Any student who is benefiting from TSA services and materials must be an active member of TSA. For example, if TSA materials are being used in a classroom, then all students in that class must be rostered TSA members. Alternatively, all students who participate in a before or after school TSA chapter must be rostered TSA members.
Once a TSA chapter’s affiliation is complete, the chapter advisor will receive an automated email with instructions on how to access their chapter site. The competitive event guides are housed under the Total TSA tab on the chapter advisor dashboard. TSA chapter affiliation is complete when payment or an approved purchase order is received by the national TSA office.
Credit card payment is preferred and will ensure immediate chapter affiliation. Paying by check through a purchase order may take up to several weeks to process. To expedite chapter affiliation if paying by check, send a scanned copy of the check to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to it being sent to national TSA.
Red CAP is TSA’s minimum level of membership and pays for up to 10 members. TSA chapters may affiliate as a Red CAP with fewer than ten members and add up to 10 members during the year at no additional cost. This allows chapters to have access to TSA materials to support and enhance their career and technical education (CTE) curriculum and enrich student engagement.
If a TSA chapter is unsure of how many members it will have for the school year, it should affiliate with the minimum number of interested students. Students may be added throughout the year, and an invoice will be generated at the time they are added.
Please note, once a student member is added to the TSA chapter roster, they are a TSA member for the year, and their name may not be removed or replaced with another student's name.
TSA chapter advisors can add members at any time throughout the year by logging into their chapter site, and selecting Add Members on the dashboard page. When a Red CAP chapter adds members beyond 10, it is automatically converted to a White CAP chapter, and an invoice will be generated for the additional members. Blue CAP chapters may add members at any time at no additional cost.
When a TSA chapter affiliates, there is a national $10 advisor fee for all registered advisors, plus any applicable state advisor fees. If an advisor serves at more than one school, the advisor fee will be charged per chapter. The TSA chapter advisor must be a registered state-certified educator (typically, the school technology and engineering teacher).
Schools may have more than one TSA chapter provided that the chapters represent different levels—middle school and high school. Separate membership dues must be paid for each TSA chapter. Once affiliated, TSA chapters only have access to the competitive events guide for their level.
TSA does not exclude homeschooled students from becoming TSA members. However, membership in TSA is strictly through school-affiliated chapters in a local, state-registered education district. Home-schooled students may join one TSA chapter in their community with the approval of the school’s administration.
For the 2020-2021 school year an online school (a school without a "brick and mortar" building) may affiliate a TSA chapter with full membership privileges, however, online schools may only compete virtually. An online school which affiliates a Red, White or Blue CAP chapter is limited to having 1000 members.
In order for TSA chapters to qualify for priority membership, they must affiliate by November 20, 2020. Priority membership TSA chapters receive a gold seal affiliation certificate, a small gift as a token of appreciation, and uninterrupted membership service.
TSA chapters may affiliate at any time throughout the school year. Affiliated chapters may add members at any time during the year. However, many states have affiliation deadlines in order to compete at state TSA conferences.