Ineligible for Life Membership? ASHA members, beware: You may be denied “Life Membership” in our professional organization if you ever make the unfortunate mistake of selecting the category “certified nonmember” when renewing your dues. That’s exactly what I did to save $26/year during several lean years as a single mother with a daughter in ... Inbox
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Ineligible for Life Membership?
The ASHA Leader, September 2014, Vol. 19, 6. doi:10.1044/leader.IN4.19092014.6
The ASHA Leader, September 2014, Vol. 19, 6. doi:10.1044/leader.IN4.19092014.6
ASHA members, beware: You may be denied “Life Membership” in our professional organization if you ever make the unfortunate mistake of selecting the category “certified nonmember” when renewing your dues. That’s exactly what I did to save $26/year during several lean years as a single mother with a daughter in college. At that time, ASHA membership benefits, including access to journals, professional development and networking opportunities, were all fortunately met by my employer. I therefore opted to save whatever money I could, as little as it was.
If the renewal form had provided more specific information (“If you select this category, you will become ineligible for Life Member status”), I would certainly have paid the additional dues. So now, at age 66 and after maintaining certification for more than 25 years, I am not eligible to be a “Life Member.” I am, however, eligible to change my certification status to “CCC-SLP (Retired).” And, with that status, I am able to renew my dues under the category “member without certification.” Somehow, that designation doesn’t feel quite right after a lifetime of CCCs.
If any of this doesn’t make sense to you, please know it doesn’t make sense to me, either. I share this story to help young people entering our profession avoid making the same mistake. And with some luck, another positive result might be the provision of more detailed information on ASHA’s “Online Dues Renewal” website. A final thought: Isn’t it ironic that our profession is all about improving communication?
Mary Randolph, Easton, Connecticut

Thank you for your feedback. Life Membership is available to current ASHA members who are at least 65 at the time of application and have at least 25 consecutive years of ASHA membership. Certificate-holders who choose not to be members are, of course, ineligible for member benefits, but are eligible for the benefits of certification.

2 Comments
December 19, 2015
Lauren Merriman
Certification w/out membership
Thank you for posting this comment. I too was considering paying only for the certification in order not to lose my CCC's but somehow think I can survive w/out being a "member'. In looking at the different membership/certification options, I noticed the Lifetime Member and had the same question of eligibility. However, it seems just like ASHA to make the designation that you must have paid the most money possible to them for 25 yrs in order to glean the benefit of a lower price not only after working for 25 yrs but reaching the age of 65. If one does the math, most SLPs start working in mid-20s age range, I myself was 26, so most people would be in their early 50s after 25 yrs consecutive work in the field. But no, you must wait continue to pay $225 (or whatever the rate will be) for 10+ more years until you reach age 65. So, I will be calling ASHA on Monday to get a verbal answer about the difference in certification with and w/out membership and the ramifications on later membership/cert options. But I will not be surprised if I find out the same answer as you did. To quote Hamlet, something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
December 23, 2015
Mike Skiados
Life Membership
Thank you for your comments and for being part of ASHA. Life Membership is available to current ASHA members who are at least 65 at the time of application and have at least 25 consecutive years of ASHA membership. You are correct, being a certificate-holder without membership would cause a break in your continuous years of membership, which would result in you being ineligible for Life Membership under the current requirements. I welcome the opportunity to discuss ASHA membership benefits (http://www.asha.org/Members/benefits/) and options with you at your convenience. Mike Skiados, CAE, Director, Membership, mskiados@asha.org.
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