The APFTQ is an open, democratic and independent association. Each year, the general assembly elects a board of directors from among the Regular members. Ongoing membership consultation is conducted through the sections and committees, including a regional committee.
The APFTQ admits about a dozen new members each year. Regular membership requires minimum production experience. Companies that do not meet the requirements may join as Trainee members. This membership category is designed to encourage mentoring by seasoned producers. Trainee companies establish ties with a Regular member firm and are exempted from the fixed annual membership fee. It is also possible to become a Permittee member on a per-project basis.
Each Regular member company – small operations and major employers alike – is entitled to one vote. A board of directors elected from among the Regular members representing the different sections determines the APFTQ’s annual priorities and an action plan. The full membership is convened from time to time to ratify labour agreements in principle or major decisions concerning industrial matters.
The APFTQ’s regular operations are financed solely by membership fees. In this way, the association remains at arm’s length from government organizations and can effectively defend the interests of its members and independent production.