Membership FAQs

About Joining 

How do I join? Individuals may join online or complete and submit a PDF application to membership@stc.org or via fax to +1 (703) 522-2075. See dues pricing.

When does my membership expire? All memberships expire on 31 DecemberSTC membership is based on a calendar year.

If I join mid-year, will my dues be adjusted? Yes. Dues are adjusted after 1 March. See adjusted dues schedule. The deadline for joining or renewing membership for the current year is 15 September.

Membership Information

How can I pay my dues? Members may pay online when joining or renewing. Payments may also be mailed to: The Society for Technical Communication, 9401 Lee Highway, Suite 300, Fairfax, VA 22031.

Does STC offer discounted memberships? STC offers several membership levels for students, recent graduates, retired, and corporate members. See dues rates.

How do I become a Senior Member? A senior member is any individual who has been a regular member of the Society for five consecutive years.

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.
  • 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. You must have graduated from a technical communication program with in the last three years.

Are my dues tax deductible? Your dues may be tax deductible

How do I get a refund on my membership dues? Because the full range of STC products and services available to members immediately upon joining or renewing, STC dues are nonrefundable.

How do I cancel my membership? You may cancel your membership at any time by contacting STC Member Services at +1 (703) 522-4114 or membership@stc.org.

What is the deadline for renewing my membership? 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 “cancelled” and will be ineligible to vote in the STC elections. 

Community Questions

How can I join a chapter or special interest group (SIG)?

 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, 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 SIGsMembership in STC is a requirement for adding a secondary membership in a chapter or SIG. 

I feel I get most of the value from STC through my local chapter. Can I resign my STC membership in favor of chapter-only membership? No. You must first join STC before joining an STC chapter or SIG. STC chapters are a tremendous resource and consistently rank among the most highly valued assets among our members. However, the value chapters offer would not be feasible without constant financial and operational support from STC. Aside from the major intangible benefits available to all STC memberseducational and professional development seminars, the STC Summit, and othersthere is significant infrastructure support involved in managing a chapter. Without STC to help offset the costs of this infrastructure, some chapters would not exist and others would be hampered in their ability to serve members. 

Technical Issues

How can I update my member contact information? Member information may be updated by logging into https://access.stc.org and selecting “Edit” to the right of your name.

The system does not recognize my username/password. What should I do? Do not create a new username. This results in the creation of a duplicate record, which may negatively impact the calculation of your years of service. Please contact us at +1 (703) 522-4114 or email membership@stc.org

Why won’t my dropdown feature work? If you are using Internet Explorer 7.0, try using another browser, such as Mozilla Firefox or Chrome. 

I receive an error message when I click “SUBMIT” when making a payment in full. What can I do? While it is likely that all of the information you entered on your application has been captured in our system, it is unlikely that your payment was processed. Please contact STC at +1 (703) 522-4114 with your credit card information to complete the transaction.

Is my payment secure? Yes. The membership and education purchase pages are secured using PCI Compliant practices and SSL Certificates. If you visit a page under the subdomain http://access.stc.org and appears to be not be secure please send an email to webmaster@stc.org detailing the source link. Also, you can enable a secure connection by entering https:// instead of http:// to secure your entire visit to access.stc.org.

 

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