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The Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) is dedicated to the continuous enhancement of human resources through networking, learning, and advocacy. We serve the human resources industry with 17 locations in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura. As the largest affiliate of the Society for Human Resources Management chapter, PIHRA represents more than 4,000 individual members. 

One way PIHRA encourages the growth and development of future leaders in Human Resources is by partnering with campuses across Southern California. PIHRA’s Student Chapter affiliate pages and contact information are on the adjacent menu. To inquire about establishing a PIHRA Student Chapter on your campus, contact membership@pihra.org

Kick Start Your HR Career: Get a PIHRA Student Membership!

PIHRA student membership  empowers you to experience a community of more than 4,000 PIHRA members throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. A PIHRA student membership provides:
  • Connection with 17 locations in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura and San Bernardino, which provide an excellent forum to network face-to-face with HR professionals, learn about current HR hot topics and hone your leadership skills.
  • Learn about the latest in HR by attending PIHRA monthly location meetings and participating in free monthly webinars.
  • Full access to all of the services and tools, such as sample forms and a Job Description Builder, on pihra.org for your school and work assignments. Plus, our website was recently updated and is now optimized for mobile viewing.
  • Opportunities for scholarships to support students’ education through various programs including "You and Your First Job."
  • Recognition for outstanding student contributions in membership, volunteerism, and leadership.
  • Reduced prices for PIHRA location monthly meetings, annual conferences, HR certification courses and other events.
  • Full use of the HR Career Center with internships and full time positions within the human resources field.

Join as a PIHRA student member today!

PIHRA’s Student Membership is Designed to Suit your Needs

PIHRA recognizes that students completing course work in Human Resources or in a related field are the future leaders in the Human Resources arena.  We need you! 

We are delighted to offer the Student Membership as an annual membership (12 months).  The guidelines related to the Student Membership are described at length in the Student Membership Guidelines (please see link below). 

At PIHRA, we also recognize that many scenarios exists for students who are attending school and/or completing a HR-related course.  As such, we are currently offering students who do not completely meet the student membership eligibility requirements (noted immediately below) to receive a $50 discount on the prevailing PIHRA membership fees.   Please contact PIHRA at 310-416-1210 or membership@pihra.org for more information about the discount for part-time students.

Student Membership Eligibility

1.      Must be a freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student in an accredited college or university.
2.      Enrolled in a minimum of 8 units under the quarter system, or 6 units at an under the semester system.
3.      Academic course work must have a Human Resources emphasis or be closely related.
4.      Unemployed or working 20 hours or less per week, not receiving benefits.
5.      Proof of Eligibility:
             a.   Submit Current class schedule. 
             b.   Signed Faculty approval form.
6.      Payment of $30 for Student Membership. 

Part-Time Student Discount Eligibility

An example of an individual who may not completely meet the student membership requirements is someone who is enrolled in a Human Resources course at an accredited college or university.  Below are some guidelines that we use to determine if an individual is eligible for the part-time student discount. 

1.      Must be enrolled in a minimum of one course at an accredited college or university.
2.      Program course work must have a Human Resources emphasis or be closely related.
3.      Proof of Eligibility:
             a.   Submit Current class schedule. 
             b.   Signed Faculty approval form.
4.     Payment of PIHRA Membership minus $50 discount. 

Join as a PIHRA student member today!

Student-to-Professional Membership Program

Are you graduating soon? Become a Professional or General PIHRA Member.  Get the job of your dreams.  Impress your boss.  Continue to grow as a leader. 

Save $55 and upgrade to a Professional or General Member today!

PIHRA student members who are graduating may upgrade to professional membership at a special discounted rate of $95, regularly $150.

Become a Professional Member Now.   

Whether you’re starting your first job or already working in the HR field, you'll be able to utilize PIHRA's resources to enhance your career. 

Below are 5 steps that will guarantee you fully take advantage of your PIHRA professional membership.

STEP 1.  Network with your community of HR peers (and receive re-certification credits) by attending PIHRA monthly meetings.   Find a monthly Location meeting near you on our PIHRA calendar.  
STEP 2.  Plan your professional development schedule and attend PIHRA continuing education sessions at member discounted rates.
STEP 3.  Take advantage of some of our exclusive member-only resources:

      o   Ask an HR Advisor provides members with 10 calls or two hours of live HR advice each year.
      o   HR Compliance Center is an award-winning resource center of HR tools, including a job description builder and a downloadable employee handbook.

STEP 4.  Kick-start your SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP exam preparation.  Attend exam preparation courses at pihra.org/hrcertification. 
STEP 5.  Access our website oftenwww.pihra.org; it's your one-stop shop for networking, events and resources.

To read more about all of the opportunities and the information related to PIHRA student memberships, please click on the links below.


Download the Student Membership Application 
Download the Student Membership Guidelines  
Download the Student Membership Faculty Approval Form  
Student Membership Benefits   
Part-Time Student Membership Application
Part-Time Student Membership Faculty Approval Form   
Student to Professional Transition Program 
Student to Professional Transition Invoice



Student Membership FAQs
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Contact Us

Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA)
1515 W 190th St, Ste 530
Gardena, CA 90248
+1(310) 416-1210
Fax +1(310) 416-9055