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Membership in Chi Sigma Iota, as specified in the Bylaws, is by chapter invitation to both students and graduates of the chapters' counselor education programs. Students must have completed at least one semester of full-time graduate coursework in a counselor education degree program, have earned a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 system, and be recommended for membership by the chapter, including promise for a capacity to represent the best about professional counseling through appropriate professional behavior, ethical judgment, emotional maturity, and attitudes conducive to working to advocate for wellness and human dignity for all. Faculty and alumni of the program shall have met the overall G.P.A. requirement as graduates of a counselor education program and be recommended to CSI by the chapter. The primary identity of these persons shall be as professional counselors, including evidence of a state or national credential as a professional counselor.

While Headquarters will acknowledge receipt of the application and payment with a welcoming notice, full-fledged membership into the Society takes place at a formal oath taking ceremony arranged by the chapter. Certificates of membership and recognition pins are distributed in this manner.

Online Application Process

Individuals receiving a letter of invitation to membership from their chapter may complete the online New Member Registration. The Chapter Faculty Advisor (CFA) or appropriate chapter officer should be notified that the application has been submitted. Applications are processed when approval is received from the CFA. Certificates and pins are sent to CFAs for distribution during formal initiation ceremonies during which the CSI Oath is administered.

If you have previously been an approved member of CSI but let your membership has expired, you may renew your account rather than creating a new one. If you need assistance accessing your previous account, you may contact

Renewal Requests

Renewals may be completed online; a renewal link will be available in a member's profile within 90 days of expiration. If you have questions, please contact

Membership and Renewal Fees

New member: $50
Renewal: $40 for one year, $75 for two years (save $5), $110 for three years (save $10)

Please note that there is an additional $25 fee for a returned check.

Initiation Certificates

All new members will receive an initiation certificate during their chapter initiation ceremony. The initiation ceremony and oath is required for full membership into Chi Sigma Iota (i.e., eligibility for all benefits such as awards, research grants, contest entries, poster sessions). Certificates are sent directly to the Chapter Faculty Advisor (CFA) in preparation for the ceremony.

If you never received your membership certificate from your chapter, please contact the CFA to see if they still have it. Chapters may hold the certificate until the next initiation if you were unable to attend the first one for which you were eligible. If it cannot be found or you have lost it, you may consider ordering an individual replacement initiation certificate through our online store and we will get it to you immediately.


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