The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is introducing
a new membership experience beginning in October 2014.

To accommodate our growing membership and craft a unique, value-based association for all PBA members, a modification to our membership structure is currently underway. The upcoming changes will make it easier for members to access information across the association, providing unlimited learning and resource potential. The changes give PBA members more control over their membership, from choosing the dues level best suited for their business to saving individual members money by only paying for the benefits they need.

Over the coming months, we will notify members of the upcoming changes through various communication channels. Look for messages via email, mailings and the PBA website. The PBA Team has been working to make this transition as smooth and seamless as possible. We encourage you to explore how these changes affect your PBA membership. See our Frequently Asked Questions below for a better understanding of our new structure.

As always, we thank you for your continued support of PBA and the entire beauty industry and look forward to introducing you to the exciting enhancements to your membership. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments at info@probeauty.org or 800.468.2274.

Membership Options for Every Stage of Your Career
PBA offers a broad range of memberships to help you achieve your professional goals. Whether you’re joining as an individual or business, just starting your career, or only want electronic benefits, PBA has a membership for you.
TYPE E-MEMBER INDIVIDUAL MEMBER BUSINESS MEMBER
COST FREE PROFESSIONALS - $50
STUDENTS - $20
$175 - $10,000
DESCRIPTION

The E-member category is an electronic membership for one person.

E-membership is geared toward professionals that want access to some of the online benefits of the association but do not want to make a financial investment to the organization yet.

An Individual membership provides select benefits to one person.

Individual membership is open to anyone that has substantial involvement in the professional beauty industry and students enrolled in a cosmetology program.

A Business membership provides full benefits to multiple individuals.

Business memberships are open to any size company, from a sole proprietor to a large corporate entity, which has substantial involvement in the professional beauty industry.

Dues levels are determined by the number of employees identified to receive member benefits.

TOP LEVEL BENEFITS

Professional Development
Access to PBA Online Education and access to PBA’s Professional Links page, a comprehensive list of valuable business resources.

Research
Limited access to online research.

Industry Publications
Access to PBA Progress, the association’s e-newsletter.

Professional Development
Access to PBA Online Education and significant discounts on other educational courses.

Competition Discounts
Save 50% on entry fees to PBA Competitions, including NAHA and Beacon.

Event Savings
Save up to 50% on admission to multiple industry events.

Industry Publications
Monthly subscription to American Salon.

Research
Access to select industry data at significantly reduced rates.

Professional Development
Access to PBA Online Education and significant discounts on other educational courses.

Event Savings
Save up to 50% on admission to multiple industry events.

Research
Access to all PBA research at low or no cost and a complimentary copy of the Green Book.

Promotion
Discounts on advertising and sponsorship opportunities, complimentary 30-day job posting in PBA Career Center and member business is listed in online PBA Member Directory.

Quick Facts About the New PBA

Save money on dues:

Students can join for only $20, licensed and unlicensed professionals can join for $50 and businesses can join for as little as $175.


Renew on your terms:

Business member dues levels will be based on the number of employees designated to receive member benefits and annual dues will be calculated on an anniversary date renewal cycle.


Connect your team to PBA:

Business members should encourage employees to complete an online profile so PBA can provide a more personalized membership experience to all industry professionals.


Save money on the resources you need:

Admission to events, access to online and live education, entrance fees to competitions and various other resources will be offered at up to 50% off non-member rates.


Stay connected to the association without making a financial investment:

PBA proudly introduces E-Members - a new free online membership opportunity.

FAQ's

PBA is introducing a new membership structure beginning in the third quarter of 2014.

PBA is proud to represent and support a dynamic beauty profession by offering relevant programming, leadership opportunities and more. All constituents employed within the beauty industry have the opportunity to join PBA – an organization representing thousands of unique businesses and talented individuals, projecting one influential voice for the industry.

The new membership experience gives every beauty professional an affordable chance to belong. You can choose the membership category that best matches your commitment to the profession and the value of the organization in your career and your future.

Have questions about the changes to your PBA membership? The FAQs below should answer them. If you have more, please contact the membership team at 800.468.2274 or by email at info@probeauty.org.


PBA MEMBERSHIP CHANGES

What are the new levels of membership?
There are now three primary types:

  • Individual
  • Business
  • E-member

What are the differences in each level of membership?

  • An Individual membership provides full benefits to one person.
  • A Business membership provides full benefits to multiple individuals.
  • The E-member category is an electronic membership for one person. E-membership is geared toward professionals that want access to some of the online benefits of the association but do not want to make a financial investment to the organization yet.

I am a current PBA member. How will my membership change?

If you are a member in the Beauty Professional/NCA section you will now enjoy lower annual dues ($50 versus $115) and 50% savings on most event tickets, education and other products and services offered by PBA. In addition, members that have supported the association for 50 or more consecutive years are eligible to participate in our Lifetime Membership Program and will receive a free membership each year.

Business members - Manufacturers, Distributors, Salon/Spas/Schools and Associates – will experience the following changes:

  • Annual dues will be determined by the number of employees the member company wants to give access to benefits; an employee that is identified to receive benefits will be known as a Benefit Recipient.
  • Annual dues will be renewed on the anniversary of the company’s original join date.
  • Employees that are tied to the company’s member record and identified as individuals that will receive member benefits will be known as Benefit Recipients and will enjoy 50% savings on most event tickets, education and other products and services offered by PBA.

Does my membership belong to me, or to the organization where I work?

An Individual membership provides full benefits to one person. It depends on the type of membership that you activate. An Individual membership provides full benefits to one person.

If you join as a Business member the membership belongs to the organization or company. If a Benefit Recipient leaves the company, the member organization may identify a new Benefit Recipient at their next renewal period.

Does my membership stay with me if I switch organizations?

If you join as an Individual member your membership goes with you if you switch employers. Business memberships are the property of the member company.

How much does a membership cost?
Annual memberships are:

  • $50 for an Individual membership
  • $20 for an Individual membership for current cosmetology students
  • $175 - $10,000 for a Business membership

Business memberships have 5 different investment levels depending upon the number of employees a company wants to extend benefits to. An employee that is tied to the company’s member record and is identified as an individual that receives member benefits is known as a Benefit Recipient..

$175 for 1-3 Benefit Recipients
$500 for 4-15 Benefit Recipients
$1,500 for 16-35 Benefit Recipients
$5,000 for 36-50 Benefit Recipients
$10,000 for an unlimited number of Benefit Recipients and additional corporate branding opportunities

When does this change begin?

PBA will begin transitioning to this new membership model in October 2014.

Why is PBA making this change?

Our goal is simplification and inclusion. The new membership structure is based on value, engagement and choice rather than your company’s specialty or the amount of revenue it earns, as it has been in the past. This is the first time PBA has changed its membership structure since it was launched in 2002.

I purchased a multi-year PBA membership. How will this change impact me?

Memberships that expire on January 31, 2015 and beyond will automatically transition into the new membership structure as of January 1, 2015. Members will be granted additional months of membership to compensate for the change in member dues and access to benefits. You can view the Member Modification Extension Chart HERE.

What is the Lifetime Membership Program?

The Lifetime Membership Program recognizes and rewards individual members that have retained their membership and supported the association for 50 or more consecutive years. lifetime members receive a complimentary membership each year and be inducted into the Lifetime Membership Program.


GENERAL MEMBERSHIP INQUIRIES

How long does my membership last?

Membership terms are managed on an annual basis. If your application is processed between the 1st and the 15th of the month your membership term will expire on the last date of the previous month. (Example: your application is processed on April 15th, 2015 your membership term will expire on March 31, 2016) If your application is processed between the 16th and 31st of the month your membership term will expire on the last day of the month in which you are joining. (Example: your application is processed on April 16th, 2015 your membership term will expire on April 30, 2016)

Are my PBA membership dues tax-deductible?

Dues paid to PBA are not considered charitable contributions for federal tax purposes. However, they may be deducted as ordinary and necessary business expenses. Members should consult their tax advisors for further guidance. Note that a charitable gift to a PBA Foundation charity made at the time of renewal (a gift separate from and in addition to your membership dues) is tax deductible.

Can I submit an application to join PBA online?

Yes, you may join PBA online or download an application to fax or mailing to PBA.

What is my PBA member number?

Your PBA member number is printed on your PBA membership invoice and on your PBA membership card. If you need assistance locating your member number, email info@probeauty.org or call 800.468.2274 and ask to speak with the PBA Membership Team.

How do I change my contact information with PBA?

Members may submit changes to info@probeauty.org or call 800.468.2274.

As a new member, when will I receive my PBA membership card?

You will receive your membership card within 10-14 business days of joining the association.

What is an anniversary membership?

Your membership is based on the day you joined the association. Members are invoiced for renewals for the full dues amount on the anniversary date of the day you joined PBA.

If my membership has lapsed, how can I reactivate it?

If your membership term has lapsed you may reinstate it by renewing online at probeauty.org/join or by contacting the PBA Membership Team at 800.468.2274. If the lapse has been longer than 60 days after your expiration date your membership will be reinstated with a new original join date.

How do I get a receipt for my PBA dues?

Please contact the PBA Membership Team at 800.468.2274 or by email at info@probeauty.org to request a receipt for PBA annual dues payments.

How do I sign up for the PBA email list?

Join the PBA contact list HERE.

What are the benefits of becoming a member?

View the new benefits structure and offer above in Membership Options for Every Stage of Your Career.


PUBLICATIONS

What publications are included with my membership?

Individual members receive American Salon Magazine. Benefit Recipients of Business members receive American Salon, The Colorist, DAYSPA, Launchpad, Salon Today and the Green Book.

What should I do if I’m not receiving any of my publications?

Please contact the PBA Membership Team at 800.468.2274 or by email at info@probeauty.org.


STUDENT MEMBERSHIPS

Who can apply for a PBA Student membership?

PBA Student memberships are open to anyone enrolled in a beauty school program and actively pursuing a cosmetology degree.

How much is a PBA Student membership?

Students are eligible to join the association at the discounted rate of $20, and the association limits the enrollment at this level to one year. Annual dues will increase to $50 for future years.


MEMBERSHIP POLICIES

  • Individual memberships are annual and non-transferrable.
  • Business memberships are annual and Benefit Recipients that are tied to the membership are non-transferrable.
  • No refunds are available for membership dues.