Membership FAQs


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SHRM is the world’s largest professional society dedicated to serving human resources professionals at all levels and functions.



What does SHRM offer to small companies who may not have an HR professional?

Tons of resources to save whomever manages the HR function time and money as they strive to stay compliant and create a great workplace.  We have an Ask an Advisor service, offering personalized advice on your specific HR questions or challenges, how-to guides, sample policies, job descriptions and interview questions, and more.  Members also get discounts on all sorts of professional, personal and travel services plus HR labor law posters, employee handbook builders and much more.

What does SHRM offer to individuals outside the U.S.?

With almost 10,000 members from outside the U.S., SHRM offers global best practices, trends and research results plus tools to help you in any HR position, regardless of your location.  HR metric calculators, sample policies, job descriptions and interview questions plus an online community to get feedback on everything from multinational challenges to implementing HRIS systems and more.

What if I don't have my member ID number?

Go to the login page and click "Forgot your Member ID" to have your member ID sent to your e-mail address on file, or contact SHRM Customer Care Center at 800.283.7476, option 3 (US Only), +1.703.548.3440, option 3 (Int'l), TTY/TDD +1.703.548.6999 between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm ET, or e-mail

When will I have access to the website?

  • When joining online or by phone: within 3 hours
  • When joining by fax: 24-48 hours
  • When joining by mail: 4-6 weeks

What should I do if I can't log into the members-only pages?

The login page has links to retrieve your username and password. If you still need assistance, please call SHRM Customer Care Center at 800.283.7476, option 3 (US Only), +1.703.548.3440, option 3 (Int'l), TTY/TDD +1.703.548.6999 or between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm ET.

Can I share my membership ID or login information with other people?

No. SHRM is an individual membership organization. Use of your membership by any non-member is a violation of the SHRM membership policy.

How do I update my mailing address and contact information?

Visit MYSHRM or to update your information or call SHRM Customer Care Center at 800.283.7476, option 3 (US Only), +1.703.548.3440, option 3 (Int'l), TTY/TDD +1.703.548.6999 between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm ET, or e-mail

When does my membership expire?

Twelve (12) months from the end of the month in which your membership was processed. Example: If your membership is processed on 1/7/2018, then your membership expires on 1/31/2019.

What are the differences between associate, general, and professional memberships?

Associate Membership: Individuals in entry-level HR positions or those with an interest in HR management, Associate members can't vote or hold national office board positions.

General Membership: Individuals in exempt HR management positions with less than 3 years of experience. General members can vote but can't hold national office board positions.

Professional Membership: Individuals in exempt HR management positions with more than 3 years of experience; full time consultants; those actively certified with SHRM. They can vote and can hold national office board positions.

How can a member contact an HR Knowledge Advisor for assistance with HR-related questions?

Any professional SHRM member may contact an HR Advisor via phone, instant message, or e-mail from Student members may search member-protected pages of the SHRM website to conduct their own research.

What if I am unemployed when it's time to renew?

For active members who are unemployed at the time of their membership renewal, SHRM provides a one-time opportunity to extend membership for an additional year FREE. Click here for further information. 

My company paid my membership. What happens if I leave my job?

SHRM membership is individual, so your membership follows you. Please make sure to keep your contact information current, especially when changing jobs or addresses. See

Am I automatically a SHRM member if I joined my local SHRM chapter?

No. SHRM Chapter members are entitled only to benefits offered by their local chapter. National SHRM members have full access to the SHRM website, the Knowledge Center, a free subscription to HR Magazine, access to HR research, discounts on SHRM education and conferences, and networking opportunities with SHRM national, student, and international members.

Are my membership dues tax deductible?

SHRM annual dues are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes, but may be deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses except that, under IRC section 162(e), 3% of the SHRM annual dues are allocable to lobbying expenses and therefore are not deductible.

Does SHRM offer membership partnerships with other organizations?

SHRM's Executive Network affiliate, HR People + Strategy includes a SHRM membership with their individual membership dues. For those in the healthcare industry, we also partner with the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA). Contact ASHHRA to request a joint application or invoice.

How do I specify which e-mails I want to receive?

Follow the directions in the color block at the bottom of every email: "Unsubscribe or change e-mail preferences" At the Subscription Management Page, you can choose which emails you want to receive (opt-in). Please note, HR Topic e-newsletters are opt-in. On, go to Resources & Tools to select the HR Topic e-newsletters you want to receive. 

I'm already a member, why am I getting emails about joining SHRM?

Sorry about that!  We do our best to suppress any current member from getting emails not relevant to them.  When a new email address enters our system, they are invited to join since we can't tie them to a current member.  This can happen with a typo or a slight change in punctuation ( or, etc) or if there's a generic that gets directed to a current member.  These secondary email addresses can be added to your record at MYSHRM under the contact information section.

How do I unsubscribe from SHRM new member postal mailings?

If you are a current member receiving letters asking you to join, then please accept our apology.  Your mailing address must not match what we have on record with your membership account.  Please add the address you are receiving mail to in your member record.  If you are receiving mail to an address for someone that isn't interested in membership or isn't there anymore, please let us know by filling out this mail removal request form.

Are there any offerings for retiring members?

Yes, we have two options.  There’s a retired annual membership for $55 each year and is available to any professional SHRM member who has retired from active full-time employment.  These members do not have voting rights and may not hold office in the Society, but do have access to all other SHRM member benefits, discounts and offerings.

There’s also a retired life membership with a one-time rate of $480 available for SHRM members who had a professional membership for at least 10 years are now retired from active full-time employment.  They get all the benefits of SHRM membership.  

Both retired membership options can be activated by calling SHRM’s Customer Care center at 800.283.7476, option 3 (US Only), +1.703.548.3440, option 3 (Int'l).

Membership Card

How do I create a membership card online?

  1. Click here to create your card.
  2. Log in, if you are not already logged in.
  3. Click on "Generate membership card". A PDF file of your card will be created.
  4. Click on the printer icon on the PDF toolbar. Click to generate your membership card.

How do I change the size of the printed card?

  1. Click on the printer icon on the PDF toolbar.
  2. Go to "Page Handling' near the middle of the screen .
  3. Go to "Page Scaling".
  4. From the drop -down menu, choose the option "shrink to printable area".

Do I need an active national membership to print a card?

Yes. A chapter membership is not valid.

What do I need to create an online membership card?

You will need:

  1. An active SHRM national membership.
  2. Your last name as listed in the SHRM directory.
  3. Your member ID number.
  4. Adobe Acrobat reader software (which can be downloaded from

For More Information

Contact SHRM Customer Care Center at 800.283.7476, option 3 (US Only), +1.703.548.3440, option 3 (Int'l), TTY/TDD +1.703.548.6999 or between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm ET.

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Where can I find information about my local chapter?

You can find information about your local chapter at SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters.

Will my local chapter contact me or should I contact them for information about joining?

Your local chapter does reach out to new SHRM members throughout the year, but we encourage you to contact them first. Find out what local events and resources could be of use to you at

How do I become an officer in my local chapter?

It depends on the chapter. Some require years of membership in that local chapter, whereas others are looking for fresh assistance on its committees and planning boards. Contact your local chapter to find out.

Does SHRM have chapters outside the United States?

SHRM has groups similar to chapters located outside the United States called Member Forums. They provide opportunities for networking, sharing of best practices, and local face-to-face and virtual interaction among HR professionals. For more information, click here.

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Where can I find information about conferences and seminars?

For information about SHRM's conferences, go to For information SHRM's educational programs, visit SHRM Seminars, SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certification preparation, and eLearning

Does SHRM offer legal advice?

No. SHRM provides information, research, guidance, and best practices, but does not offer specific legal advice. Please consult your organization's or external counsel on any topic for which you want legal advice.

Where can I get a listing of all SHRM member resources?

Download our member benefits flier for an overview or take a tour of the resources online.


Where do I get information about posting and searching for HR jobs?

For information about HR Careers, go to

Now that I have graduated, what should I do to start my career in HR ?

Congratulations! Joining SHRM is the first step . We encourage you to network by joining your local chapter, participatie in online discussions on SHRM Connect or take advantage of SHRM's free webcasts on various topics at

What resources does SHRM offer to advance my career?

Members can access a variety of career resources at

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If you were unable to find the answers you were looking for:
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call 800.283.7476, option 3 (US Only),
+1.703.548.3440, option 3 (Int'l),
TTY/TDD +1.703.548.6999 between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm ET.


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