How to Join Toastmasters

This page describes how to join Toastmasters, what the age limit is, and the membership fees.

Attending meetings

If you wish to join a Toastmasters club, you can attend a club meeting for two or three sessions to get to know the club members and how the club works. 

Download and view our Visitor Pack from the links below for information about How Toastmasters Works.

When you are ready, a member of the club will invite you to join, or you can ask to join. You must then complete a Membership Application Form available from a club officer and pay the joining fee to the Club Treasurer.

When the club accepts your application and your fees, you are officially voted in as a member of the club.

Your membership application form is completed by a Club Officer, and you are registered with Toastmasters International in the United States along with payment of your fees.

Minimum age

To join Toastmasters, you must be at least 18 years of age. Proof of age may be requested.

Toastmasters Joining and Membership Fees

Every new member of Toastmasters pays a one-off joining fee and a monthly membership fee. This fee is non-refundable and non-transferrable.

The dues are:

  • New Member Fee: $20(US)
  • Membership Dues: $45(US) payable every six months (from 1 October 2016)

The fees, plus any club fees, are paid in New Zealand Dollars to the Club. 

Club Fees

Most clubs also have a club fee to help pay for running the club, including hall or room hire, refreshment supplies, and other club expenses.

In general, club fees are usually $15-$20 per month, however the fees do vary from club to club, so check with the Treasurer or Vice President Membership for the exact fees you will pay on joining.

After you join - getting started

In December 2017, Toastmasters New Zealand switched to the organisation's new educational system, called Pathways. After that point, new members start on that system.

The first thing you will receive is a letter of welcome, together with instructions on your first step. Your assigned mentor (or the Vice President of Education) is there to help answer the many questions you will have, and you will certainly benefit by reviewing the Pathways information pages. If you come across something that you feel is not explained well, just ask; the club is there to help you.

You may see members working with "Competent Communicator" and "Competent Leader" manuals; they are working on completing awards from the previous (legacy) education system, which will be valid until mid-2020. 

Speaking Programme

When your membership has been confirmed, your name will be placed on the club's forward speaking programme and your Icebreaker (4 page pdf) speech will be scheduled for delivery. This usually happens within a month of joining the club or at the next available opportunity.

Resources for new members

As a new member, you will have a Mentor to help you get started. This may be someone you choose, or someone who is assigned; in the short term, the Vice President of Education is the person to ask. You'll also have access to a wide range of Toastmasters resources, some of which you can purchase, and some may be available through your club.

You can participate in speech contests (subject to eligibility), and attend Toastmasters Conferences, Training Sessions, and Educational Workshops. Check our Events section for details of the current activities.

You'll receive "The Toastmaster" magazine delivered to your letterbox every month from Toastmasters International. This magazine is crammed full of interesting articles and news about Toastmasters all over the world.

Renewal of Fees

Ongoing membership fees are usually paid twice a year to Toastmasters International, in March and September.

Monthly clubs may have annual fees.

A new member joining a club will usually pay fees up until the next dues renewals date. 

Clubs usually issue an invoice about a month before the due date and you can pay the club in cash, by cheque, internet banking or whatever other arrangement you make with the club, such as monthly bank payments online.

Links to More Resources

You can download copies of the current Membership Application form (Form 400) by visiting www.toastmasters.org and searching on "Form 400", then taking the "Clubs within Districts" link. Please ensure you always use the current version.

For more information, please click the links below.

Types of Toastmaster Clubs

How Club Meetings Work

The Toastmasters Promise

Visitor Pack - Toastmasters New Zealand