Step 1: Determine Feasibility
It is important to determine the need for a local chapter in your area. Chapters provide the opportunity for additional education and networking among colleagues. Additionally, be sure to determine that there are a sufficient number of members and potential members in the geographical area to support the formal structure of a chapter (at least 25). Current PCNA Chapters
Step 2: Identify Leadership
It is important to have support from colleagues in chapter start-up. Identify 1-3 individuals who would commit to spend time planning chapter events.
Step 3: Time Requirements
As a chapter leader, you must be willing to manage all aspects of your chapter including starting the petition, recruiting members, planning meetings, and reporting back to the PCNA National Office on the success of your chapter each year. Make sure you can make the commitment before you start a chapter.
Step 4: Contact the National Office
Step 5: Organize an Informational Meeting
You'll invite colleagues and PCNA members in your area to an informal gathering to determine interest and possible leadership in the proposed chapter. This is a great time to ask individuals to sign the Petition.
Step 6: Wrapping up the Process
Complete the Chapter Application form and submit it to the National Office. When your application is approved, you will receive a Chapter Charter. You can then begin the process of conducting your first chapter meeting.