There are three different ways to join ALTE:

1. ALTE Individual Affiliates 

Join ALTE as an Individual Affiliate and receive regular information about our courses and events. Becoming an ALTE Individual Affiliate is free of charge, and anyone with an interest in language testing can apply.

You will receive news from ALTE about its events and activities, as well as news from carefully selected other relevant activities from third parties. By completing this information and registering you agree that the information you provide will be stored by ALTE in its internal systems based in the United Kingdom as well as the WildApricot Membership software based in Canada that we use. All data will be kept secure and only used to process your application and to send you emails from ALTE. ALTE will never pass your details on to any third party without your additional consent.

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Apply to become an ALTE Individual Affiliate

Applications are reviewed every few weeks. You will be notified once your application has been accepted. 

2. ALTE Institutional Affiliates

ALTE Institutional Affiliates are organisations with an interest and active involvement in language testing. They are required to pay a yearly fee (currently €500), and have the chance to attend ALTE meetings and conferences, including any free workshops organised in the context of these events. 

If you would like to become an ALTE Institutional Affiliate, please return this application form to the ALTE Secretariat. The application form also lists the benefits of institutional affiliation. Before applying, please read this page to familiarize yourself with the procedure, requirements and obligations of ALTE Institutional Affiliates. 

Being an ALTE Institutional Affiliate is one of the pre-requisites to apply for ALTE Full/Associate Member status. 

3. ALTE Full Members

In order to become an ALTE Full Member, institutions must produce language tests in an official language of the country where the institution is established. This includes both spoken and sign languages. 

Before becoming an ALTE Full Member, organisations need to first become ALTE Institutional Affiliates and pass an ALTE audit of at least one of their examinations. ALTE Full Members are also expected to attend meetings and conferences regularly, and to contribute actively to the life of the association (delivering presentations, hosting events, etc.).

Benefits of becoming a full member include:

  • Use of the ALTE logo
  • Physical and digital membership certificate
  • Listing on the ALTE website
  • Taking part in the ALTE Quality Management and auditing system (at additional cost)
  • Following a successful audit, use of the Q-Mark which indicates a recognition of quality of language testing
  • Opportunity to host a conference, thus enabling the showcasing of your institution and language tests
  • Opportunity to access ALTE Validation Unit’s services (at additional cost)
  • Opportunity to collaborate on projects
  • Access to sections of the ALTE website such as the electronic discussion forum
  • Invitation to attend ALTE biannual conferences and other events organised for Members
  • Reduced delegate rates at specified ALTE events and training seminars (courses)
  • The opportunity to receive, via email and post, ALTE communications
  • The opportunity to exhibit at appropriate ALTE events
  • The opportunity to work in ALTE Special Interest Groups
  • Opportunities to build international links through the ALTE network, including those of European institutions
  • Opportunities to stand and serve in the Executive and Standing Committees, pending election
  • Invitation to attend the ALTE AGM
  • Voting rights, e.g. in elections to committees or votes at the AGM
Please visit this page for more detailed information about the overall procedure to become an ALTE Full Member. 
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