Affiliate Membership

Morning everyone have a q re: membership.

I passed L3 this past yr and wanted to apply for membership. Unfortunately I do not have all of the required work experience to apply for a regular membership - that will happen at the end of this year. I was considering applying for affiliate membership. My q is - will I have to apply again for regular membership?

I am trying to figure out a way to allow myself to attend the 2015 charter ceremony this coming January. I would think that if I wait until January to apply for regular membership that I wouldn`t be approved in time for the ceremony. Any advice on how I can accomplish my goal? Thanks for all the help. Take care