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What is the value of Membership?
SDA is an invaluable asset to all AE firms. If firm owners and principals don't think membership in the SDA is worth their time and money, then they just don't understand or appreciate SDA benefits. There has been so much buzz about "sustainable" design in the past few years that many firms invest significant time and money to ensure they have instituted sustainable design practices for their clients. Owners should never forget that their own business needs to be sustainable.
SDA is one of the best and most affordable ways to ensure that their firm uses best-practices. The "best" for firm management means they can continue to serve clients, employ staff, grow and be profitable…I've never seen so many smart and eager minds in one room as I have at SDA conferences.
Steven Burns, FAIA
SDA’s mission is to advance management and administrative professionals in the A/E/C industry through education, networking, and resources. SDA is an elite organization that addresses the issues and concerns of its members, and educates them in all aspects of design firm administration. If you are employed as an administrator in the A/E/C industry, you should become a member!
Our primary objectives are:
- To enhance practice administration through personal growth and continued education
- To encourage career growth and excellence through a Certified Design Firm Administration (CDFA) program
- To contribute to the development of office systems and materials
- To work with institutions of higher education to establish a curriculum for the training of design field personnel
- To cooperate with civic organizations whose undertakings are non-profit, non-political, and of vital interest to the community
- To enhance the network of our members and their firms within the A/E/C community
Here are just a few of the benefits members receive:
SDA has several Forums including Member, Chapter, BOD and Principals, to name a few. The Forums are our primary source for member-to-member communication. From here you can dip into the pool of knowledge of other SDA members by posting queries, offering advice, and sharing best practices in your related discipline.
- Certification Program (CDFA)
When you join SDA your are allowed to put "SDA" after your name to show you have started, and are willing, to further your knowledge and grow. The Certification Program takes that a step further. By meeting specific requirements and taking specific courses you can become SDA Certified and use "CDFA". This is a high honor among members of SDA and the design industry and serves as a tangible measure of competence.
- BTD White Papers
SDA's White Papers are educational tools for SDA members. Posted quarterly, they offer an exchange of knowledge in the six areas of design administration: human resources, office administration, project management, finance, information technology, and marketing.
- Educational Webinars
SDA provides interactive, 60-minute educational sessions via audio teleconference and the Internet, hosted by industry experts covering hot topics, best practices, and specials interests.
- SDA Today
The SDA Today is our monthly e-newsletter which provides current and relevent information for all SDA Members. Articles relevant to A/E/C administration are always included as well as a welcome to all new members, a list of upcoming webinar/audio conferences, a calendar of upcoming events and other news and tips to keep members informed of what's going on.
- SDA Market
Interested in saving your firm money? Our electronic store allows members to purchase items relevant to the design profession. As an SDA member, you will automatically receive discounts on items provided by SDA Market merchants.
- Affinity Program
Get exclusive member discounts from our partners including Staples, Kaplan AEC Education, and more! You can also shop at Amazon.com through the SDA link and a portion of your purchase will benefit SDA!
- Volunteerism and Leadership Opportunities (Chapter & National)
Through our committees and national charity foundation canstruction®, you have the opportunity to get involved, meet new and exciting people, and develop essential leadership skills.
- Networking & Education through our Regional & National Conferences and MUCH MORE!
Try SDA for 30 Days!
This trial will include a glimpse of the many benefits offered to our full members, including access to PEG pages and our online discussion forums. If you join SDA before your trial membership expires, you will receive a $25 discount off your national dues. Explore the benefits of an SDA membership today with our free 30-day trial! Sign up today! *
*The $25 discount is only available if you are not taking advantage of any other membership discount.
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** The SDA accepts online payments with Visa, Mastercard and American Express
Printable Application - 15-for-12 Campaign (effective October 1, 2013)
Membership valid until December 31, 2014
Membership valid through end of current year
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What Members Are Saying
Testimonials from SDA Members
SDA Membership - A Personal Reflection
by Karen Roman, CDFA, LEED AP
SDA President, 2011-2012
Yesterday, I renewed my membership in SDA for 2012. This payment was a special one, as it will mark 20 years of me being an SDA member in April. Twenty years of dues…I’m going to estimate that’s roughly $5,000 my firm has paid over the years. Have the dues been worth it? Have I – and in turn, Intergroup -- benefitted from the investment? Most emphatically, yes! Read More
Do you have questions about joining SDA? Would you like more information about Membership? Contact SDA Headquarters!