Upgrading your STEP Membership

As you gain more credits from STEP qualifications and more experience in the industry, you will be able to progress to the next level of STEP membership.

Full STEP membership offers the greatest level of benefits, including the ability to use the ‘TEP’ designation. TEPs are internationally recognised as experts in their field, with proven qualifications and experience.

When and how to upgrade

Affiliate upgrading to Associate

Upgrading to Full (TEP) membership via Exam Route

  • Applicants must have 240 credits to upgrade to Full (TEP) membership via the STEP Exam Route to membership.
  • Applicants upgrade by completing the Upgrade to Full Membership Form (PDF 190KB)
  • If you have completed a Diploma but do not yet have the required credits gained through experience, you are eligible to hold Associate membership.

Upgrading to Full (TEP) membership via Essay Route

The process

Each upgrade application to Full membership is reviewed by the Membership Committee which meets monthly. Successful applicants receive an e-mail confirming their successful admittance to Full membership.


If the annual subscription fee has been paid for the current membership year, the difference between membership categories will be due. Those upgrading to TEP will also need to pay a one-time TEP Registration Fee.

When can I use the designation TEP?

Once a Full Member has received their confirmation email from STEP, they may use the designation TEP.

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