PENC Membership

Professional Engineers of North Carolina is dedicated to meeting the needs of engineers of all disciplines. We strive to provide the tools you need to remain secure in your career, to stay connected to your professional community and to be informed about the constantly changing engineering profession.

Please see below for membership levels, benefits and dues rates.

Membership Benefits

Advocacy: Through membership in PENC, you have a voice in our state capitol through our government relations efforts. Premium members benefit from advocacy at the national level through membership in the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).

Continuing Education: In addition to advocacy, PENC provides opportunities for engineers to earn professional development hours through chapter meetings, regional and statewide conferences and seminars, webinars and online courses. Premium members also benefit from professional development opportunities through NSPE.

News of the Profession: Regular newsletters and updates from statewide and chapter leadership keep PENC members informed about association issues and events. 

Career Center: PENC’s career center provides valuable resources for engineers looking for new opportunities, and for firms seeking to hire qualified professionals.

Community Outreach: PENC’s Community Outreach efforts, such as MATHCOUNTS, Future City Competition, National E-Week and TSA promote the sustainability of the engineering profession, through educational initiatives that prepare young students for their careers. Scholarships, student chapters, and the Student Mentoring Program demonstrate PENC’s support of engineering education at the university level.

NSPE Membership: Your membership in PENC includes membership in the National Society of Professional Engineers. You will receive the e-news series Daily Designs, PE Magazine, and 15 free online seminars from NSPE. Read more about NSPE’s member benefits.

PENC also offers discounts on a wide variety of services for your professional and personal life through partners who offer insurance and business services.

Membership Dues Deductibility: 
Compliance with the Tax Reform Act of 1993 requires that the portion of membership dues attributable to lobbying and political activities at the State and Federal levels of government be considered nondeductible for income tax purposes. This nondeductible portion must be disclosed to members on their dues invoice each year.
For 2018, 100% of PENC member dues are considered non-deductible for income tax purposes.

Types of Membership

Whether you are a licensed PE, a non-licensed engineer, a student, a retired engineer, unemployed or living out of state, PENC offers a wide variety of membership options to serve engineers at any place in their careers.

Member: Includes membership in NSPE, PENC and your local chapter. Must be a licensed PE in the U.S. or Canada (or the international equivalent), or on a licensure track. Yearly Dues: $299

Recent Graduate: Includes membership in NSPE, PENC and your local chapter. Must have graduated in the past 5 years from a full-time ABET-accredited graduate or undergraduate engineering program. Yearly Dues: Depend on graduation date. Contact catie.c@penc.org for more information.

Student: Includes membership in NSPE, PENC and your local chapter. Must be enrolled full-time in a ABET-accredited engineering program or an engineering program that has an articulated or transfer agreement with an ABET-accredited program. Yearly Dues: Free

Legacy Member: PENC State Only members that have been grandfathered in to legacy status prior to the July 1, 2018 membership change. No NEW legacy memberships are offered. Legacy members must have an active membership in order to retain their legacy status. Yearly Dues: $186