Regular Membership Categories
Full Member: Any person who has a bachelor's degree from a
regionally accredited college or university and five full-time years of
applicable experience in human factors work shall be eligible to become a Full
Member of the Society. Appropriate academic degrees beyond the bachelor's
degree may be substituted in part for work experience up to a total of four
years. Interpretation of applicable academic degrees and work experience shall
be made by the Membership Admissions Committee. For exceptional applicants, the
requirement for a bachelor's degree may be waived by a three-fourths vote of
the full Executive Council.
Go to Application.
Associate Member: Any person who has two years of full-time, relevant
experience in the human factors/ergonomics field and is active in the human
factors/ergonomics field shall be eligible to become an Associate of the
Society. Go to Application.
Affiliate Member: Any person who is interested in the human factors
field, but who does not qualify for Full Member or Associate status, shall be
eligible to become an Affiliate of the Society. Affiliate Members may serve on
appointed committees and are entitled to publications and discounts but may not
vote, hold office, or represent themselves as full Members of the Society.
Go to Application.
Student Member Category
Student Affiliate Member: Any person who is enrolled as a full-time
undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited college or university shall be eligible to become a Student Affiliate of the
Society. Student Affiliate membership requires an endorser: a faculty member
from the student's institution.
Go to Application.
Early Career Category for Student Members
Transitional Associate Member: HFES offers reduced Regular membership dues for Student Affiliate Members who have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree. The special rate applies for two years following graduation. Only Student Affiliate Members in good standing are eligible; there is no application for Transitional Associate Membership.
Special Membership Categories
Contributing Member: ($293) Members who wish to
support HFES by voluntarily increasing their Regular dues payment by 50% are designated as Contributing Affiliates, Associates, or Full Members (depending on the Regular membership category). Contributing Members are acknowledged in the HFES Directory & Yearbook.
Supporting Member: ($390) Members who wish to support HFES by voluntarily increasing their Regular dues payment by 100% are designated as Supporting Affiliates, Associates, or Full Members (depending on the Regular membership category). Supporting Members are acknowledged in the HFES Directory & Yearbook.
Sustaining Member: ($900) Any person, corporation, or organization that
contributes to the Society an amount prescribed by the Executive Council shall
be eligible to become a Sustaining Member of the Society. Sustaining membership
is open to individuals for a minimum fee. Corporate sustaining membership is
available to companies interested in supporting the profession and the Society.
Go to the Sustaining Membership Page.
Emeritus Member: ($70) Those who have been Full Members and Fellows
in the Society for at least the preceding 10 years, who are over 60 (or under
60 and disabled), and who no longer derive their principal income from the
practice of human factors are invited to apply for Emeritus Membership. For a
one-time payment, Emeritus Members receive the HFES Bulletin free of charge and
receive substantial discounts on other HFES periodicals.
Organizational Membership: Companies, institutions, government agencies, or other types of private and public entities may request an invoice to cover any number of individual memberships under the umbrella of their organization. Payment for individual membership(s) under this plan does not brand the organization as a member of the Society.
For additional information on sustaining, Emeritus, and organizational memberships and their benefits, please contact
the HFES Director of Member Services at HFES Headquarters.