FAQ: Career Starter Dues

What is the Career Starter Dues Program?
Career Starter Dues is the automatic way for you to save 50% (up to $270) off your dues in your first year postgraduation. For limited-time, members 2-4 years postgraduation save 40%, 30%, or 20% on national dues and participating chapter dues.

  • Career Starter Dues savings in the first year postgraduation continue unchanged.
  • First Year Post-Graduation

     
  • APTA is offering a limited-time pilot opportunity for members 2-4 years postgraduation to save on membership renewal. The pilot began with April 2014 renewals.
  • Second Year Postgraduation

    Third Year Postgraduation

    Fourth Year Postgraduation

    40% off national & participating chapter dues

    30% off national & participating chapter dues

    20% off national & participating chapter dues

Is my chapter participating in the Career Starter Dues pilot?
APTA and all chapters participate in the current Career Starter Dues program and offer 50% off national and chapter dues for members in their first year postgraduation.

Each year, chapters will be invited to enroll, re-enroll, or discontinue its participation in the limited-time pilot opportunity for members 2-4 years postgraduation. APTA and the participating chapters below have chosen to participate in the career starter dues pilot for members 2-4 years postgraduation during 2014.

Arkansas

Michigan

Oregon

California

Missouri

Tennessee

Idaho

Montana

Utah

Indiana

Nevada

Washington

Kentucky

New Hampshire

Wisconsin

Louisiana

New York

Wyoming

Maryland

North Carolina

 

Massachusetts

Ohio

 

 

What do I need to do to receive Career Starter Dues savings at my next renewal?
Nothing! Your hard copy and online membership renewal form will automatically reflect the appropriate Career Starter Dues savings, if you're eligible. Refunds for prior renewals will not be provided.

How do I know if I'm eligible for Career Starter Dues savings?

  • Make sure that your APTA student membership is active at graduation.
  • Maintain continuous APTA membership postgraduation.

What's the cost to renew my APTA membership?
Use the APTA Dues Calculator to estimate your national, chapter, and optional section dues before Career Starter Dues savings are applied. Your renewal notice will indicate career starter dues savings, if you're eligible. Note: Career Starter Dues savings do not apply to section dues.

I graduated from PT/PTA school in 2012; will I qualify for Career Starter Dues savings at my next renewal in 2014?
Yes, as long as you've been an APTA member continuously since your last year as a student PT or PTA through now.

My chapter is not participating in the pilot; can I join a different chapter?

No, members are required to belong to the chapter of the state in which they live, work, or attend school (or an adjacent state if more active participation is possible).

What happens if I move and my new chapter isn't participating in the pilot? Am I still eligible for Career Starter Dues savings?
Eligible Career Starter Dues members will continue to save 50% off national and chapter dues first year postgraduation. If your new chapter doesn't participate in the limited-time pilot for members 2-4 years postgraduation, appropriate Career Starter Dues savings will still apply to your national dues; however, chapter dues would be full.

Note: When relocating to a new state, members can switch chapter affiliation at any point during their current membership term or at renewal.

I was a student member in the past; however, my membership expired before graduation. Am I still eligible for Career Starter Dues savings?
No, to qualify for Career Starter Dues savings, your APTA student membership must have been current at graduation.

If my membership expires, am I still eligible for Career Starter Dues savings?
No, continuous membership is required to qualify for subsequent phase(s) of Career Starter Dues savings.

Note: Student members at graduation have up to 6 months from their student expiration date to renew and still maintain eligibility for Career Starter Dues savings.

I graduated from my PT program in 2011 and earned a postprofessional MBA degree in 2014. Am I eligible for Career Starter Dues savings?
No, Career Starter Dues eligibility is based on the graduation date associated with your entry-level PT or PTA program graduation date, not your postprofessional degree.

Can I use my free registration for APTA's NEXT Conference & Exposition to attend Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) or participate in the NEXT Virtual Conference?
No, your free registration can be applied only toward the in-person NEXT Conference & Exposition that occurs during your first year postgraduation.

I'm completing a residency/fellowship and receive the postgraduate student dues rate. Am I eligible for Career Starter Dues savings on top of those savings?
No, Career Starter Dues savings are only applicable to full dues membership options.

I've completed my residency/fellowship and received the postgraduate student dues rate. Am I eligible for Career Starter Dues savings at my next renewal?
No, members must choose either postgraduate student dues or career starter dues savings postgraduation.

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