Earned Membership Grades and Reciprocal Memberships

Senior Member Grade Level

Do you have ten years of active work experience in the instrumentation, systems, and automation field? Your education and experience may qualify you to be an ISA Senior Member.

An ISA dues paying member will need to meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be a graduate of a baccalaureate engineering or science curriculum, with at least six years of active work experience in the instrumentation, systems, and automation field (two of which have been in a position of responsible charge)
  • If not a graduate, the member/applicant must have 10 years of active work experience in the instrumentation, systems, and automation field (two of which have been in a position of responsible charge)
  • Be a graduate of an associate degree program or of a two-year engineering or science technical school program, with at least eight years of active work experience in the instrumentation, systems, and automation field (two of which have been in a position of responsible charge)
Life Member Grade Level

Have you been an ISA member for at least 25 years? You may be eligible for the prestigious Life Member grade! Any member, Senior Member, or Fellow who has been a member of ISA in good standing for a total of at least 25 years and whose combined age and years of ISA membership equals or exceeds the sum of 90 is eligible to apply for Life Member grade. Life Members are exempt from paying dues, yet receive all benefits and privileges of membership.

Life Member dues: free for approved members

Honorary Member Grade Level

Another celebrated member grade is the Honorary Member. Honorary Member is the highest honor bestowed by the Society. An Honorary Member has the rights and privileges of a Senior member.

Honorary membership is reserved for individuals (members or non members of the Society) whose support of, and/or contributions to, the advancement of the arts and sciences of instrumentation, systems, and automation are deserving of special recognition. An Honorary Member is exempt from payment of dues has all the rights and privileges enjoyed by all other grades of membership.

Honorary Member dues: free

Fellow Member Grade Level

The esteemed Fellow member grade is one of the ISA's highest honors. It can be earned by a Senior Member who is elected by a majority vote of the Society's Executive Board and who possesses outstanding and acknowledged engineering or scientific attainments; and who has been a Senior Member for at least five years; and who has received peer evaluations leading to recommendation for election by the Society Admissions Committee.