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Frequently Asked Questions about Membership

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How are the current dues set?
The Board of Directors sets the dues based on the CPI (Consumer Price Index).

What should I do if my membership has lapsed and I want to renew?
Former members can either rejoin as a new member (online or via print application) or reinstate. Many former members want to keep their years of tenure, so they choose to reinstate by paying back dues. To reinstate your membership you must contact ASHRAE staff. Each former member’s situation is different, so we want to offer the most suitable reinstatement option. Contact the Member Contact Center at 800-527-4723 (US/Canada) or 404-636-8400 (International) and ask a representative about reinstating your membership. You can also send an email to membership@ashrae.org, with the subject line of ‘Membership Reinstatement.’ If possible, include your former member number.

When do I receive the Handbook?
New Members and Associates will receive the 2019 ASHRAE Handbook—HVAC Applications in June 2019 plus a 12-month complimentary subscription to the ASHRAE Handbook Online.

The Handbook is usually mailed in June of each year.  This does not mean that they will receive the handbook in June.  The delivery date can be up to 12 weeks after the book is shipped depending on where the person lives and/or the method of shipment.

Why should I advance my membership?
As you advance in your career and expertise it always beneficial to showcase your experience to other ASHRAE members through the status of your member grade. In addition, many technical committees and chapter offices require a certain member grade to participate in certain volunteer positions.

If you are unsure about which grade you qualify for, please see the options available on the "Join" page. 

How do I advance from Associate to Member grade?
To advance from Associate to Member, you must update your ASHRAE bio online, and notify membership@ashrae.org that you have an updated bio and wish to be considered for grade advancement. If you are unsure about how to update your Bio online see ‘How do I update my Bio’ below. Once we receive the email request your Bio will be reviewed to ensure you meet the qualifications for Member Grade, and you will be contacted to confirm the status of your advancement.

How do I advance from Affiliate to Associate?
Affiliate Membership is limited to 3 years. Your Affiliate membership is automatically transferred to Associate grade after the 3 year term has expired. No action is needed on your part to transfer. If you would like to advance before the end of your 3 year term, you will be required to pay the balance difference of the two memberships. Affiliates can change to Associate grade early by contacting membership@ashrae.org for assistance.

How do I transfer from Student to Associate membership?
Active Student Members can easily transfer to Associate grade membership by participating in the SmartStart program. The SmartStart program allows active student members to transfer to Associate grade membership for a reduced rate. Only active student members are eligible for the SmartStart program. For more information and to apply for the SmartStart program visit ashrae.org/smartstart.

How do I update my Bio?

  1. Log into your ASHRAE Account.
  2. Choose ‘My Profile’ from the drop-down list under your name.
  3. Select the ‘Biographical Icon' located in the center of the ASHRAE Member Profile page and then add, edit, or delete bio information.

How do I change my address/contact information?

  1. Log into your ASHRAE Account.
  2. Choose ‘My Profile’ from the drop-down list under your name.
  3. Select the ‘Contact Info’ icon located in the center of the ASHRAE Member Profile page and then add, edit, or delete contact information.

How do I change my Chapter?

  1. Log into your ASHRAE Account.
  2. Choose ‘My Profile’ from the drop-down list under your name.
  3. Once the ASHRAE Membership Profile page comes up, go to the bottom of the ‘Membership page’ to the “Change Chapter” Section and make the necessary changes.

What number do I call if I have any additional questions?
The Member Contact Center can be reached at 800-527-4723 (US/Canada) or 404-636-8400 (International) Monday to Friday from 8 AM EST to 5 PM EST.

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