Starting a New Student Chapter Toolkit

NAHB Student Chapters provide students with first-hand exposure to the real world of the building industry through NAHB membership, educational programming and networking opportunities. Student chapters can be created at both post-secondary and high school (secondary) levels.

Working with your local high schools and colleges to start an NAHB Student Chapter reaps tangible rewards for your members, participating students and your community. A student chapter provides mentoring opportunities, a potential new-employee pipeline for home builders and a way to give back to local academic institutions.

Where to start? Download the About NAHB Student Chapters presentation for your next board or general membership meeting to explain how Student Chapters work and how they benefit your HBA. You can also use it to explain the NAHB Student Chapter program to trades and construction management faculty.

Get the nuts and bolts of chapter formation by downloading this Starting a New Chapter Toolkit. And get the word out about your good works with this Student Chapters Promotional Video.

Checklist for Starting a New Chapter

An NAHB Student Chapter can be founded by a student, faculty member or HBA. To form one, you must complete the following steps:

Step One

  • Enlist a faculty advisor and recruit a group of interested students from the host school/college. There is no minimum or maximum requirement for the number of student members. 
  • Seek sponsorship from your local HBA. Your local association must sign the affiliation agreement form and agree to be involved with your school. Find your local HBA.

Step Two

Complete and submit the Student Chapter Application for Affiliation. Email the signed form to

Step Three

Download and complete the Student Chapter Roster Form.

Print the completed student roster and submit it and your check payment to either of these addresses:

NAHB (Lockbox)
PO Box 759281
Baltimore, MD 21275-9281

NAHB (Membership Accounting)
1201 15th Street, NW, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20005


  • Four-Year and Two-Year Programs: $25.00 per student
  • High School and Secondary Programs: $5.00 per student


Greg Zick
Zach Riley