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Types of Membership

There are basically two types of membership in APWA – Individual or Group. APWA's current membership categories, criteria, and benefits are listed below or you may review the quick reference Benefits Comparison Chart .

Local Chapter Membership and Chapter Dues

APWA membership automatically includes one year of membership in your local APWA or CPWA chapter. Chapter assignment is determined by the member's mailing address; this is referred to as your Primary Chapter. All APWA chapters are part of the national association, therefore it is not possible to attain membership at the chapter level only. The "Chapters" page contains quick links to chapter websites where you will find more information about local events and activities. Local Chapter Dues and Participating at other chapters

Branches and Branch Dues

Some chapters cover large jurisdictions and have formed branches to bring educational and networking opportunities to an even more specific geographic area. These branches operate under the oversight of the local chapter. Branch Dues 

If you have any questions, please contact our membership team at 800-848-2792 or

Individual Member types

Individual Membership Types

Individual membership is available to any official or employee of a governmental agency, manufacturer, supplier, contractor, or consulting firm who is actively engaged in the field of public works.  There are four types of individual membership: Individual, Student Individual, Retired Individual, and Life Individual.

Group Membership types
Group Membership Types

On group memberships only the people named as rostered members receive member benefits.  Groups will receive one consolidated renewal notice with a member roster attached. Groups may add or drop members from the roster throughout the year, if necessary (does not apply to Student Groups). There is no maximum group roster size, see application for Additional Rostered Members fee. There are 4 types of group membership: Student Group, Public Agency Group, One-Call Center/System Group, and Corporate Group.

APWA Diversity Statement:
The American Public Works Association recognizes, appreciates and fosters the synergy which is created when the work environment values the differences in individuals and practices inclusiveness and open communication.