Frequently Asked Questions

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FAQ Subjects

Membership Dues
Starting a Chapter
Torch Awards



Starting a Chapter/Reactivating a Chapter

Torch Awards




How much are membership dues for the current year (2016-2017)?

Membership dues are $21 per person (students and advisors). The breakdown is $12 for national membership and $9 for state membership. Top

Where do I submit membership dues?
 Membership dues are processed online at Go to this website and review the membership procedures and online registration section. You will need a username and password to access the system. Top

What if I don't remember my username or password to register my students and advisors for membership?
 Visit and click the link that says "Member Login" and then you will be able to request that your username and password be sent to you. If you are a new chapter, you must select "New Chapter Charter Application" and complete the necessary information to obtain your username and password. Top

What is the membership dues deadline?
 For the secondary division, membership dues must be submitted by November 1 for all chapter advisors and any students that have paid through that date. The absolute final deadline to add any students who wish to compete at the regional leadership conference is December 1. Both of these deadlines are postmark deadlines. Students who are submitted after December 1 will be eligible to compete in the open events only.

 For the postsecondary division, preliminary membership dues must be submitted by November 1. However, the absolute final date for postsecondary students is February 1. Students who are submitted after February 1 will be eligible to compete in open events only. Top

Where do I mail my membership dues payment?
 For your national dues ($12.00 per person), your online form along with payment are mailed to Business Professionals of America, National Center, P.O. Box 632707, Cincinnati, OH 43086.

For your state dues ($9.00 per person), the invoice you receive via e-mail attachment from the state office along with the payment are mailed to Business Professionals of America, Eastern Michigan University, 208 King Hall, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Top

  I sent my national membership dues ($12 per person) to Ohio. How do I pay my state membership dues ($9 per person) to the state office?
 Within two business days after you have entered your members' names in the online membership registration system, the state office will prepare and e-mail you an invoice for your state membership dues. Once you have received the invoice, submit payment and you are all set. Do not worry about the membership deadline dates for payment because obviously you cannot pay the dues until you have received the invoice form our office. We are aware that you can't pay membership dues for an invoice that you have yet to receive. Top

Can I add students who have not paid by the November 1 deadline?
 In Michigan, since the regional registration deadline is in mid November, you should plan to submit all your students' names at least two business days before the regional competition registration deadline in order to avoid any regional competition registration late fees. Any names and registrations submitted after the registration deadline will be charged a $100 late fee.

For Postsecondary chapters, students can be added up until February 1. Top

Why do we have the November 1 deadline if I can enter names up until December 1?
 If you don't have any members entered by November 1, you run the risk of having your school removed from the chapter roster for the current school year. Top

I accidentally left a student member off my membership list when I submitted my dues application, can I add that student by changing name of someone who is not going to participate but paid his/her dues?
 Membership names can be changed up to five (5) business days after submitting a student’s name. After those five (5) business days, membership dues cannot be changed/swapped from one person's name to another. If a student transfers from one school to another, their membership can be switched to their new school at any time. Top

I cannot send you a check by November 1, what do I do?
 As long as your students are entered in the system, they are considered members. Enter the names and you will be okay. Top

Are my students eligible to compete if they missed the membership deadline?
 Students who join after the membership dues deadline will be eligible to compete in Open Events only. Top

 Is it too late to start a chapter this year?
 For the secondary division, the deadline for starting a chapter is in mid November. Check our calendar for the New Chapter Charter Deadline. We recommend that you obtain a local chapter handbook from If it’s too late to start a chapter this year, you can still review the new chapter handbook in order to prepare for joining next year. In addition, you may still attend our conferences and events as a guest by contacting us at 734.487.1700. Top

How do I start or reactivate a chapter?
 If you are a new chapter advisor, reactivating a previous chapter, please e-mail State Director Maurice S. Henderson at All others who are new chapters, obtain a new chapter advisor handbook by visiting The new chapter handbook will have all of the information you need in order to start or reactivate a chapter at your school. The earlier you start this process, the more successful your year will be. Top

Is there a training session I can attend to help learn how to start a chapter? 
 A new advisor training presentation is available for download at Top

 When is the deadline for submitting our Torch Awards application/résumé? 
 For deadlines and mailing addresses, go to our Torch Awards page by clicking here. Top

Where do I submit my Torch Awards application/résumé?
 For the submission instructions, go to our Torch Awards page by clicking here. Top

How far back can I claim activities in the Torch Awards Program? Can I start from when I first joined?
 Members can count all activities they participated in while a member of Business Professionals of America. For example, if a senior has been a member for four years, he/she can count activities done during those four years. This includes activities done during the summer. Top

How frequently can I claim a particular activity?
 The number in parentheses indicates the number of times an item can be used on the same résumé. As long as it is for different events, it can be used multiple times. Top

 Do the Torch Awards points carry over from one year to the next if I want to apply for the award again? 
Many chapters allow their members to apply for the same award a following year. Members may carry over a limited number of points in each category, but a majority of the points must be for new activities. NOTE: Students who have obtained their ambassador award in a previous school year must start over at zero points. Top

How do I find out why I was rejected for the Diplomat and/or Statesman Award?
 When the student logs on to their résumé online, he/she will see the reason the application was rejected. Advisors can also see the reason their student(s) résumé was rejected. Top

If I am rejected for the Diplomat Award may I still apply for the Statesman and/or Ambassador Award?
 If your application/submission for the Diplomat Award is rejected, you may still apply for the Statesman and/or Ambassador Award. Top


Do I have to receive the Statesman Award before I get the Ambassador?
 You do not have to receive the award from one level before applying for the next level. Members can apply for and receive the awards in any order they wish. Top

If I need assistance with administering the Torch Awards Program at my chapter, who can I contact?
 You can contact Nate Cradit via email at Top




Where do I find the guidelines for the state theme graphic and trading pin contests?
 The guidelines for these events are located in the Michigan Guidelines Supplement, which may be downloaded from Top

Are there any scholarships available to offset a student’s cost to attend the state leadership conference?
 Unfortunately there are no scholarships available for any members to attend the BPA Annual State Leadership Conference. Most schools have fundraisers and ask for donations from community businesses in order to help offset the cost. Top

What is the Merit Scholar test?
 The Merit Scholar test recognizes individual members and advisors for their knowledge of Business Professionals of America and motivates all members and advisors to learn as much as possible about the history, traditions, programs, and activities of the organization. Any dues-paid state member or advisor attending the state leadership conference is automatically registered to take this test. More specific details about this event can be found in the Michigan Guidelines Supplement, which is available for download from Top

How can I remain involved in BPA after graduation?
 Alumni members help at the various conferences as contest administrators, proctors, graders, judges, and more. In addition, alumni members are involved with assisting current members at the local chapter level. Membership in the alumni division is free to any and all past BPA members or anyone interested in volunteering to help at our events. For more information, contact Alumni Coodinator Maria Myers at Top