The ZIM Act in Part IV, Section 23, Subsections (1) and (2) states as follow:
- Practice or offer services in marketing;
- Practice or offer services as a consultant or adviser in marketing;
- Adopt, or use or exhibit any title designated under this Act; or
- Do anything likely to lead persons to infer that the person is registered as a Member under this Act.
Liable, upon conviction, to a fine not exceeding twenty thousand penalty units or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years, or to both
As a result there are a number of membership categories to cater for every practitioner in various sectors of the marketing disciplines. The membership classes are shown below:
- Distinguished work in marketing practice or education or in a related discipline;
- Exceptional and exemplary services relating to marketing or a related discipline;
- Exceptional services rendered to the Institute; or
- Association to the Institute which is beneficial to 1.
The Council of the Institute shall give notification of the intention to propose a person as an Honorary Member at a meeting of the Council. The election of an Honorary Member shall be by unanimous vote of the members of the Council present at the subsequent meeting.
- A person shall apply for membership to the Registrar of the Institute in the prescribed form upon payment of the prescribed fee.
- The Registrar shall, as soon as possible after receipt of an application, forward it to the Registration Committee.
- Where the Registration Committee is satisfied that the applicant holds the relevant qualifications the Registration Committee shall issue a practicing certificate.
A person shall not be registered as a member of the Institute unless the person
- Has attained the age of 21;
- Holds qualifications recognised by the Council;
- Has passed the professional competence examinations conducted by the Council; and
- Has paid the registration and membership fees prescribed by the Council.
A person shall not qualify to be registered as a member if the person:
- Has been convicted of an offence involving dishonesty;
- Has been adjudged or declared to be of unsound mind or insane; and
- Is an undischarged bankrupt.