Types of Membership
Professional Members – Professional membership may be granted to those persons who, at the time of application, have responsibility for the development, supervision and administration of the formal human resource program of their respective organization in any one of the following functional areas: Employment, Placement, Human Resource Planning, Training and Development, Employee and Labor Relations, Compensation and Benefits, Health/Safety/Security, Human Resource Research or Equal Employment Opportunity Administration. Professional members may vote and hold office in the chapter.
Associate Members – Individuals in a human resource position and/or individuals who do not meet the qualifications of other classes of membership but who can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Board of Directors, a bona fide interest in the human resource profession and in the purpose of the chapter.
1. Individuals who are not presently employed in the human resource profession, but have been employed in the profession previously, or who can demonstrate a bona fide interest in becoming employed in the profession.
2. Individuals who have graduated within the last two (2) years with a bachelors degree or professional certificate with a major emphasis in the human resource profession who have not yet secured employment in the profession, and/or
3. Professional members who are not presently active in the practice of human resources but who intend to return to the profession. Individuals in this category may retain associate membership in the Chapter for up to two (2) years.
Associate membership shall not exceed 20% of the total membership at the time of application. No associate member shall lose membership status or be denied renewal of their membership if the loss of professional members should cause the professional membership to fall below the majority requirement.
Any application for a new associate membership after date of ratification of the 2005 bylaws shall include confirmation of current membership in SHRM. Additionally, the associate member must maintain a current membership in the National SHRM organization. Associate members will pay regular dues and luncheon costs, may vote and serve on the Board of Trustees and committees, but may not be an officer of the Chapter.
Student Members – Student Membership may be granted to individuals who can demonstrate to the Board of Directors, a bona fide interest in the human resources profession and in the purpose of the chapter and who meet the following criteria below.
1. Individuals who are enrolled either as full-time or part-time students, at freshman standing or higher;
2. Individuals who are enrolled in the equivalent of at least six (6) credit hours.
3. Individuals who are enrolled in a four-year or graduate institution and/or a consortium of these or a two-year community college with a matriculation agreement between it and a four-year college or university which provides for automatic acceptance of the community college students into the four-year college or university
4. Individuals who are able to provide verification of a demonstrated emphasis in human resource management subjects,
5. Individuals who are able to provide verification of the college or university's human resources or related degree program.
Student members are encouraged to join their College or University’s SHRM Chapter as well if the School has an established Chapter. Student members receive a discounted rate on membership in the NWLA SHRM Chapter as well as discounted rates for Chapter Meetings and the Chapter’s Annual Conference. Student members may not vote or hold office in the Chapter.
Honorary Members – Honorary membership may only be granted by the majority vote of the Board of Directors. Any professional member in good standing at the time of retirement from any firm, organization or institution may be selected for honorary membership; and/or any employee of a governmental agency actively engaged in a human resource related profession (i.e., unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation, job service, etc.) may be selected for honorary membership in the chapter. Honorary members shall be entitled to full membership without the payment of dues but may not vote or be a member of the Chapter Board of Directors.
National SHRM - If you are not already a member of National SHRM you should consider it, its works perfectly in conjunction with your local SHRM Membership.
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