Chapter Dues Increase

After careful consideration, PRSA Pittsburgh has made the decision to increase local chapter dues by $5, from $45 to $50 annually. This is our first local dues increase in more than 10 years and your 2017 board made the decision based on general economic inflation coupled with our mission to provide the best experience possible for our members.

The mere $5 increase per member will allow for enhanced programming activities, improved access to and quality of resources and an overall better localized experience for members.

In order to make that experience even better, we still want to hear from you! Take our member participation survey here: to help us built a better experience for you and the Pittsburgh PRSA Community.

Curious about dues? Here are a few frequently asked questions and answers that may paint a better picture. Still more questions? Email at any time to learn more.

Q.  I already pay National dues. Why must I pay for local chapter membership in addition to that cost?

A.  Your National dues allow you access to the hundreds of tools and resources available via PRSA including dozens of free webinars, RFP Exchange, Find a Firm tool, training programs, discounted access to national and international events, and much more. However, your local chapter does not receive any portion of your National dues nor is it funded by PRSA National.  By investing in a local chapter membership, you receive discounted or free access to local networking events, learning experiences and award shows not available without a local chapter membership. The separate dues allow your chapter to continue to offer these benefits to you on an annual basis.

Q.  Do I have to join a chapter?

A.  No, chapter membership is not required to be part of PRSA. However, National members who have not invested in local chapter membership will not receive discounted or free access to local events and awards.

Q. Do I have to be a PRSA National member to join a local chapter?

A. Yes, you must be a member of PRSA National to join a local chapter and receive access to local events and resources at a discounted or free rate.

Q. Do I have to be a local chapter member to attend PRSA Pittsburgh events or enter awards?

A. No, you do not have to be a member to participate in most PRSA Pittsburgh events, however you will receive significant discounts and recognition in exchange for your membership. Cost savings for major PRSA Pittsburgh events such as PD Day and Renaissance Awards is typically around $20 per ticket.

Q. Do I have to pay a reinstatement fee every year?

A. No. Although you must renew your National and local chapter dues on an annual basis, you will only be charged a reinstatement fee if you allow your membership to fully lapse prior to renewing.

Q. Are there different membership levels?

A. Yes, PRSA National offers multiple membership levels depending on your number of years in the field. To learn more, visit

Q. Do you ever offer any discounts?

A. Yes, occasionally PRSA National and your local PRSA Chapter will offer deals and discounts. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or check the blog frequently to learn when and how you can access these discounts.

Q. How do I join?

A. Visit and select your appropriate membership category to join today. 

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