Join PIHRA Today!

PIHRA is where YOU get connected with the most consistent, easily accessible HR professional development and the largest, local HR community in the nation! Plus much more. Check out our membership benefits at pihra.org/memberbenefits.

Now you’re probably thinking, “What member type should I select?” Let’s keep it simple! HR professionals with more than 3 years of experience select Professional, others select General. The other member types are self-explanatory. Contact PIHRA Member Services at membership@pihra.org or (424) 329-0200 if you have any questions. Talk soon! 

Not ready to join? Become a subscriber today for free access to our HR Weekly newsletter, Career Center, and Online Learning.

Otherwise, select a membership type below.

PIHRA Main Office:

Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA)

1515 W 190th St
Ste 530
Gardena, CA 90248

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


Membership Dues

PIHRA Membership is $150 for 12 months.

PIHRA Renewal Membership is $125 for 12 months and $75 for those with the In Transition, At Large or Retired Member Type when renewing before expiration date. Renewal discount will not apply after expiration date.

Student membership

Student membership is $30 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 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 and renews on the anniversary date. We do not have corporate memberships at this time.

Membership is portable.

Portability Statement: Membership in PIHRA is portable, which means that if you change employers during the membership year, your PIHRA membership goes with you.

Membership is non-transferable and non-refundable.

PIHRA Membership is individual and cannot be transferred to another person. 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) 329-0200 ext. 810 or email membership@pihra.org. All new members should allow 4 weeks for full access to all member services.



Membership Benefits

HR Weekly e-Newsletter

Career Center Job Alerts



Compliance Library

50-State Handbook Builder

Ask an Advisor Helpline-Unlimited

Enterprise Training-Unlimited



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 $150, 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.


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)



Student Membership Eligibility

At PIHRA, we also recognize that many scenarios exist for students who are attending school and/or completing an HR-related course.

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 to membership@pihra.org
             b.   Signed Faculty approval form to membership@pihra.org.
6.      Payment of $30 for Student Membership.


Student Membership Application
Student Membership Guidelines
Student Membership Faculty Approval Form
Student Membership Benefits Flyer
Student to Professional Transition Program

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

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 unlimited calls to a team of HR experts standing by to answer your questions and provide guidance.
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.  Career and internship support through CareerArc Your Next Step.



Student to Professional Transition Program  

Frequently Asked Questions

Webpage: Student Membership FAQ
Download Student Membership FAQ


Join as a PIHRA student member today!

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


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