How to Become a Member

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Joining PRSA Bluegrass Chapter gives you the opportunity to connect with other public relations professionals in and around Louisville. In addition to Bluegrass Chapter Member Benefits, your membership to the national PRSA organization will provide:

  • profitable networking opportunities
  • discounts on monthly luncheons, workshops, publications and more
  • subscriptions to The Public Relations Strategist and Public Relations Tactics
  • job search assistance
  • leadership opportunities
  • access to the PRSA library of home study courses and audio/visual materials

To become a member of the Bluegrass Chapter, you must first join the national PRSA organization. Apply online at the national PRSA chapter website.

PRSA membership is individual. To qualify for membership, you must devote a substantial portion of time (at least 50%) to the paid professional practice of public relations or to the teaching or administration of a public relations curriculum in an accredited college or university and adhere to the Member Code of Ethics.

If you are currently unemployed, a prior position held within the last five years must meet the above requirement, or one of the following: you hold a degree in Public Relations; you hold another academic degree program which meets the standards for a PRSSA charter; you hold PRSA certification for Education in Public Relations or you have achieved accreditation in Public Relations.

You may join as a Member or as an Associate Member. Members and Associates receive the same benefits. PRSA membership is not transferable unless joining as a group; see below for details.

Member (M) 
Two or more years of experience in public relations. $255 annual dues, plus one-time initiation fee of $65.

Associate Member
One to two years of experience in public relations. After one year of membership at this level, members are automatically upgraded to Member. $155 annual dues.

Associate Member
Less than one year experience in public relations. After one year of membership,  members are automatically upgraded to the next level of Associate Member. $115 annual dues.

Associate Member, PRSSA Graduate (AMPG)
You must be an active PRSSA member at the time of graduation. Your application must be submitted within two years of graduating or up to five months before graduation. AMPG Members are automatically upgraded to Member after two years of membership. $60 annual dues.

Associate Member, Graduate Student (AMGS)
You must be enrolled full time in an advanced degree program for the purpose of teaching or practicing public relations. Proof of full-time matriculation must be submitted with your application. You may remain an AMGS member for a maximum of six years, as long as you are a full-time student. $60 annual dues.

Group Membership
Groups of eight or more individuals from the same organization receive special benefits and discounted rates on first-year dues. Benefits available only to groups include one annual invoice and the transferability of memberships. Although a group membership may include current members, at least six members of the group must be new to PRSA or lapsed members of more than one year. Group members may be in various locales. Each group member receives all PRSA member benefits. For more information, please e-mail

Annual dues for the Bluegrass PRSA chapter are $55.

For local assistance or more information, please contact Amanda Lambert at