Membership Grades

There are several grades of membership in PES and IEEE.

Read below and follow the links to the left to learn more about the different grades of membership.


Nearly two-thirds of PES members fall into this category of membership. Practicing engineers and academics that have not met or applied for Senior Member are in this category. 
Learn more about PES Member benefits >

Student Member

Students are eligible for the Student Member grade. Student members pay reduced fees for membership, and often receive discounts and special support at PES conferences and events.
Learn more about PES Student Membership >

Graduate Student Member

Our graduate students fall into the Graduate Student Member grade. They are eligible for the same discounts as Student Members, but the Graduate Student Member grade reflects the advanced nature of their studies. Graduate students are also eligible for a free first year of PES membership.
Learn more about PES Graduate Student Membership >

Senior Member

The Senior Member grade is a granted by the IEEE. Senior member is the highest grade for which IEEE members can apply. IEEE members can self-nominate, or be nominated, for Senior member grade.
Learn more about becoming a Senior Member >

Life Member

A special IEEE membership designation given to individuals based on years of IEEE membership and their age.
Learn more about IEEE Life Member Status >


IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation.
Learn more about becoming an IEEE Fellow >

Affiliate Member

Affiliate members are PES members that are not IEEE members. They do not receive IEEE benefits, but receive PES benefits.
Learn more about becoming a PES Affiliate Member >

Once you've joined PES you can download your membership certificate.

Step 1

Log into Collabratec

Step 2

Click on your name in the top right of the screen and select “Member Certificates” from the drop-down menu.

Step 3

From the "Member Certificates" page, click on the “Download PDF” link to the right of “IEEE Power & Energy Society Membership”.

Step 4

Open the PDF and print it. Proudly display in your workplace.