An effective pledge program includes a plan to educate pledges about Alpha Phi Omega and develop them as future brothers. Such a program should be part of a chapter’s comprehensive membership program of recruitment, training and retention of members. While a chapter may conduct their pledge program separately from these areas, they should be closely coordinated.

The responsibility of this program is usually handled by establishing a pledge master, pledge trainer, or pledge educator office and assigning the pledge training program to this office. By working with the vice president of membership, an aggressive and effective program may be developed, which will result in the chapter’s growth. In smaller chapters, the duties of pledge trainer may fall to the vice president of membership. Some chapters may use different terms for the pledge trainer, such as membership educator, vice president of education, new member educator, or membership trainer. Some chapters may even have more then one pledge trainer, such as one male and one female, or a different pledge trainer for different groups of pledge classes, which may have different names. For consistency, we will use the term “pledge trainer” in this work.

No manual can provide a complete recipe for your pledge program. You must carefully analyze your chapter, its programs and your campus before deciding on the best plan. However, we have tried here to provide some basic guidelines. This guide is intended as a starting point, from which you will be able to build or improve your program. You will also need to be mindful of your school’s policies regarding pledge programs as well as the Alpha Phi Omega National Bylaws in this area.

It is recommended that during the term of your office you work on creating a supplement to this handbook to assist the future pledge trainer of your chapter. This supplement may include:
  • Chapter Bylaws
  • Contact information for the current sectional chair, regional director and advisory chair
  • Sample quizzes from the past year
  • Pledge requirements as approved by the chapter
  • Sample calendar for the pledge period
  • Schedule of general events throughout the school year.

Throughout your service as pledge trainer remember that you have chapter advisors and a sectional chair (and staff) who are willing and able to assist you. Use their talents and experience.


Other Elements of the Pledge Program



  • Pledge Requirements
  • Training Syllabi
  • Pledge Rights and Responsibilities
  • Big Brother Requirements
  • Brotherhood Rights and Responsibilities
  • Pledge Worksheets & Quizzes


  • National Bylaws Spring 2011- Under Chapter Improvement- must be logged into Website
  • Membership Policy- Under Officers
  • Chapter Assessment and Planning Session- Under CAPS Resources
  • National Pledging Standards- Under Officers
  • Pledge Manual March 2011- Under Chapter Improvement
  • Risk Management Policy- Under Managing Risk
  • APO Style Guide- Under Communications

A successful pledge program will result in new brothers who are involved in chapter and Fraternity activities and committed to a lifetime of Leadership, Friendship and Service. But one should always be mindful of how to improve the program. After the pledge period ends, the pledge trainer and the Pledge Committee should meet for a final time to evaluate the overall program. Hopefully out of this will come areas of improvement for your program. This will help prepare for the next semester and lead to continual improvements. Always be on the lookout for new and innovate ideas from other chapters. We hope that this book will be of assistance is this area as well.

You will find that we have not attempted to provide you with an answer to every question, problem, or crisis that may arise during you tenure. Instead, we hope the guidance provided will enable you to make proactive decisions that will provide positive experiences and support for your chapter's alumni program. Remember, one of the best support systems any officer can have is interaction with the previous officer and transference of information. If you feel that you have learned something in your position that could help other officers in the Fraternity, please send your suggestions to so this manual can remain fresh and relevant


APO IMPACT Chapter Training Program was developed under the 2006-2008 National Leadership Development Committee, Ed Richter; Program Director. Many thanks to all who helped in writing, reviewing and developing this dynamic tool.