Chapter FAQs

Who can form a chapter?

Any AARST member may form a chapter.

What is the process for starting a chapter?

Local AARST members must petition the Board of Directors in order to gain approval for the formation of a new chapter. Once approval is obtained, the new chapter can elect officers and establish the chapter as a legal entity. See How to Form a Chapter for more detailed information.

What’s the advantage of participating in a chapter?

The chapter gives you the opportunity to be informed about regional issues, events, and opportunities in the industry.  Many chapters focus on improving the health of their local communities by expanding radon awareness and advocating for legislative and policy changes. Some chapters provide quality, inexpensive training on all the latest radon topics, enabling you to fulfill continuing education requirements.

Can any person join a chapter?

AARST members are automatically members of the chapter where they live. To participate in a chapter, a person must be an AARST member.

How do we find other members who might want to join a chapter?

Contact the AARST Membership Coordinator for assistance at

Can more than one chapter serve the same community?

In general, members in each state are served by one chapter. If a chapter cannot manage its assigned area, then a second chapter would be considered.

Can organizations join a chapter?

No. Chapters are comprised of individual members. Multiple AARST members from an organization may join the chapter.

Do chapters charge dues?

No. National dues cover the chapter membership.

Do chapters charge for their meetings and if so, how much?

Meeting fees vary with each chapter.

How often do Chapters meet?

Chapters must meet at least once a year; however, many meet more frequently. 

Do the chapters have a voice at the national level?

Yes. The president of the chapter (or a delegate) serves as a voting member of AARST’s Chapter Council. The Chapter Council has two elected members with voting rights that represent the chapters during AARST Board Meetings.

Are volunteer opportunities available?

There are many volunteer opportunities in a chapter. Volunteering gives you the chance to develop your leadership skills while serving in your local community.