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Membership in Chi Sigma Iota, as specified in the CSI Bylaws, is by chapter invitation to both students and graduates of the chapters' counselor education program who meet the membership eligibility criteria specified in the Society's bylaws.

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 CSI 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 initiation ceremony that is arranged by the chapter. Certificates of membership and recognition pins are sent to Chapter Faculty Advisors (CFAs) to be distributed during the formal initiation ceremony.


Online Application Process

Individuals who receive a letter of invitation to membership from their chapter may complete the online New Member Registration and submit payment online. (Note: The New Member Registration and payment must be submitted at the same time. New Member Registrations submitted without payment are not able to be processed or saved.)

Applicants should ensure that names and other information (i.e., chapter name and institution) are spelled and/or selected correctly within the New Member Registration to ensure that membership profiles, certificates, and other information are accurate. Please note, information that appears in a member profile, on a membership certificate, etc. is verbatim what is entered by applicants within the New Member Registration.

Applicants should notify their Chapter Faculty Advisor (CFA) or appropriate chapter officer when they submit their application and payment. Applications are processed by CSI Headquarters when a CFA approves an applicant for membership. After an application is approved by a CFA, the member may access member benefits, including the online CSI Store.

If you have applied for CSI membership through the CSI website and have not yet been approved or declined for membership by your CFA, please contact your advisor directly since CSI Headquarters does not control this chapter-specific process.

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 previously been an approved and initiated member of CSI but let your membership expire, you may renew your membership.

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Membership and Renewal Dues

CSI International New Member Dues (paid to CSI International): $50

CSI International Renewal Dues (paid to CSI International): $40 for one year, $75 for two years (save $5), $110 for three years (save $10)


CSI must apply an additional $25 fee to cover bank charges incurred by the Society for any returned check.

CSI chapters may charge chapter dues, payable directly to the chapter. CSI policy requires that chapter dues for new members may not exceed 50% of dues for CSI International.

Initiation Certificates

All new members will receive a membership certificate during their chapter initiation ceremony. Participation in the initiation ceremony and taking the CSI Oath oath during the initiation ceremony are required for full membership into Chi Sigma Iota (i.e., eligibility for all benefits such as awards, research grants, contest entries, poster sessions). Membership certificates are sent directly to the Chapter Faculty Advisor (CFA) to be distributed during the initiation 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 chapter initiation if you were unable to attend the first initiation ceremony for which you were eligible. If your membership certificate cannot be found or you lost your certificate, you may order an individual replacement initiation certificate through our online store to be mailed to you.


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