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Design Professional Membership

Design Professionals need to stay abreast of progressive wood industry issues and changing building design standards. To help professionals stay informed about the technical issues affecting the wood industry, the American Wood Council (AWC) offers a Design Professional Membership.

The American Wood Council (AWC) provides wood design and construction information to assist engineers and architects, develops structural and fire performance data on a wide range of traditional and engineered wood products, and engages in long-term research.

For $100/yr*, Design Professional Members receive:

  • Optional listing in AWC Design Professional Services Directory with description of professional services.
  • Member discounts on Technical Publications.
  • AWC IMPACT newsletter.
  • Wood Design Focus, the Forest Products Society quarterly journal (PDF Only) of contemporary wood engineering. For a list of past issues and topics, look here.
  • Wood Design & Building, a quarterly North American magazine on design and construction of modern wood buildings.
  • Use of the AWC Design Professional Member logo.
  • Frequent updates on wood industry developments, association activity, new publications, and special reports on engineering, building codes, standards, fire technology, and research projects.
  • Announcements of seminars offering CEU credits.
  • Access to technical information with a direct 800 phone number to AWC.
  • Access to AWC's group on LinkedIn®.

A current AWC Design Professional Member who refers a colleague who becomes a DPM can request one complimentary AWC publication – hardcopy or electronic. Make sure your colleague lists your name in the “Referred by” field on the application form (this offer does not apply to building official DPMs).

Pay Dues Online | Design Professional Services Directory 

* per year, $150 Outside US & Canada, $75 Students (Qualified students are those who are full-time students enrolled in a wood design course at a university or college, verification required), free to qualified building officials (verification required). Membership dues are based on the calendar year (January 1 - December 31). Dues are pro-rated depending on when your application is received. January 1 - June 30: full dues; July 1 - September 30: 25% pro-ration. New or reinstated applications with payment received on or after October 1 will be given membership for the remainder of the current year and the next calendar year.Go Back To Top


Applying for Design Professional Membership is easy:

1. If you are appliying as a NEW DPM, use the form below...
DPM Application
3. If you are RENEWING or UPDATING your existing membership, use this form...
DPM Renewal

Design Professional Membership Publications Discounts**

Publication Name List Member Price Discount
Wood Design Package w/ NDS $150 $75 $75
Wood Frame Construction Manual $80 $40 $40
WoodWorks Design Office   Special Price 10%
Wood Design Focus $48 $0 $48
Wood Design & Building $24 $0 $24
Publication Savings $187+

Membership $100
Net Savings $147.00

As a Design Professional Member, your cost would be $175 for both Membership and the Wood Design Package.

** Examples of savings for some popular design tools.  Other publication discounts available as well. All prices in US dollars. Shipping charges extra.

Dues, contributions, or gifts to AWC are not deductible as a charitable contribution for income tax purposes. Payments, however, may be tax deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses subject to restrictions imposed by recent federal tax law changes. No portion of your Design Professional Member dues are allocable to lobbying. Go Back To Top

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