Deferring your application no longer an option
From 12th May 2016 all deferrals of distinction applications will cease. From that date, an applicant who wishes to change their date will forfeit their original application, including the fee, and must reapply via website to an available session. They will not be refunded.
The National Council has taken this decision as the level of deferrals being sought for recent sessions is causing undue difficulty for other applicants and a logistical issue which is very time consuming for those involved in managing distinctions within the IPF. In many cases it is obvious that candidates are applying for assessment sessions when they have done little or no preparation on a submission, and later have to defer. In many instances, deferrals, or outright cancellations, have come too late to allow the vacancies to be filled from the waiting lists. It is unfair to expect another candidate to suddenly complete preparation of a panel at very short notice. The result is that sessions go ahead without complete quotas. With four assessment sessions in 2016, and four in 2017 also there should be no reason to rush making an application. Quotas are in place to allow thorough assessment of the panels.
• 2016 – May: Arrangements are complete and the lists are now closed.
• 2016 – September & November: The Licentiate and Associate quotas for September and November are full, with applicants waiting on vacancies for both sessions. We are not accepting any further applications (including waiting list) for these levels at these sittings.
• 2017: There will be four sessions – March, May, September and November.
APPLICANTS FOR SEPTEMBER AND NOVEMBER 2016 PLEASE NOTE:
All Licentiate and Associate applicants for September and November, including those on waiting lists, will be allowed to defer to the March 2017 session, but must do so by 12th May 2016. After that date no deferrals will be allowed. September applicants may not defer until November as November is already fully booked with a waiting list in place.
March 2017 will open for applications for the remaining quota places later this year.
Finally, please visit our website for current availabilty for distinction sessions and please read the information provided in relation to distinctions. While we are very happy to deal with your queries, please bear in mind that we are volunteers, and ask that you respect the time we give by first checking for the information you need on our website. If the information you seek isn’t listed, please let us know and we will review!
Images of Distinction – Volume Three
We are now closed for submissions.
Volume 3 will be launched on May 14th at the Mullingar Distinctions Session and we look forward to presenting all participants in the project & paid up distinction holders with a complimentary copy of the DVD at the Launch, or shortly after.
To check latest availability, click through to this link for the distinction application form. Please do not apply unless you are ready to submit a panel for adjudication on the date you have chosen. As mentioned above, deferring an application is no longer an option for new applicants. If you cannot make the date you applied for, you forfeit your application fee and must reapply as a new applicant, subject to availability.
New Distinction Application Fee Structure
Due to a number of factors, it has become necessary (and perhaps overdue!) to re-evaluate the application fees for each level of distinction. With effect for all new applications from March 1st onwards, the following is the fee structure for IPF distinction applications.
For members of IPF affiliated clubs:
Licentiateship – €60
Associateship – €80
Fellowship – €100
For those who are not members of IPF affiliated clubs:
Licentiateship – €80
Associateship – €100
Fellowship – €120
Please note that the new fee structure applies to new applications only. Where applications are already in place and/or on a waiting list for the May, September or November sessions, the fees already paid will remain at the previous levels and no additional amounts will be payable.
Please note that annual fees for distinction holders are due from January 1st each year. These may be paid now over on our website. Lifetime distinction fee option is also available at the fantastic rate of only €400!