Artificial intelligence (AI) policy: ASHRAE prohibits the entry of content from any ASHRAE publication or related ASHRAE intellectual property (IP) into any AI tool, including but not limited to ChatGPT. Additionally, creating derivative works of ASHRAE IP using AI is also prohibited without express written permission from ASHRAE.

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SmartStart is a 3 year program that allows Student members to transfer to Associate grade membership at a rate that is recent-graduate friendly. Student members who are graduating soon or have recently graduated should complete the SmartStart form to participate.

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Associate grade members who have obtained at least 12 years of qualifying experience may advance to Full Member grade. Experience can include a combination of education, work, and professional licensure.

To advance to Full Member grade, update your ASHRAE bio to include your education, work and professional licensure in your profile. Once complete, email that you wish to be considered for grade advancement.

If you would like detailed information on what experience qualifies for advancement, please see Section 2.7 of the ASHRAE Bylaws.

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