SAMA Global Membership Requirements
(1) Abacus and mental arithmetic companies with legal business licenses.
(2)New membership applications will undergo a one-year review period as observing members in the first year. Observing members are invited to attend the annual SAMA Global Abacus and Mental Arithmetic Competition and present themselves and their company during the chairman meeting. Attendance of the competition and meeting is free, but representatives of the members need to pay for the meals, accommodation and transportation. Students of the observing members are not eligible for competition in the first year.
(3)At the end of the review period, observing members can decide whether they wish to officially join SAMA. Complete the application and submit a one-time $1,000 US of Membership Admission Fee and $1,000 US of Annual Membership Fee for the following calendar year.
(4)SAMA members are required to participate in SAMA’s Certification Exam System. Each member is required to have at least 300 exams every year. Abacus and Mental Arithmetic Exams are separate categories and both count toward the exam requirement. New members will receive 100 free exam quotas in the first year (certificate fees will be charged after the first 100). Members who do not meet the yearly requirement will be charged USD$1 for each deficit as a management fee. If a member has 500 exams in a given year, it will enjoy a 50% discount on the annual membership fee in that year. If a member has more than 1,000 exams in a given year, it will receive a 100% discount on its annual membership fee in that year.
(5)SAMA allows multiple chairmen from the same country. Each member needs to follow the same regulations and fulfil the same obligations, including participating in the certification exam, paying membership fees and attending the competitions and meetings. If a member does not fulfil its membership obligations, the Secretariat reserves the power to cancel membership eligibility.
(6)Membership Admission Fee and Annual Membership Fee are non-refundable under any circumstance.