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Membership in the Santa Barbara Human Resource Association (SBHRA) provides a number of benefits. We offer professional memberships open to individuals who have a bona fide interest in the field of human resources as defined in the Association Bylaws.

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Individual Membership

SBHRA offers a rolling, individual  membership, meaning your membership expires one year following membership approval or renewal on the anniversary date.  Membership is nontransferable, non-assignable, or nonrefundable. We do not offer shareable, corporate memberships at this time.  


What does this mean?

  • Your membership belongs to you personally. It does NOT belong to your employer, even if your employer elects to pay for the benefit of membership.
  • If you leave employment, your membership will move with you. It will NOT remain with your employer for another employee to use.
  • Your membership is individual and cannot be transferred to another person. Once membership dues are paid, they cannot be refunded or credited toward future programs or services. 

SBHRA reviews all applications for membership and reserves the right to deny membership to those individuals who do not meet membership criteria as specified in Association Bylaws.



Your initial membership requires dues payment plus approval by our Board of Directors before the membership becomes active. The Board of Directors meet on a monthly basis to review and approve member applications. Please allow a duration of  four weeks before your application receives approval. If you'd like to register for one of our events during the time in which your application is undergoing review, please contact our Chapter Administrator for assistance.


Membership dues may be deductible as membership in a professional association on your income tax forms. Consult your tax adviser for more information.


If you have any questions about membership, please contact our membership team at or 805-259-3033.


How to Join
  • Review and select the appropriate member type below to create a login profile. Follow through to complete the online application.
  • Make payment by credit card or create an invoice to pay promptly by check.
  • If you choose the invoice option, the invoice is due upon receipt.
  • IMPORTANT: Initial membership will not become active until your application is approved AND your payment is received.
  • If you need help with applying, please contact our membership team at


Accepted Credit Cards


Already a National SHRM Member?

Are you already a SHRM member? Be sure to designate SBHRA as your primary chapter with SHRM. Fill out the Primary Chapter Designation Form. If you'd like assistance, please contact our Chapter Administrator.

Select Member Type 
1  regular MEMBERSHIP - annual dues $145

DESCRIPTION: Individual employed in an exempt position actively employed within the 18 months preceding the proposed membership or renewal AND has at least one year experience in one of the five following categories:

  • HR practitioner or HR Professional. Responsible for the HR function in its entirety or spend 50% or more of time on HR-related activities.
  • HR consultant. Has professional experience in the HR career field and primarily provides advice or services on HR matters to organizations or other HR professionals.
  • Professor. Teach at accredited college-level educational institutions and primarily responsible for course related to HR or Business Management.
  • Attorney. Licensed to practice in California and specialize in employment law.
  • Public agency representative. Employed as manager, administrator, or senior officer of public entity employment organizations and training programs.

DESCRIPTION: Individual employed at an organization that provides a specific HR expertise, product, or service needed by organizations and HR professionals . Must be a SHRM member in good standing and able to provide evidence of SHRM membership upon SBHRA membership approval and annually thereafter upon renewal of membership.  Examples: staffing or temp help agency, insurance broker, background or reference check services, university career counseling center, HR-related software distributor.



DESCRIPTION: Individual in non-exempt HR management position OR an individual who does not meet the criteria of other designated membership categories and who has a bona fide interest in the field of HR management.



DESCRIPTION: Individual enrolled in an accredited college or university pursuing a course of study related to the HR field, OR who is currently enrolled in a HR Management certificate program, BUT who does not quality for membership as a Regular Member.


Guest Account (nonmember)


DESCRIPTION: Nonmember who wishes to register for our events, post jobs, or purchase advertising products.

  • Guest accounts do not receive any membership benefits, discounts, or privileges.
  • This online account is for purchase convenience and allows access to Association nonmember services by logging into the website.
  • You are not an SBHRA member.

If you select this option, you will create a Guest login that requires no registration fee. You'll be able to return to your online account any time to register for events, print invoices, or make other purchases at nonmember rates.





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