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FAQs: IEEE-SA Membership

Find out more about the benefits of IEEE-SA membership.


Why join the IEEE-SA and how do I do so?
IEEE-SA members are the driving force behind the development of standards, providing technical expertise and innovation, global participation, and dedication to ongoing advancement and promotion of new concepts.

Membership enables you to contribute to and influence this important work while connecting you with a network of industry experts from a wide range of technical areas.

Joining the IEEE-SA is easy. Simply determine which IEEE-SA membership is right for you and join right online through our site. (Back to top)

What is the difference between IEEE and IEEE-SA membership?
IEEE membership external link provides access to cutting-edge information, networking opportunities, and exclusive member benefits. They help build a platform to introduce technology careers to young people around the world.

The IEEE-SA an activity area of IEEE focused on the development of internationally recognized standards. IEEE-SA Membership enables you to have direct influence on the outcome of standards projects through balloting privileges and ongoing involvement and participation. (Back to top)

Who is eligible for IEEE-SA membership?
Individuals, including IEEE members of any grade, IEEE Society affiliates, or non-IEEE members who are actively involved in standards development are eligible for IEEE-SA Individual membership.

Corporations, government agencies, trade associations, user groups, universities, and other standards developing organizations that want to actively participate in standards development (ex: participation in a standards working group or standards balloting group) are eligible for IEEE-SA Corporate membership.(Back to top)

Are there dues to become an IEEE-SA member? Do IEEE Life Members have to pay dues to join the IEEE-SA?
Yes, the amount is dependent on which type of membership you chose. Visit our membership area to see the most up-to-date pricing and to apply for membership.

IEEE Life Members are required to pay the dues necessary to join the IEEE-SA. After paying IEEE-SA dues for five years, they do not have to pay any longer. (Back to top)

As an IEEE or IEEE-SA member, do I gain access to IEEE standards? Do I receive a discount on standards related products?
IEEE/IEEE-SA membership does not give you access to standards or standards drafts, although it does entitle you to a discount on the purchase of standards and standards related products.

The cost of the standard is payment for intellectual property as well as the time and resources contributed to the facilitation of the standard's development. Member discounts are listed with regular pricing in the IEEE Shop.

For access to standards drafts please query the working group directly for permission to view their drafts.(Back to top)

Do I have to be a member to participate in a working group or to ballot on a developing standard?
Participation is open to everyone but as an IEEE-SA member you can lead groups and ballot on an unlimited number of developing standards. If you prefer not to join the IEEE-SA standards development community, then you pay a per-ballot fee. (Back to top)

Can individual and corporate members ballot on the same standards projects?
No, we currently offer individual-based ballots or corporate-level ballots only.(Back to top)

How can I be sure that I will be included in the ballots I am interested in?
Once you have submitted the IEEE-SA membership application and have received your member number from us you can log into the myBallot™ system external link to begin participating. Within the myBallot system, select all the invitation pools that you are interested in.

Once a standards project is ready to form a balloting group, you will be sent an invitation to ballot. At that time, you can decide whether you wish to ballot on that project or not. Ballots that are already in progress cannot add additional balloters. (Back to top)

What are my voting privileges for the annual election for IEEE-SA governance?
IEEE-SA Individual members who also are IEEE voting members may vote for the IEEE-SA President, IEEE-SA President-Elect and for the eight IEEE-SA Board of Governors Members-at-Large.

IEEE-SA Individual members who are NOT IEEE voting members may vote for the eight IEEE-SA Board of Governors Members-at-Large.

IEEE-SA Corporate members may vote for the eight IEEE-SA Board of Governors Members-at-Large. (Back to top)

Can I renew my IEEE-SA membership at the same time as my IEEE and/or society memberships?
Yes when prompted for renewal, please indicate which memberships you plan on renewing at that time. If you experience trouble renewing for any reason contact IEEE Member Services directly at +1 800 678 4333 (US); +1 732 981 0060 (worldwide), or via email.(Back to top)

How do I change my contact information?
You can manage, update or change your membership information online through IEEE external link. (Back to top)

Is my membership information used for outside solicitation?
No the IEEE-SA does not and will not use membership information for non-IEEE-SA solicitation. The IEEE-SA will, from time to time, send important information about new programming in IEEE standards development in order to maximize the value of your membership.

Problems with solicitation should be directed to Member Services, +1 800 678 IEEE (4333) or via email.(Back to top)