ASHRAE® Long Island
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers advances the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world. Membership is open to any person associated with the field including indoor air quality, building design and operation, and environmental control for food processing and industry.
Membership in ASHRAE allows access to information about state-of-the-art HVAC&R technology and provides many opportunities to participate in the development of that technology. Participation is available locally, through chapters, and through membership on Society committees, such as standards projects committees, which are responsible for the development of standards, and technical committees which advise the Society on research needs, emerging technologies, and technical matters.
ASHRAE Members who hold professional engineering designations can now apply for Member of CIBSE via an accelerated route (CIBSE requires a curriculum vitae, as well as proof of both professional registration and ASHRAE Member status). Likewise, CIBSE Members can fast-track into ASHRAE membership without undergoing ASHRAE's review. ASHRAE/CIBSE Reciprocal Recognition Application Form
As indicated many times in the past, a Chapter MP Chair has three major items to be concerned about: recruiting new members, retaining existing members, and advancing memberships. Let’s discuss retaining members, and specifically our student members. Talk to your Student Activities and/or YEA Chairs prior to May graduations, to transfer your student members into ASHRAE’s SmartStart Program.
What is the SmartStart Program? It’s the greatest way for ASHRAE student members to transfer to Associate mem-bership and receive ASHRAE member benefits after finishing college!
Why transfer? When a student member transfers to an Associate membership they gain access to all ASHRAE bene-fits, including:
>> The ASHRAE Handbooks, which are essential for all HVAC&R professionals;
>>The ASHRAE Journal, a monthly magazine full of technical resources; High Performing Buildings, a magazine for building technologies (electronic only);
>> ASHRAE Insights, the monthly newsletter of key Society news and activities;
>> HVAC Industry News, a weekly news resource of the latest industry news and information;
>> Access to more than 300 of the industry’s leading technical publications;
>> Access to online education, satellite broadcasts and professional education classes;
>> Online training; Professional certifications;
>> Critical industry research;
>> Tremendous networking opportunities through chapters and committees; and
>> The ASHRAE Job Board being
How does it work?
1. The first year out of college annual membership is $20.
2. Then it is only $50 for the second year and $50 for the third year.
3. You save up to $420 and get three years of membership for $120. ($20-$50-$50)
The SmartStart program is the most affordable and practical way for a student member to continue being connected to ASHRAE. But, don’t wait! Only current, active student members are eligible for this program. You need to contact and transfer your graduating seniors NOW!
Consider the following ideas when creating an action plan:
1. Coordinate with the Student Activities and/or YEA Chairs to attend the local student branch meetings. Provide technical presentations and/or “real world experiences” that occur within the industry.
2. Organize a graduation event and celebrate their achievement. Explain how the industry actually works, and encourage them to stay in ASHRAE. Explain the importance of having networking opportunities, and the benefits of the ASHRAE job board, educational opportunities and the technical resources that are available to ASHRAE members.
3. Have the chapter perform a raffle to pay for a graduating student’s dues on SmartStart (only $120 for all 3 years). Maybe provide first year dues (only $20) for a couple of students. You can have them all complete some task such as volunteering at a chapter event, or reward them for attending a certain number of chapter meetings while a student.
Don't forget that the students are part of ASHRAE’s future!
We need the MP Chairs to help retain and transfer students.
We need them to help us all improve HVAC&R for the built environment. It’s part of the ASHRAE culture and for all members with a common interest to provide solutions to set standards around the world.
If you have any questions about the SmartStart program, please contact your RVC and/or Rhiannon Loomis at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please visit the ASHRAE website at http://www.ashrae.org to review and update your bios, and to check if you are up to date with your membership dues.
Please take the time to review these resources.
Member — The grade of Member is awarded to individuals who have twelve or more years of qualified industry-related experience. Credit for industry related experience can be earned from any combination of approved education, work experience and professional registration. Yearly dues: $180
Associate Member — The Associate Member grade is awarded to individuals who have less than twelve years of ASH-RAE-approved industry experience in the heating, refrigerating, air-conditioning, or ventilating fields. Yearly dues: $180
Affiliate Member — ASHRAE’s newest grade is an introductory grade for applicants with a general interest in the Society's programs and services. Assignment to this grade is limited to those who are under 30 years of age who are first-time new members. Yearly dues: Year 1: $50, Year 2: $70, Year 3: $90
Student Member — To qualify as a student member you must be studying or have an interest in an HVAC&R industry-related field. Eligible students must be participating in an approved course of study in a university, college, junior college, or technical institute. Yearly dues: $20
Please note that the yearly dues are Society level only; they do not include local chapter dues.
Our membership goals for this year include retaining our members, increasing YEA (Young Engineers in ASHRAE) and student membership, and increasing participation in our monthly meetings and events. If you know a prospective member, please invite them to our monthly meeting. If you have any questions regarding your membership, please do not hesitate to contact me.