Join PIHRA Today!

To join, use the colorful tiles below to select your member type and then follow the prompts. Membership rates start at $175/year.  Click here for Membership FAQ’s (including pricing) and Quick Links, which include our Membership Policy. 

Over 4,300 HR professionals in Southern California know that PIHRA is the place to SUPER CHARGE your HR. Visit pihra.org/memberbenefits for details.

Not ready to join? Become a subscriber today for free access to our HR Weekly newsletter, monthly Job Flash email, and Online Learning. We would love to hear from you! Don’t hesitate to contact Member Services at (424) 329-0200 or email membership@pihra.org.

PIHRA Main Office:

Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA)

18080 Crenshaw Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90504-9998

P: +1(424) 329-0200
F: +1(310) 416-9055


Membership Dues

PIHRA Membership is $175 for 12 months.

Renewing PIHRA members pay $150 when renewing before their expiration date. There are deeper renewal discounts for members who are In Transition, Retired or At Large. The renewal discount will not apply after expiration. For a detailed review of PIHRA Member Types click here.  

Retired membership

Are you retired or thinking about retiring?  Contact the PIHRA Membership Team at membership@pihra.org or (424) 329-0200 so we can help you get the pricing  that you need to stay connected with your professional community. 

Student membership

Student membership is $35 with proof of student status. Must not work more than 20 hours. Check your eligibility for student status here before joining.

All new members should allow 3-4 weeks for full access to all member services. Please contact membership@pihra.org or (424) 329-0210 if you have questions.



Membership Policy

Membership is individual.

Membership is on an individual basis. All PIHRA memberships renew on the anniversary date. PIHRA now offers an HR Team Membership. Please visit pihra.org/HRTeam for more information about this organization-based membership type.

Membership is portable.

The PIHRA Membership is portable, which means that if you change employers during the membership year, your PIHRA membership goes with you. If you received a membership through your organization as an HR Team Member, you will be allowed to convert it to an individual membership and use it for the time remaining on the membership.

Membership is non-transferable and non-refundable.

PIHRA Membership is individual and cannot be transferred to another person unless it’s included in an HR Team Membership. Your membership will expire one year from creation or renewal on the anniversary date. Once membership dues are paid they cannot be refunded or credited toward future programs or services.

Beyond the valuable benefits listed below, PIHRA membership provides an instant connection to the broader Southern California HR community and dozens of opportunities to build your network at our lively events. You’ll also gain access to member discounts on our entire calendar of professional development programs, designed specifically to keep you in the know and ahead of the curve. For a full list of benefits, click here.. These policies apply to all PIHRA memberships unless otherwise noted in the program materials. Please read all individual program information thoroughly.

For questions regarding membership, contact our office at (424) 329-0210 or email membership@pihra.org. All new members should allow 4 weeks for full access to all member services.



Membership Benefits



Frequently Asked Questions

Paper Application

Paper application available. Note: PIHRA and SHRM Dual Membership is no longer available. Please submit the hardcopy application and payment as indicated on membership application.

Member Types

Please review the PIHRA Membership Types if you have a question regarding which membership type you should select. This document describes in detail the criteria we use to create each member type, and should help you identify which one to select for yourself.


Current members receive a renewal discount of at least $25 off when renewing before the expiration date. If your membership lapses you will be responsible for paying $175, which includes the initial $25 administrative fee.

Are you a SHRM Member?

Did you know that if you designate PIHRA as your local chapter, a portion of your SHRM annual dues are redirected back to PIHRA? These funds are then used to support PIHRA member benefits and events in your local area. What a great way to give back to your HR community. These events provide ways for you to network with your community of HR peers, develop your HR expertise, and earn re-certification credits. To designate PIHRA as your local chapter, please return the completed Primary Chapter Designation Form to PIHRA’s Membership Department, or submit the NEW Electronic Form: PIHRA is Chapter # 0030.

How do I persuade my employer to pay for PIHRA?

We’ve made it simple. Use this customizable Justification Letter  to initiate a conversation with your supervisor about the ongoing professional development you need and how PIHRA can be a valuable contributor to helping you bring the knowledge and ideas your company needs to continue to be successful.


If needed, you can download and print our PIHRA W9.

“As an HR professional, I find an amazing value in my PIHRA Pasadena membership. The array of HR professionals available for support and networking are incredible and the district continually goes above and beyond to find new and creative ways to bring members together and spark discussion and learning on the most current and relevant topics in our field. I count the group as one of my most useful and fun human resources tools and a real business partner to Lawry’s.”

– Tiffany Stith, Director Human Resources (Lawry’s Restaurant, Inc., Pasadena, CA)



PIHRA Student Membership

At PIHRA, we recognize that many scenarios exist for students who are attending school and/or completing an HR-related course. The PIHRA membership is an important first step for you and your HR career.

To help you get started, we suggest you reach out our Emerging Leaders Committee and our College Relations Committee so you can get connected.

Please visit pihra.org/studentfaqs for frequently asked questions regarding the PIHRA Student Membership. Click here to download a PDF of the FAQ’s.


Network with over 4,300 members and stakeholders.

Attend PIHRA continuing education sessions and webinars at member discounted rates.

HR Compliance library of HR tools, including a job description builder and a downloadable employee handbook.

Unlimited calls to PIHRA Live and get answers to your HR and compliance challenges.

Career and internship support through the PIHRA Career Center.


Student Membership: $35

Student Upgrade (current members only upon graduation): $100

Fully Employed Student ($50 off regular rate): $125

For questions contact PIHRA Member Services at membership@pihra.org or (424) 329-0210.

Student Membership Eligibility Requirements

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 to membership@pihra.org
             b.   Signed Faculty approval form to membership@pihra.org.
6.      Payment of $35 for Student Membership.


Student Membership Application
Student Membership Guidelines
Student Membership Benefits Flyer

Student-to-Professional Membership Upgrade

Are you graduating soon? Gain the confidence you need and continue to learn by upgrading to a regular PIHRA membership. Impress your boss while continuing to grow as a leader. Plus, stay qualified and stay current on HR knowledge.

Save $75 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 $100, regularly $175.

Fully-Employed Student Discount Eligibility

An example of an individual who may not completely meet the student membership requirements is an individual who works a full-time job, and is enrolled in a Human Resource course at UCLA Extension.  Below are some guidelines that we use to determine if an individual is eligible for the fully-employed 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. 

Fully-Employed Student Downloads

Fully-Employed Student Membership Application
Fully-Employed Student Membership Faculty Approval Form

Please contact PIHRA Member Services at membership@pihra.org or (424) 329-0210 for more information about the discount for fully-employed students.