Membership FAQs


Individuals may join online at Individuals can also complete and submit a PDF application to

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


Contact information may be updated by logging in at, clicking on your name in the upper left corner, and then clicking on the pencil in each section you want to update under the About Me tab.

 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.
  • Corporate Value Program membership. Companies who employ five or more technical communicators can save on overall cost of Classic membership by enrolling in the Corporate Value Program (CVP). Those who join receive benefits such as ePublications, discounted professional development programs, and discounted conference registration for each enrolled staff member. Dues are based on the number of staff enrolled. Click here for more details.

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

Members may pay online with a credit card at to join or renew.

Payments may also be mailed with a completed membership form 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 at all times.

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

All STC memberships run on a calendar year basis and expire on 31 December. A grace period for access to member benefits will extend through 15 January. 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. Renewal notifications will be sent in the fall.


Current members who wish to join a community can do so by logging in to, selecting “My Communities,” then “Add Communities.” You can also enroll by submitting a PDF membership application to for processing, or by contacting STC membership 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 eachFor a complete list of professional chaptersstudent chapters, and SIGs, please click here. Current membership in the STC is a requirement for joining a Chapter or SIG.

You cannot enroll in a community without a first being a member with the STC. This is a requirement for joining a Chapter or SIG.


Contact information may be updated by logging into, clicking on your name in the upper left corner, and then clicking on the pencil in each section you want to update under the About Me tab. Information about your membership can be found under the My Account History tab.

Do not create a new account . This results in the creation of a duplicate record. Please use the forgot password link or contact

Please contact STC at or call +1 (703) 522-4114 with your credit card information to verify the transaction is complete.

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