To achieve the overall aim of the Institute and have a clear –cut practice area, the Institute benchmark five mandatory administrative competences for her members. These are:
· Organization System Development.
· Office Space and Facilities Management.
· Job Analysis to support Human Resource Management Functions.
· Meetings Management.
· Office Information and Records Management.
These competences form the framework of our professional membership qualifying examination and members’ capacity development programmes


In line with the Institute’s mandate to promote the practice of Administrative Management, it registers eligible persons who meet requirements for registration. The register of members as at year 2018 stands five thousand professional members and two thousand student members.
The Institute maintains a register for five (5) categories of membership. These are – Fellows (f.inst.AM, Full Members (F.inst.AM), Associates(A.inst.AM), Graduate Members (G.inst.AM)and Student Members.


A person may be register either through the Institute Professional membership examination or by direct election. The direct membership criteria are as follows:
GENERAL:- Except by special award by the Governing Board, admission to Membership is by passing a prescribe professional examination of the Institute.
Acronym for each of the Membership levels (Fellow, Full-Member and Associate) are: f.inst.AM, M.inst.AM and A.inst.AM respectively.


FELLOW (F.inst.AM)
This is the highest grade of membership, it requires that an applicant to this category should have passed through the two preceding membership levels. A prospect of the Institute membership at this level must be at least fourty-five years of age and must have had not less than twenty-five (25) years relevant professional working experience of which ten (10) years must be in a Senior administrative position in a reputable private or public establishment.

Election as an Associate Member of the Institute, requires that an applicant must have passed the Institute’s professional membership qualifying examination and be at least twenty-five (25) years of age and must not have had less than Ten (10) years post graduate professional working experience.

To be considered as a full-member of the Institute, an applicant must have had not less than fifteen (15) years relevant working experience, six of which must be in a Senior Administrative position. Furthermore, a worthy member in a lower membership level of the Institute may be upgrade to the full membership grade

Candidates who have successfully completed the Institute professional membership examination but do not satisfy work experience requirements are registered as graduate members pending when they fulfill the required work experience.
NOTE: Regular attendance of the Institute’s professional capacity development training and other obligations may fast track elevation of a member to a higher grade.