Applying for Membership

Membership Secretary contact details.

Applying for Membership of the BAF

To obtain an application form to join the BAF, please contact the membership secretary above. The completed form should be sent back to the Membership Secretary, along with copies of relevant qualifications as well as the relevant fees.

    Expression of Interest for Membership

    Title
    First Name
    Middle Name
    Surname
    Email Address
    Phone Number

    Cost

    The membership fee is £60/year plus a one off admin fee of £8.

    Who may apply for Membership of the BAF?

    • All qualified coaches may apply for membership of the BAF.
    • For holders of qualifications NOT issued by the BAF, it shall be at the discretion of the Committee to decide on both acceptance and at what level of membership should be offered to the applicant.
    • ​Coaches who are actively coaching in the UK should be on the British Fencing Coach Register.  This is to help ensure that all fencing coaches in the UK meet minimum safeguarding standards.

    Please note: The final decision on every application to join the BAF shall remain with the Committee. For further information on how to apply for membership please contact the Membership Secretary.

    Categories of Membership

    Membership of the BAF is highly prized by those accepted into membership. As well as denoting professionalism, potential employers recognise and value the status of fencing coaches holding BAF qualifications ‘Associate’, ‘Member’, ‘Provost’, ‘Maître d’Escrime’ and ‘Master’ (Maître d’Armes). There are several categories of membership:

    Master (Maître d’Armes)

    Fencing Coaches who have passed The Academy’s Diploma Examination, Written Papers and Practical Examinations in all three weapons, or those who hold equivalent qualifications accepted by the Committee.

    Maître d’Escrime

    Fencing Coaches who have passed the Diploma Examination of The Academy at one or two weapons, or those who hold equivalent qualifications accepted by the Committee.

    Provost

    Fencing Coaches holding the Provost Certificate of the British Academy of Fencing or who have passed The Academy’s Advanced Examination Written Papers and Practical Examinations in all three weapons or those who hold equivalent qualifications accepted by the Committee.

    Member

    Fencing Coaches who have passed a British Academy of Fencing Level 2 or 3 Examination or those who hold equivalent qualifications accepted by the Committee.

    Associate

    Fencing Coaches who have passed the British Academy of Fencing Level 1 Examination or those who hold equivalent qualifications accepted by the Committee.

    Retired

    Members who are no longer active in coaching.

    Overseas

    Members who have had a close relationship with The Academy and who reside abroad.

    In addition to the above are the following special categories:

    President of Honour
    President Emeritus
    Vice-Presidents of Honour
    Life Members
    Honorary Members