Types of Membership

At the time of admission, a Member shall be a graduate of an Engineering Curriculum accredited by the Government of India and approved by Board of Governors or CWC of Chapter / Sub-Chapter and a minimum work experience of two years for enrolment as a member.

Associate Member

An Associate Member shall possess an Engineering Degree, Engineering Diploma or Certificate Course of ITI or recognized by Govt. of India with courses in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration and shall have demonstrated interest in the advancement of the Society’s Aims and Objectives.

An Associate Member in good standing may apply for up-gradation to Member Grade based on his change of status as under:

  • Has obtained an Engineering degree and two years as Associate Member.
  • Has obtained an Engineering Diploma and five years as Associate Member.
  • Has completed a Certificate Course and eight years as Associate Member.
  • Has completed eight years in the Associate Member Grade
Affiliate Member

A person without any formal qualification in Engineering but affiliated and interested broadly, in the field of HVAC and Refrigeration. Affiliate Members may apply for up-gradation to Associate Member Grade after completion of five years as an Affiliate Member in good standing.

Student Member

A Student ,at time of application for Membership into the Society, shall be attending an Engineering / Architecture Curriculum accredited by the Government of India and / or approved by the board of Governors / CWC.

Life Member

This grade is no longer applicable for new applicants. Existing Life Members will continue to receive service subject to their making the Annual Sustenance Fee Payment. This Sustenance Fee will be collected by the concerned Chapter / Sub-Chapter for three years at a time.


A Member in good standing after continuous membership of at least 10 years may apply to the Chapter / Sub-Chapter for up-gradation to Fellow of ISHRAE. Up-gradation of a Member to Fellow Status will follow the laid down procedure for such an up-gradation, as outlined in the Honors & Awards Manual.

Overseas Member

A member who lives outside India may apply to this Category. This category shall also include all Indians working overseas e.g. in the Gulf Countries.

The category of Membership assigned to an Overseas Member shall be along the lines as described above.

Honorary Member

The Society may, at it’s discretion, induct a Person of Eminence, or, a Person of Outstanding Professional Distinction, who is not a Member of the Society, and, whose Membership of the Society will add value to the Society, as an Honorary Member. A request for grant of Honorary Member should be initiated by a Chapter / Sub-Chapter President, and, forwarded to the Secretary at Headquarters through the Regional Director. The Secretary at Headquarters shall introduce this as an Agenda Item in the BOG Meeting where it will have to be considered and approved. Once the proposal is approved by the BOG, the Chapter President who had initiated the proposal shall inform the Person concerned and fix a suitable date when the Honorary Membership could be conferred upon him. It would be preferable if the date were to coincide with some other important event so that there is a wider participation of Membership.

The Person being conferred the Honorary Membership shall be presented with a Certificate which shall be signed by the National President and Secretary.

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