ARTICLE 1: NAME
The name of this organization shall be the "International Vocational Education
and Training Association" (IVETA), herein referred to as the Association.
ARTICLE 2: PURPOSES
The purposes of this Association shall be to:
2.1 promote professional linkages among international vocational educators and
2.2 serve as a forum for sharing vocational education and training problems and
2.3 promote and assist in the development of vocational education and training
as an international enterprise;
2.4 facilitate the worldwide dissemination of vocational education and training
ARTICLE 3: MEMBERSHIP
A member is defined as an individual or organization that has paid the annual
membership dues. The Association shall consist of four member groups:
3.1 members of the Association shall be persons interested and/or engaged in
activities related to international vocational education and training. Such
members shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges of the Association
3.2 student members of the Association shall be persons interested in vocational
education and training and registered as full or part-time students. Such
members shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges of the Association
3.3 institutional memberships shall be restricted to organizations engaged in
international vocational education and training pursuits. Each institutional
member shall have the right to three individual memberships.
3.4 affiliate memberships are offered to those organizations engaged in
vocational education and training who subscribe to the purposes of the
Association. Affiliate memberships are recommended by their respective regional
Vice Presidents and/or regional/national organizations and approved by the
Executive Committee on an annual basis. Affiliate members are expected to
present an annual report of activities of interest to the Association.
Reciprocal rights and privileges shall be extended between IVETA and affiliate
3.5 the annual membership period for new members shall commence on the first day of the month after payment has been received by the treasurer and last for 12 months.
ARTICLE 4: MEMBERSHIP DUES
Annual membership dues shall be set in United States currency ($US) with the
dues held in an account approved by the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE 5: ASSOCIATION OFFICERS (Thirteen Members)
The Association Officers shall consist of a President; a President Elect; a Past
President; a General Secretary; a Membership Secretary; and not more than eight
Vice Presidents (representing up to 8 distinct geographic regions generally
based on World Bank regional areas (i.e., Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia,
Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, East Asia and
the Pacific, EU/Europe, and North America. The Officers shall be elected by the members
and form an Executive Committee. A Treasurer shall be appointed by the Executive
Committee and shall become a non-voting member.
ARTICLE 6: DUTIES OF ASSOCIATION OFFICERS
6.1 The President shall preside at all meetings of the Association and of the
Executive Committee. The President shall be responsible for the functioning of
all committees. Should the President be absent or fail to perform the stated
duties, the President Elect will then assume this responsibility.
6.2 The President Elect shall serve in lieu of the President. In the event the
President Elect cannot assume the responsibilities, the Executive
Committee shall appoint a Chair Pro-tem who will act until either the President
or President Elect may again assume such responsibilities or until the next
election of officers.
6.3 Each regional Vice President shall represent the Association in their
respective geographic regions. Each shall be responsible for initiating and
maintaining professional contacts within and between regions, promoting the
purposes of the Association and reporting on significant developments within the
region. In addition, regional Vice-Presidents will communicate and coordinate
Association efforts on an intra-regional basis;
6.4 in consultation with the President, the General Secretary shall develop and
distribute meeting agendas, keep accurate records of the Executive Committee and
General meetings and deal with general communications;
6.5 the Membership Secretary shall be responsible for soliciting and processing
new memberships and renewals, keeping an up-to-date list of old members and new
members in good standing for the program year, providing members of the
Executive Committee with such a list, and transmitting dues from new or renewed
members to the Treasurer. The Membership Secretary shall perform such other
duties related to membership recruitment and maintenance as may be assigned by
6.6 The Treasurer shall be responsible for receiving and accounting for the
ARTICLE 7: TERM OF OFFICE
7.1 each elected officer shall serve for a two year term and, with the exception
of the President who serves for one two year term, may be elected to the same office
consecutively for only one additional term;
7.2 the President Elect succeeds automatically to the Office of the President two
years after he/she is elected;
7.3 all newly elected officers shall take office at the certification of the
elections during the Association's annual convention business meeting;
7.4 a vacancy created by the inability to serve in an office shall be filled
through an appointment by the Executive Committee from the Association
membership. This appointee shall serve until the next election of Officers of
the Association. The appointee shall meet the criteria specified in Article 8.
ARTICLE 8: OFFICER ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible for nomination for office, a person shall:
8.1 have been an Association member for two consecutive years prior to the
8.2 have previously held an Association office if being appointed for the Office
of President Elect;
8.3 in the case of a regional Vice President, be a resident of a country in the
designated region and an Association member for one year;
8.4 be prepared to fulfill the functions of the Office and attend Association
ARTICLE 9: MEETINGS
9.1 The Association shall hold an annual business meeting at which will be
received reports from the Association Officers and Committee Chairs. Additional
meetings of a general nature may be called at the discretion of the President
through the Executive Committee normally upon sixty days written or printed
notice to Association members.
9.2 The Association can hold regional meetings of a general nature under the
chairmanship of the President of the Association or the respective regional Vice
ARTICLE 10: PUBLICATIONS
Association publications shall be limited to those that promote the cause of
international vocational education and training. All publications shall be
approved by the President through the Executive Committee. The Newsletter Editor
and the Journal Editor are responsible to the President.
ARTICLE 11: COMMITTEES
11.1 Executive Committee
Shall consist of the President, Immediate Past President, President
Elect, regional Vice Presidents, General Secretary, Membership Secretary, and
Treasurer. The Executive Committee shall be the administrative body of the
Association and shall be empowered to transact business on behalf of the
11.2 Nominating Committee.
Upon assuming office, the President shall appoint a committee to nominate a
slate of candidates for Association officers for the subsequent term of office;
the Nominating Committee shall select candidates for each elected office and
prepare the election ballot. Association members may submit names of nominees to
the Nominating Committee.
11.3 Program Committee
upon assuming office, the President in concert with the President Elect, shall
appoint a committee which shall be responsible for organizing the international
program at the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE, formerly
AVA, the American Vocational Association) annual convention.
11.4 Audit Committee.
Upon assuming office, the President shall appoint a committee to audit the
financial records. This appointment process shall occur prior to the annual
11.5 Special Committees
The President shall appoint committees as the need arises and shall designate an
Association member to be responsible for the functioning of a special committee
ARTICLE 12: AMENDMENTS
Amendments to the Constitution may be made by a two-thirds vote of Association
members present at the Association's annual business meeting and will become
effective immediately upon a majority vote. Such amendments must be submitted to
the membership by mail at least sixty days before the Association's annual
business meeting. The Executive Committee must therefore receive amendments to
the Constitution from Association members at least ninety-five days before the
Association's annual business meeting.
ARTICLE 13: MEETING PROCEDURES
Robert's Rules of Order shall apply for all meetings. The Executive Committee
will adopt necessary regulations and procedures as needed to implement IVETA
activities, and these will be posted on the IVETA Intranet web site.
ARTICLE 14: DISSOLUTION
In the event that the Association is dissolved, all assets remaining after the
payment of outstanding debts and obligations shall be transferred to the
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE, formerly AVA, the American
Vocational Association ) Division of New and Related Services.
Adopted December 1995
Amended December 1998
Amended December 2006
Amended December 2008
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