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).

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Membership Level & Benefits
  • Network with 5,000 professionals
  • Access to STC's Job Bank
  • Discounted STC Job Bank posting rates
  • Discounted CPTC Certification Exam
  • Discount on all webinars
  • Discount on all online courses
  • Personalized Education Report Card
  • Discounts on Corporate products and services
  • Access to STC Salary Database publication
  • Access to STC Mentor Board
  • Access to STC Online Publications
  • Discounted annual conference registration (available for all categories)
  • Free chapter membership
  • Free Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
  • 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)
  • Annual Conference Early Bird pricing extended through 3/1
 
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Gold
$197.50Best Value39
  • Network with 5,000 professionals

  • Access to STC's Job Bank

  • Discounted STC Job Bank posting rates

  • Discounted CPTC Certification Exam

  • Discount on all webinars

  • Discount on all online courses

  • Personalized Education Report Card

  • Discounts on Corporate products and services

  • Access to STC Salary Database publication

  • Access to STC Mentor Board

  • Access to STC Online Publications

  • Discounted annual conference registration (available for all categories)

  • Free chapter membership

  • Free Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

  • 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)

  • Annual Conference Early Bird pricing extended through 3/1

Professional & Academic
$112.50Experienced professionals39
  • Network with 5,000 professionals

  • Access to STC's Job Bank

  • Discounted STC Job Bank posting rates

  • Discounted CPTC Certification Exam

  • Discount on all webinars

  • Discount on all online courses

  • Personalized Education Report Card

  • Discounts on Corporate products and services

  • Access to STC Salary Database publication

  • Access to STC Mentor Board

  • Access to STC Online Publications

  • Discounted annual conference registration (available for all categories)

  • Free chapter membership

  • Free Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

  • 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)

  • Annual Conference Early Bird pricing extended through 3/1

New Professional
$126.00Recent graduates39
  • Network with 5,000 professionals

  • Access to STC's Job Bank

  • Discounted STC Job Bank posting rates

  • Discounted CPTC Certification Exam

  • Discount on all webinars

  • Discount on all online courses

  • Personalized Education Report Card

  • Discounts on Corporate products and services

  • Access to STC Salary Database publication

  • Access to STC Mentor Board

  • Access to STC Online Publications

  • Discounted annual conference registration (available for all categories)

  • Free chapter membership

  • Free Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

  • 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)

  • Annual Conference Early Bird pricing extended through 3/1

Student
$52.50Current students39
  • Network with 5,000 professionals

  • Access to STC's Job Bank

  • Discounted STC Job Bank posting rates

  • Discounted CPTC Certification Exam

  • Discount on all webinars

  • Discount on all online courses

  • Personalized Education Report Card

  • Discounts on Corporate products and services

  • Access to STC Salary Database publication

  • Access to STC Mentor Board

  • Access to STC Online Publications

  • Discounted annual conference registration (available for all categories)

  • Free chapter membership

  • Free Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

  • 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)

  • Annual Conference Early Bird pricing extended through 3/1

Additional Membership Levels, Eligibility, and Information

Retired membership

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 membership@stc.org.

Download a PDF membership application here.

Adjusted Membership Dues Schedule

  1 Jan   1 Mar  1 May 1 Jul – 31 Aug
Retired $145.00  $130.50 $116.00   $101.50

Countries and Territories with Adjusted Dues

Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Democratic Republic of Korea, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Federated States of Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Republic of Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Adjust Membership Dues Schedule

Category 1 Jan 1 Mar 1 May 1 Jul – 31 Aug
Classic $50.00 $45.00 $40.00 $35.00
Student $25.00 $22.50 $22.00 $17.50

Download a PDF membership application here.

Download a PDF Student membership brochure and application here.

Download a PDF of the 2018 Membership Brochure here.

View full dues schedule here.

Membership FAQs

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.

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