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What is AHRMA?

The Austin Human Resource Management Association (AHRMA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the human resource management profession. AHRMA is the local affiliate of the national Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the leading voice of the human resource management profession. AHRMA is one of Texas’ largest and most dynamic SHRM®-affiliated chapters, having received several awards, including SHRM’s Golden Excel Award for outstanding chapter achievement and recognized SHRM Foundation Chapter Champion Award. Established in 1950, the Association’s membership now exceeds 800 individuals throughout the Greater Austin area.

AHRMA is the premier association driving the Human Resource Profession to a position that is critical to organizational success. We develop professionals and provide opportunities to contribute to each other, our organization, and our communities.

AHRMA Mission Statement and Objectives 

Austin Human Resource Management Association’s mission is to promote professionalism, effectiveness, and understanding in the Human Resource Management field by offering members a wide variety of professional development opportunities and a common forum for sharing ideas and experiences. AHRMA serves its members by:

  • Providing a wide range of educational programming and activities that allow members to develop their expertise in the functional areas of Human Resource Management;
  • Fostering increased awareness and understanding of the Human Resource profession throughout the business community and the general public;
  • Encouraging the highest standards of integrity through our Code of Ethics;
  • Providing a regular forum for members to meet and exchange information in addressing current human resource issues.

Benefits of AHRMA  

Monthly Meetings

Monthly meetings feature interesting and informative speakers with expertise in various areas of human resources.

AHRMA Committees

Give back to to your community, as an AHRMA member, by volunteering for an AHRMA Committee. There is a group for every interest and time availability!  

Networking Opportunities

AHRMA membership provides an excellent way to meet your peers and to establish professional relationships. Quarterly happy hours engage 100+ members.

Membership Directory

Online membership directory to share your name, title, business address, e-mail and telephone number for networking with other members.

SHRM Student Chapter

Students from local colleges and universities are available each semester to intern in your organization.

Annual Conference

AHRMA presents an annual conference that features nationally recognized speakers, outstanding workshops, and vendors offering the latest in human resource products and services.

Professional Workshops

Monthly workshops offer additional opportunities to increase your knowledge in human resource functional areas as well as the ability to earn certification credits.

Certification Study Groups

AHRMA encourages professional accreditation through SHRM’s Human Resource Certification Institute. Formal study groups provide cost-effective preparation for SHRM’s PHR or SPHR examinations.

Legal and Legislative Action

Information on key legislative proposals and how these proposals may impact your role as a human resource professional is presented at monthly meetings and in the newsletter.

Resource Center

A listing of human resource positions is available to AHRMA members through the Career Center and Job Blasts. Member companies seeking to fill positions may promote their opportunities through the AHRMA Career Center.

SHRM Affiliation

The Austin Human Resource Management Association is an affiliated SHRM chapter (#244). SHRM membership, however, is separate from AHRMA membership. If you are interested in learning more about SHRM or applying for SHRM membership, you are encouraged to contact SHRM directly at 800-283-7476 or online at If you need additional information regarding AHRMA, please contact the AHRMA office at 800-561-2096.

Eligible individuals may become members of AHRMA upon submission of a completed application with the prescribed dues and approval by the Membership Committee. AHRMA memberships are extended on an individual basis and are not transferable.

Membership Categories  

Regular Membership

Regular membership in AHRMA is available to individuals employed in positions meeting one of the following conditions:

  • Human Resource professionals responsibly engaged in the practice of human resource management, in exempt positions, who devote at least 50% of their time to personnel, human resources or industrial relations;
  • Such individuals who may have other duties but hold primary responsibility for the human resource function in a business or organization;
  • Faculty members of professional rank in human resource management or any of its specialized phases at an accredited college or university;
  • Full time Professional Consultants within the field of Human Resource Management and with previous experience as a practitioner/professional in human resource management and who maintain membership in the Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM) or hold a professional human resources certification designation such as PHR/SPHR, CCP, CBP, CEBS, etc.;
    and, Licensed attorneys in the State of Texas who provide legal counsel and representation to employers (private or public sector) on human resource issues.
  • Regular Members pay regular dues and are entitled to all privileges of membership including the right to vote, chair a committee or hold office.

Life Member

A member who has served one full term of office as President of the Association automatically acquires the status of Life Member upon completion of the term of office. Life Members pay no dues and are entitled to all privileges of membership including the right to vote, chair a committee or hold office.

Retired Member

Any member in good standing at the time of retirement from any firm, organization or institution may become a Retired Member by filing a change request with the Membership Committee indicating a retired status. Retired Members pay one-half of the annual dues of AHRMA and are entitled to all privileges of membership including the right to vote, chair a committee or hold office.

Affiliate Member

An Affiliate Member is a member who is affiliated with a company which offers a human resource-related service or product for profit such as relocation services, benefit plans, legal services, employment, temporary placement, etc. Not more than one individual per firm may be an Affiliate Member and no more than ten (10) percent of the total AHRMA membership at the end of the preceding year shall be comprised of Affiliate Members. Membership is individual; therefore, if an Affiliate Member leaves his/her current employment, another employee of that firm may become an Affiliate Member only if the ten (10) percent limit has not been reached for that year. An Affiliate Member MUST also maintain membership in the Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM) or hold a professional human resources certification designation such as PHR/SPHR, CCP, CBP, CEBS, etc.

An Affiliate Member pays regular dues and is given the right to vote. Affiliate members can chair a committee and hold an office; however, no more than two Affiliate members can be Elected Officers in any one year.

Student Member

Student Membership is open to individuals who can provide proof of current enrollment in the form of an official transcript as a part-time or full-time undergraduate or graduate student in a human resources related degree program. May be employed part-time (average 20 hours per week) in an HR capacity. Proof of current enrollment will be required each year for which the individual is requesting student membership in AHRMA.   Transcripts must be provided during application process. Student Members pay dues at a discounted rate to be determined by the Board of Directors and are extended all courtesies of the Association except the right to vote, chair a committee or hold office.

Member In-Transition

An In Transition member is a Human Resource professional who is currently unemployed and whose immediate past job met the regular membership requirements or who graduated college within the previous six months and is currently unemployed. In Transition members pay dues at a discounted rate to be determined by the Board of Directors and are extended all the courtesies of the Association except the right to vote, chair a committee, or hold office. An In Transition member is eligible for membership for up to one year. 

Associate Member

Individuals who are either in a non-exempt human resource position, or, who do not meet the criteria for Regular or Reserve membership but have a bona fide interest in human resource management; or, a current member of another SHRM-affiliated chapter with an interest in dual chapter membership with AHRMA; or, a . Associate Members pay regular dues and are extended all the courtesies of the Association including the right to vote. The right to hold office or to be appointed chair of a committee will be taken under consideration by the Board of Directors.

Important Membership Note:  AHRMA membership is on a calendar year basis.

AHRMA prefers Renewals be submitted online.  This keeps overhead costs and membership fees down. Contact the VP Membership with additional questions.

Membership Dues:  Renewals run on a calendar year basis. New application membership dues include a $25 non-refundable application fee.

Regular, Affiliate, Associate


Applying Between

November 1, 2016 through August 1, 2017


Regular, Affiliate, Associate


Applying Between

August 1, 2016 through October 31, 2016




Regular, Affiliate, Associate


Renewing prior to January 31st

Regular, Affiliate, Associate


Renewing after January 31st


Student/Member In-Transition

Limitations & proof of Student status required


 All Year Rates $20.00





All Year Rates






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 Congratulations AHRMA May Volunteer of the Month

M. Wilson Stoker 

Senior VP & Managing Attorney

Welter Law Firm P. C.


AHRMA is recognized by SHRM to offer
Professional Development Credits (PDCs)
for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. 












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