ASCA's members are the lifeblood of the association. ASCA was created by stage combatants for the betterment of the art form in Australia.
By becoming a member of ASCA you are helping to keep combatants nationwide safe. You help keep ASCA at the cutting edge of stage combat and teaching techniques. Your membership assures that stage combat continues to evolve to suit the needs of the Australian entertainment industry.
But it's not all what you do for ASCA. Being a member gets you:
Access to various closed ASCA documents of research and information regarding Stage Combat history and development.
Access to specialised support and training.
Grants you constant direct contact, communication and support of any ASCA Management Committee staff.
Entitles you to a vote on any and all topics and referendums pertaining to the ASCA Policies and Procedures Framework, including documents such as the association’s: Rules & Regulations, Code of Conduct, Business Procedures and Management Committee personnel changes throughout the year.
ASCA has several levels of membership, from those who've never picked up a sword, to those who wish to devote their life to the study of the art form. Below is a full description of all membership levels. For more information see the ASCA Rules and Regulations, and Code of Conduct, or contact ASCA directly, by clicking here.
ASCA is your voice.
Certified Stage Combat Instructor
A dues paying member of ASCA who does not hold Combatant certification or any other
rank within the association, and may reside anywhere in the world. Associate Level Membership must be renewed each year and does not allow the individual the right to vote on association matters
1 Year - $15
3 Years - $40
Membership at this level is open to any individual, this includes non-certified individuals as well as anyone who has completed and passed all current requirements under the ASCA system at either the Basic, Intermediate or Advanced Level.
Combatant Level Membership needs to be renewed each year and allows the individual one vote on association matters. It is not compulsory for individuals to be members of ASCA to hold Basic Certification, however it is compulsory to hold certification at all other levels.
1 Year - $25
3 Years - $65
A member of ASCA who has completed the Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Levels of certification and has completed and passed all current requirements under the ASCA system at either the Level 1, Level 2 or Full Instructor level. Instructor Level Membership needs to be renewed each year and allows the individual one vote on association matters.
An ASCA Instructor is required to continue to expand the breadth of their skills and knowledge through additional research and training and may be restricted in duties if they do not meet these requirements.
Stage Combat Instructor Membership
1 Year - $35
3 Years - $95
A member of ASCA who has completed the Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Levels of certification, has fulfilled and passed all the requirements of the ‘Certified Stage Combat Instructor’ Certification Level and fulfilled and passed all the requirements of the ‘Fight Director’ Certification Level. Certification at this level allows the holder to teach the ASCA Basic, Intermediate Advanced, Instructor and Fight Director curriculums, and is valid for as long as the individual remains a Member of ASCA. As per the ASCA ‘Code of Conduct’ and ‘Strategic Business Plan’, each ASCA Instructor and Fight Director is required to continue to expand the breadth of their skills and knowledge through additional research and training and may be restricted in duties if they do not meet these requirements.
Fight Director Membership
1 Year - $45
3 Years - $125
An individual whose external qualifications are recognised by ASCA without formal examination. Honorary Membership to ASCA is granted to an individual in recognition of their services to, and outstanding contribution to, the art form of Stage Combat. Honorary Membership is conferred by a majority vote of the Management Committee and is issued for life. Honorary Members do not carry voting privileges but are to be held to all of the association’s Rules & Regulations and may be disciplined in the same manner as any other member. Honorary Membership can be bestowed at any of the above rankings in recognition of an individual’s prior achievements with another organisation.
Anyone may become a Life Member of ASCA, regardless of Certification Ranking, and will pay a once only Life Membership fee. Life Members may continue training and progressing through ASCA Actor Combatant, Instructor and Fight Director Rankings without incurring any further Membership Fees. Life Members are to be held to the Rules & Regulations of the association and may be disciplined, and/or expelled without re-numeration of fees, for breaches.