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The key values of STC membership are access to best-in-class technical communication education and training programs, career development, professional networking opportunities, and 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.

STC membership adds professional value beyond compare. View our Value Calculator to see an easy return on your investment.

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STC Membership: More Value than Ever

As a Classic member, you’ll receive these benefits at no extra cost. For even more value, consider the Gold Value Package.

  • Member-only discounts on education and our annual conference
  • Access to over 140 free, on-demand seminars
  • Take the CPTC exam and get certified. The Certified Professional Technical Communicator – Foundation Level is open. Receive continuing education units (CEUs) through STC's educational programs
  • Look at the STC Job Bank and get 14-day advance access to the newest employment opportunities before the general public
  • Annual Salary Database, containing the most up-to-date information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on what technical communicators are earning
  • Access to our industry-leading publications: Intercom magazine, Technical Communication journal, STC's Notebook blog, Techcomm Today eNewsletter, and the Technical Communication Body of Knowledge (TCBOK)
  • New STC Education Report Card, showing all education you've taken with STC in the past three years
  • Visit the STC Mentor Board where members connect with other members to form relationships that foster professional development
  • Access member-only content, including community leadership resources, the STC Member Directory, and more
  • Use STC's Affinity Program to receive discounts on software, products, and services from our partners
  • Obtain professional support through our global network of over 6,000 professionals

Please go to our benefits page for more about STC member benefits.


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2016 Membership Dues

2016 membership dues rates effective 15 September through 28 February.  

Membership Category

Included in Membership

Current Dues**

Adjusted Dues
(See List of Eligible Countries)

Classic Membership
  • eSubscriptions to Intercom magazine, Technical Communication journal, STC's Notebook blog, and TechComm Today eNewsletter
  • Discount on CPTC Certification
  • Over 140 free, on-demand seminars
  • Free annual Salary Database subscription
  • Mentor Board access 
  • Job Bank access, discounted posting rates, and 14 day advance viewing of new postings before the general public
  • Discounts on all online education courses and webinars, continuing education credits (CEUs) available
  • Personalized STC Education Report Card
  • Discounted Summit registration
  • TC Body of Knowledge (TCBOK) access
  • Member-only Affinity Program--discounts from our partners
  • $225
  • Add $25 per chapter
  • Add $10 per SIG
  • $50
  • Add $10 per chapter
  • Add $5 per SIG

Gold Value Package

  • Classic membership benefits
  • One free chapter membership
  • Free membership in all selected SIGs
  • Five live webinars at no cost
  • 20% off all online courses
  • Summit Early Bird pricing anytime
  • A print subscription to Intercom magazine

now $395!


now $395!


New TC Professional
(graduated within past three years)
  • Classic membership benefits
  • One free chapter membership
  • One free SIG membership
       $160          $160
Student Membership
  • Classic membership benefits
  • One free student chapter membership
  • One free professional chapter membership
  • Free Academic SIG membership
  • Free additional SIG membership
        $75           $25
Retired Membership
(contact Membership Dept. to apply)
  • Classic membership benefits
  • One free chapter membership
  • One free SIG membership
       $145          $145

Download a PDF application here.

Download a Student membership brochure and application (PDF) here.

View full dues schedule here.

There is a $30 enrollment fee for new memberships.

All memberships follow the calendar year and expire 31 December.

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.