Application process to join the PKI Consortium

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Process for Admitting New Members

In order to admit new Members, all membership applications must agree to follow these Bylaws (including the Antitrust Policy), the PKI Consortium Code of Conduct located at and the PKI Consortium Intellectual Property Rights Agreement located at

Applications must be approved by the Executive Council after feedback from the Members. Feedback and approval on a membership application by each Member and the Executive Council shall be based solely on a determination of whether or not the applicant meets the stated membership criteria, and not on any other basis including competitive considerations.

Individual applications are rarely accepted and exclusively under category H (interested parties). To qualify, the individual must not be affiliated with any organization and must substantiate their PKI expertise.

flowchart TD 
    IsOrganization[Do you represent or are you employed by an organization?]
    IsOrganization --> |No| Individual["You might qualify as an individual PKI expert\n(category H, interested parties), however,\nindividual applications are rarely accepted"] -->  ApplicationForm
    IsOrganization --> |Yes| IsMember[Check if the organization is an existing member]

    IsMember --> |Not listed as a member| Category
    IsMember --> |Listed as a member| Member["Ask the representative\nof the organization to be added"] --> END
    Category[Determine Eligibility Category] --> ApplicationForm

    ApplicationForm[Complete application form]
    ApplicationForm --> Application[Application review]
    Application --> |Questions| Questions[Application on hold until answered] --> Application
    Application --> |Everything looks good| Consultation[Members are asked for any objections]
    Consultation --> EC{Executive Council\nVote}
    EC --> |Not approved| END
    EC --> |Approved| Approved[Membership approved]

    Approved --> Website[Added to website] --> Profile[Create member profile]
    Approved --> MailingList["Added to mailing list(s)"] --> Participate
    Approved --> MeetingInvite["Invited to meetings"] --> Participate
    Approved --> WorkingGroups["Join working groups"] --> Participate
    Participate["Participate in the PKI Consortium"]

    Approved --> Sponsor[Consider to become a sponsor]  
    Sponsor --> SponsorApplicationForm[Complete sponsor application form]

    Questions --> |No answer| END
    END[Application declined]

    click Category "/bylaws/#eligibility"
    click ApplicationForm "/join/"
    click Sponsor "/sponsors/"
    click SponsorApplicationForm "/sponsors/sponsor/"
    click WorkingGroups "/wg/"
    click Profile ""

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    class END red;
    class ApplicationForm blue;
    class Approved green;

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    classDef blue color: #fff, fill:#87CEFA, stroke:#6495ED;
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