Why Join TSA?

Join TSA Today Perhaps the most important benefit of TSA membership is the inspiration and enthusiasm that students gain from receiving recognition for applying their knowledge. Demonstrating skills in a forum beyond school walls motivates students, especially when there is a large, like-minded audience of peers who support them. Other benefits include:

  • Enhance technological literacy and leadership skills
  • Work on complex activities from start to finish
  • Compete on local, state and national levels
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Meet and work with business and industry leaders
  • Attend organized meetings
  • Network with students and teachers with similar interests from all over the United States
  • Contribute time and effort to a national service project
  • Receive national membership services, including the online TSA newsletter, School Scene,
  • Receive recognition through TSA’s honor society, scholarships and achievement programs
  • Have a voice in a national organization that is helping to shape the future of technology education

Membership Information

You must affiliate with National TSA at least 10 members to have an active chapter. 
All students who attend, Fall Leadership Conference, State Leadership Conference, and the National TSA Conference must be affiliated through National TSA. 

Please affiliate at Register My Chapter
You are not affiliated until you pay your dues.

Affiliation dues are $5 State and $9 Nationals.  You may pay $650 ($350 National and $300 State) to affiliate everyone in your school who has been in an Technology and Engineering class.

TSA now offers three curriculum integrated membership programs to choose from - Red CAP, White CAP and Blue CAP.

National TSA will provide each affiliated chapter with a High School or Middle School Total TSA CD for each registered advisor.  The Total TSA CD is the foundation for your chapter - Membership Materials, Competitive Events and Leadership Lessons.

The Total TSA CD will be shipped within two weeks of receiving payment or faxed purchase order for membership.

TSA accepts membership throughout the school year. Priority membership is given to those who affiliate by November 19th. Priority members receive uninterrupted service, a gold seal membership certificate, a 2010-2011 TSA Information Directory and a small token of appreciation. 

Why Be a TSA Advisor?

Serving as a TSA chapter advisor at your school means more than having a “technology club” – it means your school is a part of a national organization that promotes and recognizes excellence in technology students through applied Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competitions and leadership activities.

Each year TSA brings together leading technology educators to revise, review and develop the competitive events at the middle or high school level. Every activity is correlated to STEM concepts and the criteria for participating and judging the competition is detailed. These activities (approximately 30 on the middle school level and 30 on the high school level) can be implemented as competitions at the local, state and national level.

Once affiliated, your chapter receives the Total TSA CD. This CD provides all of the criteria for each competitive event, including the STEM correlations. The Total TSA CD also provides professionally developed Leadership Lessons which are correlated to the competitive events and Membership Materials, which provides the information you need to know for running and maintaining your chapter.

Many state TSA delegations host a yearly competition conference as well as a leadership conference. This gives student members the opportunity to test their technology skills, and many students then choose to compete at the national level. Membership in TSA is required in order to participate in any TSA sanctioned event at any level – local, state or national.

Whether working on an activity at the local level, or competing at the state or national level, all students who use TSA materials benefit from being a TSA member. Opportunities exist for chapter, state and national leadership roles through elected offices and working committees. Networking among chapters is encouraged and a mentor program is available for chapters who would like to be paired with an experienced chapter for the purpose of strengthening their chapter and having questions answered.

For most TSA advisors, TSA is not the only organization they are involved with. Many also coach, are class advisors, and work on other school activities. So why do they also advise a TSA chapter? Most would tell you that they do so because they feel TSA offers:

  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Teamwork
  • Excellent Competitions
  • A Sense of Belonging to a Group of Deserving Students

How Much Time Does it Take? There is no question that being an advisor for a TSA chapter (or any other student activity) takes time and commitment. How much time is a function of several variables:

  • Co-curricular or extra-curricular. TSA is designed so that it can be a part of a technology classroom, or can be an after school activity.
  • Program of work. This is the basis of chapter activities for the year. The program of work is designed to accommodate the amount of time the advisor and members are willing to devote to the endeavor. Considerations for the program of work include: competitions, fundraising if needed, service project, and social events.
  • Organization. Organizing your technology program around TSA can actually save time. TSA is designed to be student run through elected officers – this is often a great classroom management tool.

Member Affiliation Policies

Suzy Orr
Program Manager

Affiliation Process

  • Membership is only processed through the National TSA on-line affiliation system. Faxed or mailed affiliation forms will be returned with instructions to affiliate on-line.
  • If a chapter that originally affiliated as a Red CAP adds more than ten members, it automatically becomes a White CAP once the additional fees are paid. Red CAP and White CAP may change to Blue CAP at any time during the year by paying the difference in fees. Blue CAP may add members at any time at no additional cost.
  • A chapter that has paid White CAP fees in excess of the Blue CAP fee may change to Blue CAP status.
  • Any chapter reporting National TSA membership that does not have a state TSA delegation is placed in the chapter-at-large category. All chapters in the chapter-at-large category have rights and privileges of any other National TSA chapter, with the exception of state delegation officer representation.
  • Members of chapters in the chapter-at-large category are considered members in good standing when all applicable chapter and National TSA dues are paid in full.
  • A school may affiliate more than one chapter provided that the chapters represent different levels, i.e., a middle school level and a high school level may physically exist at one school, but not two middle school levels; separate membership affiliations must be submitted to the National TSA office; separate registrations for the national conference must be submitted to National TSA.
  • Any chapter affiliation submitted to National TSA must be personally completed by the chapter advisor (or an appointed officer).
  • Unpaid invoices must be paid in full to National TSA prior to any chapter member participating in a state or national conference.

Chapter Management

  • Chapters must have student members to affiliate with TSA.
  • Chapter membership type (Red CAP, White CAP or Blue CAP) must be the same at both the state and national levels.
  • A student may belong to only one local chapter and to only one state TSA delegation.
  • TSA membership must be affiliated through a local state-registered education district. "Home-schooled" students may become members through an agreement with an affiliated chapter.
  • Advisors of TSA chapters must be registered state-certified educators working in existing school facilities. It is recommended that a science, technology, engineering or mathematics teacher serve as a TSA chapter advisor. However, in cases where there is no such interested teacher, a state-certified educator may be appointed by the school’s principal. The appointed advisor has the same rights and privileges of any advisor as long as s/he maintains the chapter in good standing.
  • The chapter level (middle school or high school) is designated by the chapter advisor when affiliating each year.
  • Two schools may not combine to form one chapter at the same level or different levels. Each school must have a separate affiliated chapter.
  • A member may only belong to a TSA chapter where he or she attends school, unless they are home-schooled.

Membership Dues

  • Membership is not processed until all dues (national and state) are paid in full. State dues received at the National TSA office will not be remitted until all dues are paid in full.
  • All membership dues must be paid at the time of affiliation. Affiliations without dues will not be processed and neither the chapter nor its members will be in good standing until all dues are paid. TSA membership dues are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • TSA operates under a unified dues policy, whereby all members must affiliate and pay applicable dues at the local, state, and national level. Individual dues at all levels (high school and middle school) consist of local chapter dues (determined by the chapter), state dues (determined by the state delegation), and national dues (determined by TSA, Inc.).
  • A written notification of transfer must be sent to the National TSA office if a student has paid individual membership dues and transfers to another chapter/school.
  • Any advisor affiliated with a chapter must pay the annual advisor dues.

Support Us

Business & Industry Partnership

Support GA TSA TodayWithout financial support for our competitive events and educational programs, the Georgia Technology Students Association could not function properly. Each sponsor makes a vital contribution to our student activities. Members of the Georgia Technology Student Association are deeply indebted to all sponsors for providing support for our Competitive Event Program.

Steve Price
Executive Director
Georgia TSA
PO BOX 2304
Acworth, GA 30102
(678) 551-0840

Donate to Georgia TSA

Georgia TSA Sponsorship

Sponsor a Georgia TSA!

Embrace the innovation of our 33,000+ member organization and sponsor Georgia TSA! Your company can be recognized on the GA TSA website, in the State School Scene newsletter, in the conference program, pre-session looping PowerPoint slides, logo on the trophies, and a representative can be recognized and allowed the opportunity to assist with the presentation of awards on Saturday.

Types of Sponsorship

For more information or additional sponsorship oppurtunities, please contact Steve Price, Georgia TSA Executive Director.

Want to Judge for a GA TSA Event?

If you are interested in experiencing one of our conferences and contributing as a judge, we need volunteer judges at two conferences where we have multiple competitive events.

The first is GA TSA "Tech Day" at the Georgia National Fair. Held at the fair grounds in the McGill Building on October 12th. Judges are needed for the six on-site performance events we have that day. The big conference with over 70 different middle and high school competitive events is held in March 17-19, 2016 at the Classic Center in Athens, GA.

Our Judges Coordinator is Mrs. Sylvia Phillips. If you are interested in Judging at one of these conferences or want more information contact her at [email protected] or myself at [email protected] or use this link to contact us and leave contact info using the form below.

We'd be proud to have you involved!
Steve Price, Executive Director

Legislative Advocacy

TSA chapters can share information with legislators on how their TSA students make an impact on their school, businesses and organizations by creating a TSA Fact Sheet. Below is information to include in your fact sheet plus a TSA position paper and a letter from the U.S. Department of Education.

To communicate with legislators from your state, including how to set-up a legislative appointment, simply visit the ACTE, for the telephone numbers and addresses of your representatives and senators. Visit the Association for Career and Technical Education for recent legislative initiatives.

Learn more about legislative tools for your GA TSA chapter.