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. For organizations interested in the Corporate Value Program (CVP), click here for more information. For information about Retired or Emerging Countries memberships, please visit the tabs beneath the benefits grid.
All memberships expire on 31 December. STC membership is based on a calendar year. Individuals joining STC for the first time (or former members whose membership has lapsed more than one year) pay Society dues, a $15.00 enrollment fee, and chapter and SIG fees (if applicable). Because the full range of STC products and services is available to members immediately upon joining or renewing, STC dues are nonrefundable.
New for 2019! Sustaining Membership! Sustaining Membership is a long-term membership choice for those who wish to pledge their support to the Society for Technical Communication by making a 15-year membership commitment.
The STC is a U.S. based company and all rates and fees listed are in U.S. dollars (USD).
Additional Membership Levels, Eligibility, and Information
Retired memberships include all Professional & Academic (formally known as 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. Members cannot change to Retired memberships online and must submit a membership application. For more information about our retiree membership, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download a PDF membership application here.
Adjusted Membership Dues Schedule
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All memberships follow the calendar year and expire 31 December.
STC dues are nonrefundable at any time.
There is a $15 enrollment fee for new memberships or memberships that have lapsed more than one year.
Memberships with eligibility requirements:
- 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.
- 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 within the last three years.
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.
Sustaining membership is a long-term membership choice for those who wish to pledge their support to the technical communication profession by making a 15-year membership commitment. When you join as an STC Sustaining Member, you align yourself with the largest association created for technical communication professionals like you. Supporting STC and your professional development in this way means that you have a clear career path, you understand the professional support you will need to be successful, and you are eager to be involved with the ongoing development of your Society and its programs. Whether you are a tech comm student, new to the profession, or well established in your career path, everyone qualifies to be a Sustaining Member!
As a Sustaining Member, you will pay a one-time fee which will activate your STC membership for 15 years, saving you time, money, and resources! Each year, your membership will automatically renew. STC offers two levels of Sustaining membership, so you can find the benefits and price that work best for you. Click here for more information.
“STC membership has been a very important part of my professional development and directly influenced my career advancement. It’s an automatic and easy investment for me. I encourage folks to take advantage of the many STC resources, educational offerings, and opportunities to meet and know other professionals out there…Why not join today?”
Todd DelucaSTC member since 1999
I have been an STC member for the last 9 years and it has been a fruitful professional association. It offers you the opportunity to learn and grow as researchers and presenters and to gain visibility in their discipline. STC helps in my profession to a great extent, and I made some great friends along the way. 🙂
Rajdeep GuptaSTC Member
“Becoming a member of STC is great way to stay connected in the technical communication field! I have been a member since 2006 and during that time I have met many wonderful people who have become a great support network for me. I have also attended several webinars and courses to improve my technical communication skills. As a bonus, all members receive a monthly publication with articles that keep you informed about the current trends.”
Barbara DeStefanoSTC Member since 2006
“STC has been my professional partner throughout my technical communication career, helping me stay current in our field as well as providing skill-building volunteer opportunities and a network of colleagues who have become treasured friends and mentors.”
Lori MeyerSTC member since 2000
For 10+ years Publishing Smarter has helped businesses generate revenue through better communications. Businesses in aerospace, banking, and construction (literally the ABCs), as well as government, hardware, insurance, medical, software, and many others. Our business growth and success is because of STC.
Bernard A.STC Member since 2006
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
REFUNDS AND CANCELLATIONS
Because the full range of STC products and services are available to members immediately upon joining or renewing, STC dues are nonrefundable.
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 https://access.stc.org, selecting “My Communities,” then “Add Communities.” Alternatively, download a PDF membership application and submit to email@example.com 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.
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