Guidelines for the Membership Application Process

Applicant Team Responsibilities

FIRST Representative Responsibilities

Normally the FIRST representative is someone with an operational role in the team, usually the operational incident response team manager.

Application Cookbook

  1. Find 2 sponsoring full FIRST members. A good opportunity to find them is attending the annual FIRST conference.
  2. The team and sponsor(s) should announce the upcoming application to FIRST Secretariat Services (FSS). FSS will name a shepherd — a member of the FIRST membership committee, who will help the applying team and the sponsors throughout the whole process.
  3. Fill out Team Membership Application Form. The sponsors and the shepherd will help if there are any problems. You will have to name a FIRST-Representative (rep), a member of the applying team. The rep will represent the whole team, especially during the Annual Grand Meetings (AGM) of FIRST. You'll also need at least two different pgp-keys: the personal key of the rep and one for the whole team (team-key).
  4. Get your pgp-keys (rep-key and team-key) signed by the sponsors.
  5. Write an application letter stating that you want to join FIRST, and the benefits you want to bring to FIRST.
  6. One of the sponsors conducts the site visit. We highly recommend to use the site-visit document prepared by Damir Rajnovic and CERT-CC.
  7. Both sponsors write a letter introducing and recommending the applying team for a FIRST full membership. The sponsor who did the site visit should mention that in his letter, a detailed report on the site-visit would be much appreciated.
  8. One of the sponsors submits the application (whole package: Membership Application Form, the 3 letters, the pgp-keys) in signed and encrypted email to
  9. The FIRST membership committee will review the application. If the review does not identify issues the membership committee will recommend to accept the application.
  10. The whole application is sent to all FIRST-members and the FIRST Board of Directors for review together with recommendation of the membership to accept it. After at least one week the Board of Directors will vote on the application.

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Complete application packages (including application form, sponsor letter(s), site visit report and signed PGP keys) received by the 5th of each month will be added for review/approval to the Board’s agenda for that month. Completed submissions after the 5th will be added to the following month’s agenda.