuals who are of the highest caliber.

We strongly believe that training and the furtherance of knowledge is an intrinsic part of our organization’s mission. By investing in the knowledge of our members, we are not only increasing their overall value to the organization, but also helping to maximize the legitimacy of our field.

Our members must be dedicated to continually expanding their knowlege via training and education, while remaining cognizent of the overall goals and mission of the organization.

To that end, we have developed a formalized membership structure consisting of a multi-tiered hierarchy. With the exception of "Associate Researcher," "Consultant," and "Benefactor Member," the membership system is closely tied to our training curriculum, and allows individuals to progress within the organization at their own pace and comfort level.

If you are interested in joining ARPAST, please click here to begin the process.

SENIOR RESEARCHER
RESEARCHER
RESEARCHER IN TRAINING (RIT)
JUNIOR/TEEN RESEARCHER
ASSOCIATE RESEARCHER
CONSULTANT
BENEFACTOR MEMBER

Senior Researcher

A Senior Researcher has extensive experience and knowledge related to the science of paranormal investigation. This individual will often be called upon to help organize and field research experiments and investigations.
  • Completed all prescribed training modules
  • At least (2) years total experience in field
  • Attended at least five (5) investigations (open or private)
  • Full access to all ARPAST resources
    • Full access to Secure Extranet (member section of site)
    • Full access to Socius (research database)
    • Full access to message board
    • Full access to continuing education (CE) opportunities

Researcher

The ARPAST Researcher has shown continued commitment and dedication to expanding their knowledge of the field while furthering the organizational mission and goals.
  • Completed at least training module 1 and 2
  • Attended at least two (2) monthly meetings.
  • Attended at least two (2) investigations (either open or private)
  • At least six (6) months in field
  • Strong commitment to group
  • Full access to all ARPAST resources
    • Full access to Secure Extranet (member section of site)
    • Full access to Socius (research database)
    • Full access to message board

* “Round Robin” queue selection for private investigations

Researcher in Training (RIT)

All new researchers must start as a Researcher in Training unless granted exception by the Board of Directors. RIT's are placed on a six-month probation period from the date of joining. This six-month period will allow ARPAST to gauge your dedication and commitment to this field of study.
  • Completed at least training module 1
  • Less than six (6) months total experience in field
  • Strong commitment to field/group
  • Limited access to all ARPAST resources until training requirements are met to enable progress to next level
    • No access to Secure Extranet (member section of site) until attended at least two (2) monthly meetings and two (2) investigations
    • No access to Socius (research database)
    • Limited access to message board

* “Round Robin” queue selection for private investigations

Junior & Teen Researchers

Junior Researcher is the title given to our younger members. These members are welcome to attend any investigation deemed "junior friendly" as well as special Junior Researcher events. Junior Researchers do not have access to any of the ARPAST resources, but will have access to learning about equipment and research methods used. Junior Researchers range in age but are ideally 8-14 years old.

Teen Researchers are typically between the ages of 15-17 years old, and have expressed a sincere interest in joining the ARPAST team. Teens will have limited to no access to ARPAST resources, but will have access to learning about equipment and research methods used.

NOTE:
An adult (18+) parent or legal guardian must be present at all times.

If your child/teen is interested in becoming a Junior/Teen Researcher, please send an inquiry to info@arpast.org.

Associate Researcher

Individuals who are associated with other paranormal organizations may attend ARPAST "OPEN" investigations only. This allows the individual the flexibility to determine whether the scientific methodology of ARPAST is a good fit for their personal goals, while also minimizing any possible conflicts of interest which may occur before making the commitment to full membership. In addition, this allows us to determine the level of commitment and seriousness of the individual before we invest significant time and resources in training.
  • No access to ARPAST training
  • No access to ARPAST equipment
  • No access to Secure Extranet (members section of site)
  • No access to ARPAST Socius (research database)
  • Limited access to message board

Consultant

Consultants are "subject matter experts" whom we have developed a collaborative relationship with. Our consultants provide expertise in one or more subject topics.
  • Full access to all ARPAST resources
    • Full access to message board
    • Full access to Secure Extranet (members section of site)
    • Full access to Socius (research database)

Benefactor Member

Benefactor members are those individuals who wish to show their support for ARPAST research - however, they may not have the available time to dedicate to full membership.

Benefactor members will receive special invitations to attend ARPAST private investigations, as well as access to our training curriculum and research database.

One year benefactor memberships begin at $100 per calendar year.

To donate as a benefactor, please click here for our donations page.