Individual Membership FAQs

Who can be an individual member of DRBF?
DRBF members include all manner of Dispute Board (DB) users or those who are interested in the DB process. Our membership consists of owner representatives, contractors, professional service consultants, DB practitioners and others.

I'm not sure what membership level I should select. Can you help me choose?
The DRBF recommends that if you are actively serving on boards, or are a licensed professional in your field, you select the Licensed Professional/Dispute Board Practitioner level or higher. If you have not yet served on a board and are interested in first learning what the DRBF is about, we would recommend the Basic level. Additionally, the DRBF offers membership levels available exclusively for those residing in Emerging Market economies as defined by the World Bank, as well as for Students.

Is my membership renewal due on the anniversary of my join date, or is the membership term based on the calendar year? Do I pay the full amount of dues for the first year, or a prorated amount?
DRBF membership terms are based on the calendar year. Your membership period is good for the year in which you purchase membership. Memberships purchased after September 15 will apply to the following calendar year, but you will gain access to membership benefits immediately.

What forms of payment do you accept for our membership?
Membership payment can be made via check, credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover), and wire transfer. Please make checks payable to DRBF. We also have an auto-renewal option, which requires a credit card.

I'm ready to join the DRBF. How do I join?
Joining is easy! Take advantage of the following ways to sign up for an organization membership:

  • Join online. Use our online form to Join Now.
  • Call or email our Membership Coordinator Kimberly Peterson at +1 (206) 715-9319 (Pacific Time USA) or [email protected].

I recently joined the DRBF. When will I begin to receive information and materials such as the Forum and eNewsletter communications?
Members who pay by credit card will have access to members-only resources immediately. For members who pay by check, it may take up to two weeks to gain access to benefits. The Forum and eNewsletters are typically published on a quarterly schedule. Depending on when you join, it may take 8-10 weeks to receive these publications. Past editions of the Forum are available in the online document library.

I have recently retired from active DB work, but wish to maintain my relationship with the DRBF. Does the DRBF offer a retired membership option?
Yes. The DRBF's Emeritus membership is available to members in good standing who are transitioning to retirement and have been involved with DRBF for at least five years.

Are my DRBF membership dues tax-deductible?
DRBF dues are tax deductible as a charitable contribution for U.S. federal income tax purposes. The DRBF is a registered 501(c)3 organization as defined by the US Government. Tax ID is 39-1819007.