Applicants who apply by April 30 will have their applications reviewed and acted upon by the Membership Committee at its summer meeting. Applicants are notified whether the application is complete and whether, if necessary, any deficient items must be submitted. ACOS will make inquiries to state licensing boards and federal data banks. Applicants also are notified at which meeting the Membership Committee will consider the application and when they will receive notification of the committee’s decision.
One of the following actions will be taken by the Membership Committee:
1) The application is approved, and the award is bestowed.
2) The application is not approved. The applicant did not fulfill all requirements. Applicants who are not approved may submit a new application one year following the membership committee action to not approve the previous application. Reapplication requires the submission of the $100 processing fee and compliance with all other application requirements. Applicants who are not approved are notified of the requirements that they have not fulfilled.
The DFACOS designation is an honor. Completion of the DFACOS application does not establish a contract between the applicant and the ACOS. Fulfillment of the requirements for the DFACOS designation is determined by use of a rating system, inquiries to state licensing boards and federal data banks, a personal statement from the applicant and three letters of recommendation. The Membership Committee, at its discretion, may consider other criteria in addition to the stated requirements.