How to Join the ISTC

Membership is open to all – whether you are interested or involved in technical communication of any kind.

There are three steps to joining the ISTC:

1) Choose a type of membership:

Fellow This grade recognises those with substantial experience in senior roles.
Member For experienced technical communicators.
Junior Entry level membership for professionals starting out in the field.
Student An introductory membership for those studying technical communication.
Associate Choose this membership if you are interested in technical communication, but not directly involved.

If you’re not sure which type of membership is right for you, you can read more about membership grades or contact us.

2) Tell us about yourself: Complete the ISTC Membership Form (PDF).

Remember to include:

  • Current CV giving details of your education, qualifications and experience. (We use this to confirm your membership grade.)
  • Supporting evidence if you are applying for student or retired membership.

Note that we may contact you and ask for further information to help assess your application.

3) Choose your payment option: You can pay the membership fees by cheque, set up a direct debit (members only), or pay online.


The membership fees for 2014 are as follows:

Application Fee (non-refundable) £30
Student concession
(first year only) *
Other students £38
Junior £76
Member £90
Retired Member** £45
Fellow £90
Retired Fellow** £45
Associate £76
Retired Associate** £38
Business Affiliate See current rates on our Business Affiliates pages.

*Students must be on a recognised course in technical communications.
**Retirement age, 65, with supporting evidence.

If you need to change your membership grade, see Grade Transfers.


Code of Professional Practice

Remember that by applying for membership of the ISTC you agree to adhere to the Code of Professional Practice and other regulations of the Institute.