Newly Aligned Membership Categories

As our association continues to evolve, we are adapting and responding to changes being experienced by our Members in the speaking profession.

To better serve the ever-changing speaking industry, we are pleased to announce the following newly aligned Membership categories and qualifications:

NSA Membership Categories:

  • Academy Member
  • Professional Member (which encompasses 3 sub-categories of Professional Member: Qualified, Certified, and Legacy-formerly known as Emeritus)
  • Professional Affiliate Member (formerly known as Service/Supplier and Bureau Partner)
  • Honorary Member

On this page, you will find information detailing each of the aligned membership categories.

Tune in to an informational interview between 2015-16 NSA President, Ruby Newell-Legner, CSP and Monica Wofford, CSP, National Director and Membership Task Force Chair where they discuss the newly aligned categories.

Get an overview of the newly aligned categories here:

Dive deeper in this Extended Version which includes more details on the creation of these categories, difference between the National and Chapter Academy programs, and future developments.

NEWS – Aligning NSA Membership with the Profession

FAQs for our National Academy Participants

The National Speakers Association (NSA) is excited to celebrate its 42nd Anniversary this year. As we continue to evolve as an Association, we consistently are adapting and responding to the numerous changes being experienced by our Members in the speaking profession.

To better serve an ever-changing industry in which our Members successfully speak professionally and also strive to speak professionally, we are pleased to announce the following newly aligned Membership categories and qualifications for the community we serve:

NSA Membership Categories

  • Academy Member
  • Professional Member
  • Professional Affiliate Member
  • Honorary Member

The Academy Member category provides a community for our aspiring speaker population who has expressed an interest in our profession by participating in our National Speaker’s Academy. This is the starting point for the continued progression of Membership opportunities.

These modifications to our Membership opportunities are being made so that we can include more of those into our association who are actively participating in the progressive stages of increasing or decreasing their paid speaking engagements, based on extensive research done on the continuum of a Professional speaking career. Following this natural progression and development or decline of the Professional careers of our Members (e.g., from a new Member to a qualified Member to a certified Member and, ultimately, to a retiring Member), will encourage our Members to continue to be engaged and to participate with our Association based on their individual level of interest and career stage. These industry aligned categories also provide a blueprint for involvement by new speakers, working speakers, experienced speakers, retiring speakers, and our Professional affiliates – all of whom make up our existing and future profession.

FAQs Specific to Academy Members

Q. What are the qualifications for Academy Membership?

A. An Academy Member is an individual who is enrolled in the NSA National Speaker’s Academy Program and who aspires to become a Professional Member of NSA.

Q: How long may I participate in the NSA National Speaker’s Academy?

A: You may remain a National Speaker’s Academy Member for a maximum of three years. This program is provided to guide you through the foundation of a successful speaking business with the goal of qualifying for Professional Membership.

Q: May I serve in a leadership position as an Academy Member?

A: Chapters may choose to allow Academy Members to volunteer to server on NSA Chapter Boards and committees. NSA National Committees and elected Officer Positions are a benefit reserved for our Professional Membership.

Q: Do I have voting privileges as an Academy Member?

A: Chapters may allow Academy Members to vote at the chapter level. This is at the discretion of the chapter. Voting on a National level is a benefit reserved for our Professional Members.

Q: May I use the NSA Member logo on my marketing materials to indicate Membership with NSA?

A: A logo designated your specific Academy Membership is provided to Academy Members and is available on the NSA website. Academy Members will need to monitor their own marketing and materials to ensure compliance with qualifications and Code of Ethics. Any infringement will be brought to the Board of Ethics and reviewed.

Q: How does this affect my participation with my local Chapter?

A: If you are currently participating in you Chapter’s Speaker Academy, you can continue according to the Chapter’s governance of Academy Membership. Additional fees may apply.

Q: How do I maximize my Membership?

A: NSA is an organization that embodies the Spirit of NSA. Our founder, Cavett Robert, CSP, CPAE, believed the strength of spirit and growth of our profession would prevail, if all of our Members focus on unconditionally giving of themselves to our community. The strength of NSA is in the education we provide and the strong community we have built. You get out of NSA what you put into it. Be gracious in your volunteering, have respect for those that have forged the path for our profession, and be humble in your learning. The journey is well worth it.

General FAQs:

Why make these changes?
The NSA Board of Directors appointed a Task Force to review the current Membership categories and to respond to the changes in the speaking profession. Their work built upon extensive research (that included NSA Chapters, previous Task Forces, and other NSA groups) to determine the most appropriate, research based, market trend based, and relevant alignment for our Membership segments. The goal of this research was to consider future growth needs, continue to focus on inclusion without dilution of the brand or honors, and to maintain sustainability of the Association. This Task Force also conducted a stratified random sample of NSA Members which requested and received extensive Member feedback, before the proposed changes were brought to the NSA Board of Directors and subsequently approved.

How are these new categories different?
NSA had six Membership categories that are now streamlined into these four. These streamlined categories now include Academy participants as Members and provide a developmental continuum for those newer to the speaking profession to follow.

When will these changes take effect?
The changes have been approved and changes have been made to our bylaws. Implementation of these changes will begin in August 2015 following an extensive communication plan to ensure all are in the know and included. You will see updates to the NSA website and in NSA Communication at that time.

Will these changes result in a dues increase?
No. There will be no changes to the dues structure or amounts at this time.

Can I be a Member of more than one category?
Many individuals will qualify for Membership in more than one category. This could theoretically result in wearing not only multiple hats, but multiple badges. As part of their ongoing work, the Membership Qualifications Task Force continues to examine the most effective direction and answer to this question. At this time, if one wishes to identify themselves in more than one category and qualifies for more than one, he or she may utilize all applicable category logos provided. Membership in the Professional Member main category will take precedence over others and determine dues rate, regardless of qualification in other categories. Future changes to this area are expected.

How Does One Qualify for Any NSA Membership Category?

Academy Member Qualifications:

  • An individual who pays to participate in the NSA National Speaker’s Academy Program and who aspires to become a Professional Member of NSA.

Professional Member Qualifications (which encompasses 3 sub-categories of Professional Member):

  • Qualified Member– An individual who meets the Professional Member criteria (e.g., earns all, or a portion of, his/her income from speaking from at least 20 separate Professional speaking engagements per year OR earns at least $25,000 in speaking income annually).
  • Certified Member– An individual who meets the Professional Member criteria AND who has earned the Certified Speaking Professional® (CSP) designation.
  • Legacy Member (formally known as Emeritus Member)- An individual who has been a Professional Member of NSA for at least 10 years, is 65 years of age or older, and delivers fewer than 15 speaking engagements annually.

Professional Affiliate Member Qualifications:

  • An individual who provides a service or product to the speaking industry.

Honorary Member Qualifications:

  • An individual whose Membership is conferred based on criteria determined by the NSA Board of Directors.

Updated Member logos can be found in the Member Area of the NSA website for use on your marketing materials.

Questions regarding these changes or Membership in general, may be shared with Michelle Reynolds, NSA Director of Member Experiences at Michelle@NSAspeaker.org.

Thank you for your support of NSA, support of these powerful and positive changes, and participation in both our association and the speaking profession.

NEWS – Aligning NSA Membership with the Profession

FAQs for our Professional Members

The National Speakers Association (NSA) is excited to celebrate its 42nd Anniversary this year. As we continue to evolve as an Association, we consistently are adapting and responding to the numerous changes being experienced by our Members in the speaking profession.

To better serve an ever-changing industry in which our Members successfully speak professionally and also strive to speak professionally, we are pleased to announce the following newly aligned Membership categories and qualifications for the community we serve:

NSA Membership Categories

  • Academy Member
  • Professional Member
  • Professional Affiliate Member
  • Honorary Member

The Professional Member category has simply been divided into three subcategories: Qualified, Certified, and Legacy. If this is a category for which you qualify, these additional supporting answers will help to clarify relevant changes to your Membership. We think you’ll be pleased!

FAQs Specific to Professional Members

Q. Are there changes to voting or logo use as a Professional Member?

A. All Qualified, Certified, and Legacy Members – continue to have full voting privileges and are encouraged to use the NSA Member logo (you may choose to continue to use the current member logo or implement the newly updated version) on all marketing materials. This is a benefit reserved for Professional Members only.

Q: Are there changes to participating with NSA as a Professional Member?

A: Qualified and Certified Professional Members may serve in any capacity in NSA. This is a benefit reserved for Professional Members only. Legacy Members may serve in any capacity of NSA, with the exception of elected National positions (i.e., NSA Board of Directors).

These modifications to our Membership opportunities are being made so that we can include more of those into our association who are actively participating in the progressive stages of increasing or decreasing their paid speaking engagements, based on extensive research done on the continuum of a Professional speaking career. Following this natural progression and development or decline of the Professional careers of our Members (e.g., from a new Member to a qualified Member to a certified Member and, ultimately, to a retiring Member), will encourage our Members to continue to be engaged and to participate with our Association based on their individual level of interest and career stage. These industry aligned categories also provide a blueprint
for involvement by new speakers, working speakers, experienced speakers, retiring speakers, and our Professional affiliates – all of whom make up our existing and future profession.

General FAQs:

Why make these changes?
The NSA Board of Directors appointed a Task Force to review the current Membership categories and to respond to the changes in the speaking profession. Their work built upon extensive research (that included NSA Chapters, previous Task Forces, and other NSA groups) to determine the most appropriate, research based, market trend based, and relevant alignment for our Membership segments. The goal of this research was to consider future growth needs, continue to focus on inclusion without dilution of the brand or honors, and to maintain sustainability of the Association. This Task Force also conducted a stratified random sample of NSA Members which requested and received extensive Member feedback, before the proposed changes were brought to the NSA Board of Directors and subsequently approved.

How are these new categories different?
NSA had six Membership categories that are now streamlined into these four. These streamlined categories now include Academy participants as Members and provide a developmental continuum for those newer to the speaking profession to follow.

When will these changes take effect?
The changes have been approved and changes have been made to our bylaws. Implementation of these changes will begin in August 2015 following an extensive communication plan to ensure all are in the know and included. You will see updates to the NSA website and in NSA Communication at that time.

Will these changes result in a dues increase?
No. There will be no changes to the dues structure or amounts at this time.

Can I be a Member of more than one category?
Many individuals will qualify for Membership in more than one category. This could theoretically result in wearing not only multiple hats, but multiple badges. As part of their ongoing work, the Membership Qualifications Task Force continues to examine the most effective direction and answer to this question. At this time, if one wishes to identify themselves in more than one category and qualifies for more than one, he or she may utilize all applicable category logos provided. Membership in the Professional Member main category will take precedence over others and determine dues rate, regardless of qualification in other categories. Future changes to this area are expected.

How Does One Qualify for Any NSA Membership Category?

Academy Member Qualifications:

  • An individual who pays to participate in the NSA National Speaker’s Academy Program and who aspires to become a Professional Member of NSA.

Professional Member Qualifications (which encompasses 3 sub-categories of Professional Member):

  • Qualified Member– An individual who meets the Professional Member criteria (e.g., earns all, or a portion of, his/her income from speaking from at least 20 separate Professional speaking engagements per year OR earns at least $25,000 in speaking income annually).
  • Certified Member– An individual who meets the Professional Member criteria AND who has earned the Certified Speaking Professional® (CSP) designation.
  • Legacy Member (formally known as Emeritus Member)- An individual who has been a Professional Member of NSA for at least 10 years, is 65 years of age or older, and delivers fewer than 15 speaking engagements annually.

Professional Affiliate Member Qualifications:

  • An individual who provides a service or product to the speaking industry.

Honorary Member Qualifications:

  • An individual whose Membership is conferred based on criteria determined by the NSA Board of Directors.

Updated Member logos can be found in the Member Area of the NSA website for use on your marketing materials.

Questions regarding these changes or Membership in general, may be shared with Michelle Reynolds, NSA Director of Member Experiences at Michelle@NSAspeaker.org.

Thank you for your support of NSA, support of these powerful and positive changes, and participation in both our association and the speaking profession.

NEWS – Aligning NSA Membership with the Profession

FAQs for our Current Emeritus Members now called Legacy Members

The National Speakers Association (NSA) is excited to celebrate its 42nd Anniversary this year. As we continue to evolve as an Association, we consistently are adapting and responding to the numerous changes being experienced by our Members in the speaking profession.

To better serve an ever-changing industry in which our Members successfully speak professionally and also strive to speak professionally, we are pleased to announce the following newly aligned Membership categories and qualifications for the community we serve:

NSA Membership Categories

  • Academy Member
  • Professional Member
  • Professional Affiliate Member
  • Honorary Member

These modifications to our Membership opportunities are being made so that we can include more of those into our association who are actively participating in the progressive stages of increasing or decreasing their paid speaking engagements, based on extensive research done on the continuum of a Professional speaking career. Following this natural progression and development or decline of the Professional careers of our Members (e.g., from a new Member to a qualified Member to a certified Member and, ultimately, to a retiring Member), will encourage our Members to continue to be engaged and to participate with our Association based on their individual level of interest and career stage. These industry aligned categories also provide a blueprint for involvement by new speakers, working speakers, experienced speakers, retiring speakers, and our Professional affiliates – all of whom make up our existing and future profession.

FAQs Specific to Professional Members

Current Emeritus Members will move to the updated Membership type called Legacy Member. All current Emeritus Members will simply have a Membership type change. You will not need to re-qualify for this category.

Moving forward, Members who are not current Emeritus Members will need to meet the following qualifications to be considered Legacy Members: a Professional Member of NSA for at least 10 years, is 65 years of age or older, and delivers fewer than 15 speaking engagements annually.

Q. Are there changes to voting or logo use?

A. Legacy Members – you will have full voting privileges and are encouraged to use the NSA Member logo on your marketing materials (you may choose to use the current member logo or implement the newly updated version available on the NSA website).

Q: Are there changes to participating with NSA?

A: Legacy Members may serve in any capacity of NSA, with the exception of National Board member

General FAQs:

Why make these changes?
The NSA Board of Directors appointed a Task Force to review the current Membership categories and to respond to the changes in the speaking profession. Their work built upon extensive research (that included NSA Chapters, previous Task Forces, and other NSA groups) to determine the most appropriate, research based, market trend based, and relevant alignment for our Membership segments. The goal of this research was to consider future growth needs, continue to focus on inclusion without dilution of the brand or honors, and to maintain sustainability of the Association. This Task Force also conducted a stratified random sample of NSA Members which requested and received extensive Member feedback, before the proposed changes were brought to the NSA Board of Directors and subsequently approved.

How are these new categories different?
NSA had six Membership categories that are now streamlined into these four. These streamlined categories now include Academy participants as Members and provide a developmental continuum for those newer to the speaking profession to follow.

When will these changes take effect?
The changes have been approved and changes have been made to our bylaws. Implementation of these changes will begin in August 2015 following an extensive communication plan to ensure all are in the know and included. You will see updates to the NSA website and in NSA Communication at that time.

Will these changes result in a dues increase?
No. There will be no changes to the dues structure or amounts at this time.

Can I be a Member of more than one category?
Many individuals will qualify for Membership in more than one category. This could theoretically result in wearing not only multiple hats, but multiple badges. As part of their ongoing work, the Membership Qualifications Task Force continues to examine the most effective direction and answer to this question. At this time, if one wishes to identify themselves in more than one category and qualifies for more than one, he or she may utilize all applicable category logos provided. Membership in the Professional Member main category will take precedence over others and determine dues rate, regardless of qualification in other categories. Future changes to this area are expected.

How Does One Qualify for Any NSA Membership Category?

Academy Member Qualifications:

  • An individual who pays to participate in the NSA National Speaker’s Academy Program and who aspires to become a Professional Member of NSA.

Professional Member Qualifications (which encompasses 3 sub-categories of Professional Member):

  • Qualified Member– An individual who meets the Professional Member criteria (e.g., earns all, or a portion of, his/her income from speaking from at least 20 separate Professional speaking engagements per year OR earns at least $25,000 in speaking income annually).
  • Certified Member– An individual who meets the Professional Member criteria AND who has earned the Certified Speaking Professional® (CSP) designation.
  • Legacy Member (formally known as Emeritus Member)- An individual who has been a Professional Member of NSA for at least 10 years, is 65 years of age or older, and delivers fewer than 15 speaking engagements annually.

Professional Affiliate Member Qualifications:

  • An individual who provides a service or product to the speaking industry.

Honorary Member Qualifications:

  • An individual whose Membership is conferred based on criteria determined by the NSA Board of Directors.

Updated Member logos can be found in the Member Area of the NSA website for use on your marketing materials.

Questions regarding these changes or Membership in general, may be shared with Michelle Reynolds, NSA Director of Member Experiences at Michelle@NSAspeaker.org.

Thank you for your support of NSA, support of these powerful and positive changes, and participation in both our association and the speaking profession.

NEWS – Aligning NSA Membership with the Profession

FAQs for our Professional AffiliateMembers

The National Speakers Association (NSA) is excited to celebrate its 42nd Anniversary this year. As we continue to evolve as an Association, we consistently are adapting and responding to the numerous changes being experienced by our Members in the speaking profession.

To better serve an ever-changing industry in which our Members successfully speak professionally and also strive to speak professionally, we are pleased to announce the following newly aligned Membership categories and qualifications for the community we serve:

NSA Membership Categories

  • Academy Member
  • Professional Member
  • Professional Affiliate Member
  • Honorary Member

The Professional Affiliate Member category combines our service and supplier and bureau designation and is specifically designed for those who provide the role of partner and/or vendor to our other Members. As more and more of our Members who speak are also vendors who serve speaker clients, this category has given those who provide a service to be embraced into our organization.

These modifications to our Membership opportunities are being made so that we can include more of those into our association who are actively participating in the progressive stages of increasing or decreasing their paid speaking engagements, based on extensive research done on the continuum of a Professional speaking career. Following this natural progression and development or decline of the Professional careers of our Members (e.g., from a new Member to a qualified Member to a certified Member and, ultimately, to a retiring Member), will encourage our Members to continue to be engaged and to participate with our Association based on their individual level of interest and career stage. These industry aligned categories also provide a blueprint for involvement by new speakers, working speakers, experienced speakers, retiring speakers, and our Professional affiliates – all of whom make up our existing and future profession.

FAQs Specific to Professional Affiliate Members

Q. Are there changes to voting or logo use if I become a Professional Affiliate Member?

A. Professional Affiliate Members have full voting privileges and are encouraged to use the newly designed NSA Professional Affiliate logo on their own marketing materials.

Q: How can I participate within NSA as a Professional Affiliate Member?

A: You may serve in any capacity of NSA, with the exception of elected National and Chapter officer positions.

General FAQs:

Why make these changes?
The NSA Board of Directors appointed a Task Force to review the current Membership categories and to respond to the changes in the speaking profession. Their work built upon extensive research (that included NSA Chapters, previous Task Forces, and other NSA groups) to determine the most appropriate, research based, market trend based, and relevant alignment for our Membership segments. The goal of this research was to consider future growth needs, continue to focus on inclusion without dilution of the brand or honors, and to maintain sustainability of the Association. This Task Force also conducted a stratified random sample of NSA Members which requested and received extensive Member feedback, before the proposed changes were brought to the NSA Board of Directors and subsequently approved.

How are these new categories different?
NSA had six Membership categories that are now streamlined into these four. These streamlined categories now include Academy participants as Members and provide a developmental continuum for those newer to the speaking profession to follow.

When will these changes take effect?
The changes have been approved and changes have been made to our bylaws. Implementation of these changes will begin in August 2015 following an extensive communication plan to ensure all are in the know and included. You will see updates to the NSA website and in NSA Communication at that time.

Will these changes result in a dues increase?
No. There will be no changes to the dues structure or amounts at this time.

Can I be a Member of more than one category?
Many individuals will qualify for Membership in more than one category. This could theoretically result in wearing not only multiple hats, but multiple badges. As part of their ongoing work, the Membership Qualifications Task Force continues to examine the most effective direction and answer to this question. At this time, if one wishes to identify themselves in more than one category and qualifies for more than one, he or she may utilize all applicable category logos provided. Membership in the Professional Member main category will take precedence over others and determine dues rate, regardless of qualification in other categories. Future changes to this area are expected.

How Does One Qualify for Any NSA Membership Category?

Academy Member Qualifications:

  • An individual who pays to participate in the NSA National Speaker’s Academy Program and who aspires to become a Professional Member of NSA.

Professional Member Qualifications (which encompasses 3 sub-categories of Professional Member):

  • Qualified Member– An individual who meets the Professional Member criteria (e.g., earns all, or a portion of, his/her income from speaking from at least 20 separate Professional speaking engagements per year OR earns at least $25,000 in speaking income annually).
  • Certified Member– An individual who meets the Professional Member criteria AND who has earned the Certified Speaking Professional® (CSP) designation.
  • Legacy Member (formally known as Emeritus Member)- An individual who has been a Professional Member of NSA for at least 10 years, is 65 years of age or older, and delivers fewer than 15 speaking engagements annually.

Professional Affiliate Member Qualifications:

  • An individual who provides a service or product to the speaking industry.

Honorary Member Qualifications:

  • An individual whose Membership is conferred based on criteria determined by the NSA Board of Directors.

Updated Member logos can be found in the Member Area of the NSA website for use on your marketing materials.

Questions regarding these changes or Membership in general, may be shared with Michelle Reynolds, NSA Director of Member Experiences at Michelle@NSAspeaker.org.

Thank you for your support of NSA, support of these powerful and positive changes, and participation in both our association and the speaking profession.

NEWS – Aligning NSA Membership with the Profession

FAQs for our Honorary Members

The National Speakers Association (NSA) is excited to celebrate its 42nd Anniversary this year. As we continue to evolve as an Association, we consistently are adapting and responding to the numerous changes being experienced by our Members in the speaking profession.

To better serve an ever-changing industry in which our Members successfully speak professionally and also strive to speak professionally, we are pleased to announce the following newly aligned Membership categories and qualifications for the community we serve:

NSA Membership Categories

  • Academy Member
  • Professional Member
  • Professional Affiliate Member
  • Honorary Member

The Honorary Membership category honors those who have been recognized by our Association as significant contributors to the profession and our industry through the lifetime achievement award or designated by the Board of Directors.

These modifications to our Membership opportunities are being made so that we can include more of those into our association who are actively participating in the progressive stages of increasing or decreasing their paid speaking engagements, based on extensive research done on the continuum of a Professional speaking career. Following this natural progression and development or decline of the Professional careers of our Members (e.g., from a new Member to a qualified Member to a certified Member and, ultimately, to a retiring Member), will encourage our Members to continue to be engaged and to participate with our Association based on their individual level of interest and career stage. These industry aligned categories also provide a blueprint for involvement by new speakers, working speakers, experienced speakers, retiring speakers, and our Professional affiliates – all of whom make up our existing and future profession.

FAQs Specific to Professional Members

Current Lifetime and Honorary Members will move to the updated Membership type called Honorary Member. You will not need to re-qualify for this category. You will remain an Honorary Member for a lifetime.

Q. Are there changes to voting or logo use?

A. Honorary Members may not vote at the National level and are encouraged to use the NSA Member logo on your marketing materials.

Q: Are there changes to participating with NSA?

A: Honorary Members may serve in any capacity of NSA, with the exception of elected National positions (i.e., NSA Board of Directors).

General FAQs:

Why make these changes?
The NSA Board of Directors appointed a Task Force to review the current Membership categories and to respond to the changes in the speaking profession. Their work built upon extensive research (that included NSA Chapters, previous Task Forces, and other NSA groups) to determine the most appropriate, research based, market trend based, and relevant alignment for our Membership segments. The goal of this research was to consider future growth needs, continue to focus on inclusion without dilution of the brand or honors, and to maintain sustainability of the Association. This Task Force also conducted a stratified random sample of NSA Members which requested and received extensive Member feedback, before the proposed changes were brought to the NSA Board of Directors and subsequently approved.

How are these new categories different?
NSA had six Membership categories that are now streamlined into these four. These streamlined categories now include Academy participants as Members and provide a developmental continuum for those newer to the speaking profession to follow.

When will these changes take effect?
The changes have been approved and changes have been made to our bylaws. Implementation of these changes will begin in August 2015 following an extensive communication plan to ensure all are in the know and included. You will see updates to the NSA website and in NSA Communication at that time.

Will these changes result in a dues increase?
No. There will be no changes to the dues structure or amounts at this time.

Can I be a Member of more than one category?
Many individuals will qualify for Membership in more than one category. This could theoretically result in wearing not only multiple hats, but multiple badges. As part of their ongoing work, the Membership Qualifications Task Force continues to examine the most effective direction and answer to this question. At this time, if one wishes to identify themselves in more than one category and qualifies for more than one, he or she may utilize all applicable category logos provided. Membership in the Professional Member main category will take precedence over others and determine dues rate, regardless of qualification in other categories. Future changes to this area are expected.

How Does One Qualify for Any NSA Membership Category?

Academy Member Qualifications:

  • An individual who pays to participate in the NSA National Speaker’s Academy Program and who aspires to become a Professional Member of NSA.

Professional Member Qualifications (which encompasses 3 sub-categories of Professional Member):

  • Qualified Member– An individual who meets the Professional Member criteria (e.g., earns all, or a portion of, his/her income from speaking from at least 20 separate Professional speaking engagements per year OR earns at least $25,000 in speaking income annually).
  • Certified Member– An individual who meets the Professional Member criteria AND who has earned the Certified Speaking Professional® (CSP) designation.
  • Legacy Member (formally known as Emeritus Member)- An individual who has been a Professional Member of NSA for at least 10 years, is 65 years of age or older, and delivers fewer than 15 speaking engagements annually.

Professional Affiliate Member Qualifications:

  • An individual who provides a service or product to the speaking industry.

Honorary Member Qualifications:

  • An individual whose Membership is conferred based on criteria determined by the NSA Board of Directors.

Updated Member logos can be found in the Member Area of the NSA website for use on your marketing materials.

Questions regarding these changes or Membership in general, may be shared with Michelle Reynolds, NSA Director of Member Experiences at Michelle@NSAspeaker.org.

Thank you for your support of NSA, support of these powerful and positive changes, and participation in both our association and the speaking profession.