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 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.

New Member Kit

The New Member Kit provided by Toastmasters International has the Competent Communication and Competent Leadership Manuals in it.

When you have completed each manual, you will be awarded the Competent Communicator and Competent Leader Awards. 

You can work on both manuals at the same time, or each one independently.

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 may be assigned a Mentor to help you get started. 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, Conventions 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

Types of Toastmaster Clubs

How Club Meetings Work

The Toastmasters Promise

Visitor Pack - Toastmasters New Zealand

Toastmasters International Membership Form (online pdf)