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What is STC?
The Society for Technical Communication (STC) is a Section 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational, scientific, and charitable organization dedicated to furthering the art of communicating technical information and promoting the education, improvement, and advancement of its members. STC is a professional organization serving the technical communication profession. STC was established in 1953. For more information about STC and the benefits of membership in the organization, see About STC on the stc.org website.
STC members include:
- accessibility specialists
- graphic artists & creative designers
- human factors engineers
- information planners
- instructional designers
- interface designers
- managers of technical communication departments or projects
- marketing and public relations communicators
- photographers, film, and video production specialists
- software engineers
- technical communicators
- technical, medical, and scientific illustrators
- technical, medical, and scientific writers and editors
- usability and user interface testers and consultants
- web designers, web developers, content managers, & webmasters
Technical communicators translate technical information into plain language that is easily understood by the user. They can convey scientific and technical information precisely, accurately, and clearly. Technical communication is recognized as an increasingly essential occupation in business and government. Technical communicators work with scientists and engineers in offices, factories, banks, hospitals, laboratories, from home, and on military bases. They work on a team, by themselves, as staff writers, managers, contractors, and consultants.
STC Mission Statement
The Society for Technical Communication advances technical communication as the discipline of transforming complex information into usable content for products, processes, and services. STC serves its members by identifying and promoting best practices in the field and by demonstrating the economic value delivered by technical communicators. By providing lifelong learning opportunities, we help our members develop their skills and competencies so that they may advance in a variety of career paths.
The STC membership structure includes several categories of membership, each of which offers a different value to members. Before joining, please read the descriptions of each type and their related dues on http://www.stc.org/membership/join-or-renew-now.
Annual dues are payable to STC on January 1 (membership year ends on December 31). Membership may not be transferred or assigned to another person. STC dues are tax deductible. A receipt and membership card will be mailed to you after your payment is received. New members joining after 31 January pay a prorated fee. Refer to the New Member Proration Schedule for how to figure the rates for new members. Dues are paid to the Society for Technical Communication and include membership in a local chapter or SIG. A portion of each member's dues is rebated to the SIG you join. Fifteen dollars is applied towards a subscription to the quarterly journal, Technical Communication, and $15 is for the monthly magazine, Intercom.
New: Each new application or renewal must be submitted under separate login credentials (userid/password). Otherwise information contained in member accounts could be overwritten if you log in with your regular STC membership login.
- Online new member application encrypted by Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)
- Membership Application form PDF (157 Kb .pdf)
Mail application forms to the Society office:
Society for Technical Communication
9401 Lee Highway
Fairfax VA 22031
Renew Your Dues
The Society office will send out the first renewal notice to all members by e-mail the first week in October. You may renew your dues online starting in October. The first U.S. postal mail to members (including a renewal invoice) will be sent out in mid-November. The renewal deadline is 28 February if you want to vote in the STC elections.
The last renewal date to renew STC membership is March 31. After that, your membership becomes inactive. You may renew your membership online at the Society's website:
Change Your Membership Community Affiliation
If you've already renewed, you may add affiliations to chapters and SIGs using your STC Profile / My Communities tab as follows:
Log in > select My Communities tab > click Add Communities
Special Interest Groups
STC's Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are groups of STC members with common experiences and interests who share their skills and knowledge with each other and the Society. You may sign up for as many SIGs as you wish.
Current SIGs include:
- Consulting & Independent Contracting
- Content Life Cycle
- Instructional Design & Learning
- Lone Writer
- Policies & Procedures
- Technical Editing
- Usability & User Experience
Corporate Membership and Corporate Sponsorship
Corporate Value Program & STC Partnerships
STC established the Corporate Value Program (CVP) to meet the individual needs of corporations. The CVP offers a variety of options, tailored to meet individual corporate technical communication needs. CVP may include membership for all staff members or just a few. A large variety of benefits are offered to meet the individual needs of each company. Benefits include the following and more.
There are two forms of the Corporate Value Program: Group Discount and Membership for Marketing Purposes.
See the Corporate Value Program (CVP) page for more information.
STC's News Feed
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- Who should go to the #STC15 Leadership Program? - 24 Mar 2015
- What is happening at the #STC15 Leadership Program? - 17 Mar 2015
- New Member Benefit: Your STC Education Report Card! - 13 Mar 2015
- Talking Usability: The 80:20 Rule and Product Design - 10 Mar 2015
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- Society site
- STC Chapter Leaders Resources
- STC professional and student chapters, and special interest groups.
- Ethical Principles for Technical Communicators
- STC Academic Resources
- Download the STC 2015 Student Membership Flyer .pdf
- Download the STC 2015 Membership Benefits Flyer .pdf