Benefits of Membership

Advocacy
The APA is the voice of the fireworks industry on Capitol Hill and within regulatory agencies such as DOT, ATF, and CPSC.  If your company has a unique situation or regulatory issue the APA, with its established relationships, can serve as your liaison with government and congressional officials to help resolve it.

Code Development
APA works with the NFPA and other code development organizations to ensure that fireworks related codes and standards are not overly burdensome or restrictive for the fireworks industry. 

Committees
Permanent APA committees and task groups provide forums for members to share their expertise and collectively work to address common industry problems and to discover potential opportunities.   

Communications
The APA keeps its members up-to-date on the very latest matters that impact their businesses through   monthly news summaries, advisories, alerts, and memos. The members’ only portion of the APA website offers a wealth of information and resources.

Compliance Assistance
No single company could match the technical expertise offered members through the APA staff, consultants, and legal counsel.  APA helps members navigate the tangled web of ever changing regulations and laws pertaining to the transportation, storage, and use of fireworks.

Future Industry Leaders
APA’s Next Generation APA (NGAP) group is one way that younger industry members can receive professional development guidance to prepare them as industry leaders for the future.

Emergency Response System (ERS)
APA’s ERS (administered by ChemTel) allows members to meet their DOT emergency response obligations at a fraction of what a stand alone policy would cost. 

Industry Facts & Information
The APA compiles industry statistics and facts, and serves as a central information source on regulatory actions and other matters pertinent to the pyrotechnics industry.  When members of the media or general public have questions about fireworks, the first call they make is to the APA.

Networking Opportunities
APA meetings and conventions provide forums for interaction with other leaders of the industry.  Attendees hear from a variety of speakers, including high level representatives from federal agencies and Congress who set the policy agenda in Washington. 

Publications/Programs
APA develops educational DVDs, publications, and training programs that explain regulations and encourage training and safety.  Members receive 40-50% discount on publications and DVDs.

Public Relations
APA serves as the public “face” of the industry, conducting hundreds of press interviews each year thereby strengthening the image of the industry and confidence in the safety of its products & services.

Technical Support
APA’s Executive Director and Safety Program Manager are on-call 24-7 to offer members technical support and expertise, particularly crisis management in the event of an incident.  If your company is facing an unexpected compliance audit, APA staff will help you prepare and avoid penalties. 

Training
As an APA member, you and your staff will be eligible to take courses including HazMat Training, OSHA Compliance, Enforcement Officials Fireworks Overview, and more.  Not only are these offered during association meetings, members are eligible to receive on-site training by our Safety Program Manager.