Associate Member

Associate Membership is our second tier of membership for practitioners either working towards completing the Exam or Essay Route or gaining practical experience through their work.

Associate Members can use the term ‘STEP Associate’ on their CV, business cards, stationery and email signature. There are no post nominal or letters for this membership category.


You cannot apply to become an Associate Member if you are not already an Affiliate of STEP. You can obtain Associate Member level by upgrading from Affiliate Membership once you have:


How to apply

Once you have obtained 120 credits via the Exam Route or completed one essay from the Essay Route, you can upgrade your membership via submitting the form on our upgrade page


The cost of membership in your jurisdiction.

Member categories

See all STEP member categories.

Routes to membership

The most common route to STEP membership is through STEP exams or accreditation of prior learning and/or experience.


The Essay route is suitable for applicants who have a recognised professional qualification or vocational degree, plus five years' industry experience.


Browse all STEP qualifications including Certificates and Advanced Certificates.

Your commitment

When you join STEP you agree to adhere to our Code of Professional Conduct. Find out more about what you are committing to when joining STEP.

Background check

STEP undertakes background checks to assist with determining suitability for membership. Find out more