ASHRAE is unique because its membership is drawn from a wide range of disciplines relating to the HVAC&R field. Approximately 50,000 individuals from more than 100 nations belong to the Society. Among them are students, consulting engineers, mechanical contractors, building owners, and employees of manufacturing companies, educational institutions, research organizations, government or any organization concerned with environmental control. Members range from students to longtime engineers and professionals in other related disciplines such as architecture and medical research.
ASHRAE Member Grades
There are four main grades of ASHRAE membership: Member; Associate Member; Affiliate Member; and Student Member.
Descriptions of All Membership Grades other than Student Member.
Student Members are sponsored by full-grade Members or Associate Members. The student must be studying or have an interest in an HVAC&R industry-related field. A student eligible for ASHRAE student membership is a person matriculated in an approved course of study in a university, college, junior college, or technical institute, who is being educated in the arts and sciences covered by the Society's objectives.
Student status terminates one year after leaving school or graduating. A student may advance from student to Associate member status during the first year following graduation through the SmartStart program. This allows a Student Member to join without paying the full membership dues fee at the time of application. For more information please visit the SmartStart page (https://ashrae.org/membership--conferences/student-zone/membership-and-meetings/ashraes-smartstart-program) or contact the Assistant Manager of Student Activities.
Benefits of Student Membership
Over 5,000 students are taking advantage of belonging to ASHRAE. The following areas represent the benefits you'll receive as a student member.
Monthly ASHRAE Journal
The official monthly publication of the Society explores issues such as indoor air quality, energy management, solar developments, and more.
ASHRAE's monthly newspaper, ASHRAE Insights, is devoted exclusively to news and information about the Society at every level including news of special interest to students. Students are encouraged to submit articles and pictures of current student branch activities, award presentations, etc.
The HVAC&R Industry eNewsletter
The HVAC&R Industry eNewsletter is produced in HTML format and issued on a weekly basis. Best of all, it's free to both ASHRAE members and non-members. Visit the HVAC&R Industry eNewsletter page to find out more about this benefit.
ASHRAE student members can continue receiving the many member benefits of ASHRAE after finishing college through the SmartStart program. The first year out of college annual membership is still only $20. Then it is only $50 for the second year and $50 for the third year. Learn More
As an ASHRAE student member, you may participate in the following programs the Student Design Project Competition, Grants-in-Aid, Society and Local Scholarships, and Student Branch Activities. All of these programs are designed to enhance your future as an HVAC&R professional.
- Enjoy discounted registration at the Annual and Winter ASHRAE Conferences
- The annual dues for ASHRAE student membership are $20.00 (This fee must accompany your application for membership.)
The Student Zone
The Student Zone web page offers valuable career and educational resources for ASHRAE Student Members. Students can obtain a list of accredited engineering institutions as well as tips on landing an exciting job in the HVAC&R industry.
The ASHRAE Student Store is your one-stop shop for ASHRAE books, standards, reports, charts, and more. Student members are eligible for special prices. Log in to browse discounted publications.
Student Membership Applications