SAPA members are referred to as Fellows. SAPA Fellows demonstrate:
- Skills in public administration acquired through studies or employment in a related field, whether academic, government or nonprofit;
- A record of ethical and responsible behavior in the performance of their duties;
- Interest in the continuous improvement of the public service in New York; and
- Willingness to participate in and support the programs and activities of the State Academy.
The State Academy has three (3) levels of membership; Fellow, Associate Fellow, and New Professional. The definitions of and requirements for each membership level is included on the Membership Application (MS Word).
Annual dues vary according to membership category. Fellow ($30), Associate ($20), New Professional ($10). The first year of membership is dues free for the balance of the calendar year.
Leaders of the SAPA Candid Conversation series and individual recipients of SAPA awards automatically become Fellows for one year after which they are required to file a membership application. Members of the Academy are provided access to and serve as subject matter experts for State Academy programs.