The key values of STC membership are: access to best-in-class technical communication education, publications, CPTC Certification, career development, professional networking opportunities, and other exclusive member benefits. STC membership helps support the mission of STC to advance the theory and practice of technical communication, a mission that benefits consumers worldwide.

Learn more about what STC membership can do for students, professionals, and corporate teams who want to take their technical communication skills to the next level.

All memberships expire on 31 December. The membership dues listed below are good from 1 July-14 September and reflect a 30% discount off the normal price.

Click here to join STC today.  Click here to renew your STC membership today.

Membership Levels and Benefits
Network with 6,000 TC professionals
Access to STC Career Center
Discounted STC Career Center posting rates
Discounted CPTC Certification exam
Discount on all webinars
Discount on all online courses
Personalized Education Report Card
eSubscription to Intercom magazine
eSubscription to TechComm journal
Free Annual Salary Database
Discounted Summit registration
Body of Knowledge (BOK) access
Mentor Board access
Corporate Partner Discount Program (Affinity Program)
Free chapter membership(s)
Free Special Interest Group (SIG) membership(s)
Free live webinars (5)
Free membership in all Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
Additional 20% off online courses
Printed issues of Intercom magazine (10 per annum)
Summit Early Bird pricing anytime








Additional Membership Levels and Information

Retired membership

Retired memberships include all Classic member benefits, one free Chapter membership, and one free Special Interest Group (SIG) membership. All STC memberships expire on 31 December.

To qualify as a retired member, you must be a member with STC for 10 consecutive years, be 65 years of age or older, and work, on average, 20 hours per week or less. Classic members cannot change to Retired memberships online and must submit a membership application. For more information about our retiree membership, contact us at

Download a PDF application here.

Adjusted Membership Dues Schedule

  1 Jan   1 Mar  1 May 1 Jul – 14 Sept
Retired $145.00  $130.50 $123.00   $115.50

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Adjust Membership Dues Schedule

Category 1 Jan 1 Mar 1 May 1 Jul – 14 Sept
Classic $50.00 $45.00 $40.00 $35.00
Student $25.00 $22.50 $22.00 $17.50

Membership FAQs

There is a $10 enrollment fee for new memberships.

All memberships follow the calendar year and expire 31 December.

STC dues nonrefundable at any time.

Members may add the following a la carte menu items:

  • $25 per chapter (emerging nations: $10)
  • $10 per SIG (emerging nations: $5)
  • $60 for printed copies of Intercom*
  • $75 for printed copies of Technical Communication*

* Includes U.S. postage. International postage rate for Intercom is $25 for Canada and $45 for other countries. For Technical Communication, international postage rate is $20 for Canada and $40 for other countries.


Individuals may join online at

Individuals may also complete and submit a PDF application to

For additional information, please call the STC membership department at+1 (703) 522-4114.

Yes. Dues are adjusted after 1 March. See adjusted dues schedule. The deadline for joining or renewing membership for the current year is 14 September.


Member information may be updated by logging into and selecting “Edit” to the right of your name.

STC offers several membership levels for tech comm students, recent graduates, retired, and corporate employer members. See eligibility requirements below.

Memberships with eligibility requirements:

  • Retired membership. You must be a member with STC for 10 consecutive years, be 65 years of age or older, and work, on average, 20 hours per week or less. Classic members cannot change to Retired memberships online and must submit a PDF application.
  • Student membership. To be eligible for student membership, an applicant must be enrolled in an accredited university, college, community college, or technical school; taking at least two courses or their equivalent each term; and preparing for a career in technical communication. Download our brochure and application (PDF).
  • New TC Professional membership. It’s a step between Student Membership and Classic Membership to help recent graduates continue their STC membership at an important time in their careers. You must have graduated from a technical communication program with in the last three years. Click here for more details.

A senior member is any individual who has been a member of the Society for five consecutive years.

Members may pay online when joining or renewing.

Payments may also be mailed to:
Society for Technical Communication
9401 Lee Highway, Suite 300
Fairfax, VA 22031


Because the full range of STC products and services are available to members immediately upon joining or renewing, STC dues are nonrefundable.

You may cancel your membership at any time by contacting STC’s membership department at +1 (703) 522-4114 or

Memberships run on a calendar year basis and expire 31 December. Access to membership benefits will be extended until 15 January of each year. Members who fail to renew on or before 31 January will have a membership status of “Inactive” and will be ineligible to vote in the STC elections.


Current members who wish to join a community can do so by logging in to, selecting “My Communities,” then “Add Communities.” Alternatively, download a PDF membership application and submit to for processing, or call our membership department at +1 (703) 522-4114 with payment information and your community selection. Unless included in your membership level, chapters are $25 each and SIGs are $10 each. Here is a complete list of professional chapters, student chapters, and SIGs. Membership in STC is a requirement for adding a secondary membership in a chapter or SIG.

No, membership in STC is a requirement for adding a secondary membership in a Chapter or SIG.


Member information may be updated by logging into and selecting “Edit” to the right of your name.

Please do not create a new account . This results in the creation of a duplicate record. Please use the “forgot password” links provided or contact

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