Become A Member


Become A Member

STC’s mission is to advance the theory and practice of technical communication, and advance members’ professional development.

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.

India is categorised as an emerging nation and Indian technical writers can join STC for $50 as opposed to the standard membership fees of $225. That is a whopping 77% discount with no compromise on the benefits! In addition, there are no fees to join the India Chapter.

If you are an Indian student, then the membership fee is just USD 25.

STC has a membership category for everyone! Click here for afull listof benefits per category.

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Membership Categories & Rates

Gold: $276.50 USD Your Best Value!

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.

Student: $52.50 USD

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: $101.50 USD

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

New Professional: $126.00 USD

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.

Corporate Value Program: teams of 5 or more

Does your organization have five or more technical communicators on staff who are interested in joining STC? If so, look into our Corporate Value Program (CVP) membership to save on dues for your entire team. Click here for details.

Sustaining Member: long-term membership

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.

Membership Applications

Download a PDF membership application here.

Download a PDF Student membership brochure and application here.

Download a PDF of the Membership Benefits brochure here.

View full dues schedule here.

Adjusted Dues Schedule

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.

*STC membership promotions or campaigns may advertise a promotion with a different rate than the amount listed on the graph. Contact with any questions. Your participation is not necessary to win.

Emerging Nations

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

Additional Information

Visit our Member FAQ’s page for additional information

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