The purpose of the APSI is twofold:
- to provide a fast track to membership for those who warrant it
- to encourage associate membership in conjunction with appropriate instructor's courses.
Each prospective member is required to take a comprehensive safety examination, and the APSI Safety Syllabus is supplied to each prospective member and associate member once their application has been approved by the membership committee. Only when the safety examination has been passed is membership/associate membership finally conferred.