The award is made to recognise meritorious service to the Association, particularly, though not exclusively, to the Districts, Discussion Groups and Working Groups of the Association.
The Award is an engraved tankard. All members of the Association are eligible. The number of awards for any one year should not normally exceed three.

The proposing bodies for the award are Technical Groups and Committees of the Associations. Nominations for the award should be made by the individual Proposing Bodies who may nominate only one candidate. Nominations for the award should be made by the end of the calendar year to the Awards Committee. It is not mandatory for a Nominating Body to put forward a nomination each year. A decision to make an award may be made by the Awards Committee by a simple majority vote. The award may only be received once by a member.

The PITA Board shall consider the decisions of the Awards Committee and the recommendations of that Committee will be deemed ratified by a two thirds majority vote of those present at a meeting of the Board.

The presentation of the award shall normally take place at a public event organised by the Association.

Guide Note: The number of awards for any one year should not normally exceed three.

Meritorious Service has previously been awarded to:-

1971 W. Barnett & W.J. Carter & H.G. Tyler
1973 E.J.P. Gregory
1974 C.G. Wallace
1975 W. Holden
1976 F. Craig
1977 R.E. Chittenden & J.M.I. Coutts
1978 G.F. Glover & J.W. Jardine
1979 A.J.M. Draper
1980 D. Hills
1981 N.C. Underwood & T. Small
1982 J. Buglass
1983 D.J. McConnell
1985 W.J. Vernon Anderson & J.B. Wheeldon & B.C. Williams
1986 A.P. McDonald
1987 D. Farquhar & F.J. Roberts & G.W. Tyler
1988 N.P. Brown & J.R.C. Sheldon
1989 J.C. Allan
1990 J.D. Robertson
1991 E. Roberts & T.D. Williams
1992 A. Card & F. Colling & I. Raymond & C. Tosh
1993 D. Oinn
1994 G. Downes
1995 K. Beazley & R. Bellmont
1996 T. Bolton
1997 D. Hancock
1999 R. Coates & M. Morley & Miss E.A. Plewes
2000 G. Heap & R. Morley
2001 P. Hutchinson & J. Martin & R. Wills & M. Yates
2002 M. Allsopp
2005 L. Pickup
2009 Geoff Youd