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Frequently Asked Questions

 Q.  How do I join?

Complete the on-line membership application and submit. 

Q.  How much are membership dues?

RWHRMA membership dues are $40 annually.

Q.  What is your membership calendar year?

All of our memberships are based on a calendar year, which is January 1-December 31.

Q.  Do you have company memberships?

No, we do not.  RWHRMA offers memberships on an individual basis only.

Q.  What type of membership is right for me?

Professional – HRCI certified, or 3yrs + as exempt level HR practitioner, consultant, employment law attorney, or HR professor

General – exempt level, but has not obtained 3 yrs at that level

Associate – non-exempt or vested interest in the HR profession
Student – member of an affiliate student chapter
Honorary – Past president or HR retiree


Professional members are eligible to vote and hold an elected officer position. General members are eligible to vote and hold an appointed director position.    Honorary members have voting priveileges only.  Associate members do not have voting privileges.

Q.  Do I have to have my SHRM membership before I apply for RWHRMA membership?

Yes, you do.  Because RWHRMA is a 100% chapter, all chapter members are required to be SHRM members.  Your SHRM number is required on our membership application.

Q.  How do I apply for SHRM membership?

You may apply for SHRM membership by visiting their membership center.

Q.  May I use someone else's SHRM number to join RWHRMA?

No.  Doing so would be in violation of both SHRM's and RWHRMA's Code of Ethics. 

Q.  Why do I have to be a member of SHRM?

RWHRMA is a 100% chapter, which means that all RWHRMA members are required to be members of SHRM.  This designation indicates the chapter's increased level of commitment and support of the HR profession.

Q.  What is the RWHRMA Chapter number?

The chapter number for RWHRMA is 0132.

Q.  What payment methods are available for new membership?

You may pay by credit card or check.  If you pay by check, please be sure to print your email acknowledgment and send it along with your payment.  In addition, if you use a company check, please make sure your name is listed on the check so that we will know where to apply the payment.

Q.  May I attend meetings before I join?

You may attend our meetings as a guest prior to joining the chapter. 

Q.  When will I find out about my membership application status?

Membership applications are reviewed at our monthly board meetings, which are held the first Wednesday of every month.  The Membership Administrator will notify you once your membership has been approved by the RW Board. 

Q.  May I prepay for lunch meetings when I pay my membership dues?

This option is not available for new members.  It is available for existing members at renewal time only.

Q.  Where do I send payment for membership?

Membership payment is sent to:

PO Box 31432
Raleigh, NC  27622

Q.  When do I renew my membership?

Renewal is now easier than ever! Any time you make a membership transaction (joining or renewing), your account will be updated to auto-renew on 1/1 of the following year. The most recent card used will be charged for the same membership transaction type (membership only or membership + advance payment of meetings). If you wish to change the transaction type or card on file, you may do so by logging into, accessing your member profile (link at top right of page), and accessing the invoices > dues section.  New members who have been approved for membership in October, November and December will have their dues applied through December of the following year. 

Q.  Who may I contact if I have other questions about membership?

Contact our Membership Administrator for further information.

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