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How to join WorldSkills International

1. What is WorldSkills International?

WorldSkills is the global hub for skills excellence and development. Through international cooperation and development between industry, government, organizations, and institutions, we promote the benefits of and need for skilled professionals through grass-roots community projects, skill competitions, and knowledge exchange. We show how important skills education and training is for youth, industries and society by challenging young professionals around the world to become the best in the skill of their choice.

WorldSkills is the collective voice for skills excellence and development in vocational, technological and service oriented careers around the globe. Since 1950 we have raised the awareness among youth, as well as their parents, teachers and employers, that our future depends on an effective skills training system. Today WorldSkills represents more than 45 skills in over 75 Member countries and regions, all working together with youth, educators and industries to help prepare the workforce and talent of today for the jobs of the future.

WorldSkills is not just a Competition though, it is a movement. By working within the six key areas of Research, Promoting Skills, Career Building, Education and Training, International Cooperation and Development, and Skills Competitions, WorldSkills will be the global hub for skills excellence and development with ongoing activities nationally, regionally and globally. The WorldSkills Foundation contributes with projects and initiatives that demonstrate the capacity for innovation and collaboration with partners, in order to leverage and build self-sustaining activities.

2. Who are the Members of WorldSkills?

Members of WorldSkills are agencies or bodies that have responsibility for promoting vocational education and training in their respective country/region. An "agency representing a training system" can be an NGO that is established with the purpose of being the Member organization of WorldSkills International. In such an instance, evidence that the NGO has the support of the key stakeholders of that country/region’s training system (e.g. government and industry) must accompany the application. This includes an official letter from the relevant ministry, on official letterhead in English signed by the Minister, confirming their support for the agency or body as the official Member of WorldSkills International.

Only one representative body per country/region will be recognized as a Member or Associate Member.

A Member is represented by an Official and a Technical Delegate. These Delegates are appointed at the Member’s discretion but must be selected to actively contribute in their respective roles and responsibilities for WorldSkills International.

3. What is the difference between a Member and an Associate Member?

Associate Members shall have all the privileges of full membership except for the right to vote or stand for election and they cannot enter an official team in the biennial Competition. However, Associate Members may be invited to enter up to three “guest” Competitors in the Competition for the purposes of learning about the Competition. The results of the guest Competitors will not be officially recognised nor will medals (Gold, Silver, Bronze, Medallions for Excellence) be awarded. However, a Best of Nation medal will be awarded if there are at least two Competitors.

4. Grades of Membership

There are two grades of membership: Members and Associate Members.

Associate Members shall have all the privileges of full membership except for the right to vote or stand for election and they cannot enter an official team in the biennial Competition. However, Associate Members may be invited to enter up to three “guest” Competitors in the Competition for the purposes of learning about the Competition. The results of the guest Competitors will not be officially recognized nor will medals (Gold, Silver, Bronze, or Medallions for Excellence) be awarded. However, a Best of Nation medal will be awarded if there are at least two Competitors.

5. What are the membership fees? 

Full Member:

For Members there is an Admission Fee (once only payment) and an Annual Fee which is paid every year.

The Admission Fee is EUR 31,000 and must be transferred to the Secretariat four weeks after admission by the Board of Directors.  The Annual Fee varies depending on the application of the fee formula (the minimum Annual Fee is EUR 6,400). There is no Annual Fee for the first year as it is included in the Admission Fee.

Associate Member:

For Associate Members there is no Admission Fee.

The Annual Fee, which is paid every year, is EUR 3,300. This amount must be transferred to the Secretariat four weeks after admission by the Board of Directors. When an Associate Member becomes a Member, any previously paid Annual Fees (up to a maximum of EUR 9,900) will be deducted from the Admission Fee.

6. How does an agency or body apply for membership?

Applications for membership and associate membership must be made in writing, on the applicant body's official letterhead, and addressed to the Secretariat and be signed by the applying body's official representatives.

The application must include:

  • a detailed description of the country/region's vocational education and training system and the applicant body's position within this system ,
  • an official letter from the relevant ministry, on official letterhead in English signed by the Minister, confirming their support for the agency or body as the official Member of WorldSkills International, and
  • the names, positions, and full contact details of the proposed Official and Technical Delegates.

Please contact Member Services Liaison (ellen.coppens@worldskills.org) for a full description and samples of the required documentation and the required contents of a letter of agreement between the Member and WorldSkills International

6. Who decides on the membership application?

The WorldSkills CEO reviews and confirms that all membership criteria have been met and submits the application to the WorldSkills Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will consider the application and if approved, the applicant body will be granted membership subject to the completion of the required Official and Technical Delegates’ training programme and ratification by the next General Assembly. At the General Assembly meeting the new Member or Associate Member will have the opportunity to briefly introduce themselves and the vocational education and training system it represents.

If you are interested in becoming a Member, or need additional information, please contact Member Services Liaison (ellen.coppens@worldskills.org)