The value of STC membership is access to best-in-class technical communication education, award-winning publications, certification, career development, professional networking opportunities, and other exclusive member benefits. STC's mission is to advance the theory and practice of technical communication, and advance members' professional development. This mission benefits consumers worldwide.
STC has a membership category for everyone! Click here for a full list of benefits per category.
Membership Categories & Rates
Gold membership includes access to all Professional & Academic benefits, plus 8 printed issues of Intercom magazine, free registration for all live webinars, 20% additional discount on all online courses, free access to the Salary Database, an extended Early Bird registration rate for the Technical Communication Summit & Expo, and one chapter and all selected Special Interest Groups (SIGs) of your choice.
STC’s Professional & Academic membership category is for the more seasoned professional with four or more years of experience. Those who choose Professional & Academic membership have access to the online versions of Intercom, Technical Communication, STC’s Salary Survey, and other ePublications. They can also take advantage of member-only discounts on all STC educational webinars, online courses, STC’s certification exams, annual conference registration, and corporate partner products and services. The Professional & Academic membership also includes a personalized Education Report Card, and Job Bank and Mentor Board access. Networking communities can be added for a fee.
New Professional members receive all Professional & Academic benefits at a discounted rate. To qualify for the New Professional Member rate, individuals must have graduated from a college/university within the past three years and/or are new to the tech comm field.
Student members receive all Professional & Academic member benefits, plus one professional and student chapter, the Academic SIG and one additional Special Interest Group (SIG) membership for free. 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 the equivalent each term; and preparing for a career in technical communication. Additional communities can be added for a fee.
Retired memberships include all Professional & Academic member benefits, one free Chapter membership, and one free Special Interest Group (SIG) membership. To qualify as a retired member, you must be a current member of STC with 10 consecutive years of membership, be 65 years of age or older, and work, on average, 20 hours per week or less. For more information about our retiree membership, contact us at email@example.com.
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.
All STC memberships are individual. STC is a U.S.-based company and all rates and fees listed are in U.S. dollars (USD).
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 online to members immediately upon activation, STC dues are nonrefundable and nontransferable. All STC memberships operate on a calendar year cycle and expire on 31 December.
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Additional Membership Levels, Eligibility, and Information
STC membership rates are adjusted later in the year to accommodate for the smaller amount of time your calendar year membership will be active. For more information on the adjusted rate for membership, click here.
Any chapter or SIG dues are in addition to your membership payment (unless included with your membership, see the member benefits page for more a full list of benefits), and will expire on the same date as your membership.
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Countries and Territories with Adjusted Dues
For members who are residents in the below countries and territories, you are eligible for reduced membership rates in the Professional & Academic and Student categories. Any other category can be purchased at the standard rate. Click here for more information on rates.
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
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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 Professional membership. It’s a step between Student Membership and Professional & Academic 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.
Gold, Student, and Retired membership categories receive free chapters and SIGs as a part of their membership package. Fees would apply to communities added past the free allotment. See the above membership category descriptions for full details. For a full list of communities, visit www.stc.org/communities/.
“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.