Membership Categories

1. Professionals: Individuals that have been or are currently fully engaged in human resource management.

2. Professional Partners:

  • Individuals whose career path has covered traditional HR functions and whose position or business directly flowed or flows to or from an organization’s HR function (e.g. compensation, benefits, diversity, recruitment, safety and training). Employment activities typically include but not limited to: consulting, outplacement, HRIS, temporary services, payroll services, benefit services, legal services, and recruiting.   Full time attorneys must belong to firms that represent management solely. 
  • Individuals who have been or are involved in business management and who have a vested interest in developing and maintaining a strong knowledge of human resource functions.  Employment activities typically include but are not limited to: business ownership and operations management. 
  • Individuals who have been or are actively engaged in non-profit, university, or governmental education/training fields or other agencies that provide human resource related services. Examples include career development directors with colleges, employment specialists with non-profit placement services, and state Department of Employment and Workforce officials. Individuals in this sub-category employed by non-profits may pay the Professional annual dues rate.
  • Faculty members holding assistant or full professor rank in a human resources curriculum. 
  • Full-time human resources consultants whose work consists of providing contract strategic, operational, and administrative human resource services to companies and whose scope of work with contracting companies involves all functions relating to the practice of human resources. In order to be classified as a human resources consultant under the Professional category of membership status, the member or candidate for membership must be certified by SHRM or other recognized authority associated within the human resources field.

3. Retirees and Lifetime Members: Individuals who are retired from active full-time employment in the human resource profession.  Individuals that are designated as honorary lifetime members via Board of Directors approval. Such members will be responsible for payment of meal costs at meetings they attend but will not pay annual dues. Retired members and Lifetime members may vote and hold office in the Chapter.

4. Students: Students enrolled in an accredited college or university where the course of study’s primary emphasis is human resources. Student members may not vote or hold office in the Chapter.  Student members may serve on the Board if appointed by the President, but only in a non-voting advisory capacity.


Qualification for Membership: The qualifications for membership in the Chapter shall be as stated in Sections 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 of this Article. To achieve the mission of GSHRM there shall be no discrimination in individual memberships because of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, color, national origin, disability, or veteran status or any other classification protected by law. Memberships are individual and are not transferable to other individuals. GSHRM reserves the right to deny or cancel a membership when such membership may pose a conflict of interest with GSHRM’s objectives. GSHRM will strive to exceed the SHAPE requirement for the national SHRM membership percentage.

Application for Membership: Application for membership shall be made in a format acceptable to GSHRM. Individuals applying for membership must meet the requirements of at least one category of membership.

Membership Selection: Applicants seeking membership in GSHRM must complete the membership application and self-select their appropriate membership category from a list of eligible membership categories. Eligible applicants will be invited to join GSHRM. Once dues payment is received, applicants will receive confirmation of their membership and will be invited to attend the next scheduled New Member Orientation.

Termination of Membership: An individual’s membership in GSHRM may be terminated for good cause by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors. In addition, any member may petition the Board of Directors for revocation of a member’s GSHRM membership for good cause.

Solicitation: There shall be no solicitation, either orally or through printed material, during GSHRM meetings or social hour except for the social sponsor(s) hosting the specific meeting and any other GSHRM-sanctioned business or activity. No member may use the GSHRM Membership Directory for purposes of solicitation or providing information about their organization. Members determined to be soliciting by a Board of Directors investigation will be subject to administrative action up to and including expulsion from membership without a refund of dues. There is no re-application period for expelled members.

According to Bylaws as approved by SHRM and ratified by the membership on 9/5/17