General FAQ’s

What is NTHS?

NTHS is the acknowledged leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in career and technical education. Thousands of schools and colleges are affiliated with the Society. Member schools agree that NTHS encourages higher scholastic achievement, cultivates a desire for personal excellence, and helps top students find success in today’s highly competitive workplace.


How much does it cost to charter?

There is no fee for schools to charter. Simply submit the online application, found under Advisor Resources from the main menu and we’ll help you get started!


Who can charter?

High schools, technical institutes, two and four year colleges that offer career and technical programs.


How do I charter?

Just fill out the charter application after the head of your institution approves your participation. There is no cost to your school to establish a charter. If you have questions completing the electronic form, please call 800-801-7090.

What qualifying standards are used to select students?

National Required Standards

  • The NTHS Advisor and school administration may choose to apply either an overall 3.0 GPA, (unweighted), from the student’s entire academic record, and/or require a 3.0 GPA specifically for their Career and Technical education (CTE) pathway. Whichever is chosen, the requirement must be documented and consistent across all students, emphasizing focus on a high standard of achievement and skill development, not solely on a student’s academic record.
  • The student member candidate must be focused on a CTE pathway or major.

Additional Suggested Standards

Is there a deadline for inducting students?

NTHS accepts school registration submissions all year. Many secondary school chapters induct seniors in the fall and juniors in the spring to allow time to apply for scholarships prior to graduating. The NTHS Jon H. Poteat scholarship enrollment period opens September 1st of each calendar year and closes midnight May 1st of the following year.


What does it take to be an advisor?

The role of an advisor is important, yet the steps are easy. Identify students who meet your criteria, invite them to an informational meeting, enter their information online, and hold a simple induction ceremony. We provide a checklist of what to cover at the meeting as well as a script to use at the induction. We are here to help you every step of the way.


Have more questions?
Get more answers! Call Carol Kaczmarek at 800-801-7090 or email

Advisor FAQ’s

How do I log in?

Click on Login at the top of the page and enter your full email address affiliated with your chapter. Enter your password if you know it, otherwise use the Forgot Password function to generate a new one.


What is the cost of student membership and what do they receive?

The one-time membership fee is $30. Included will be a custom certificate, custom black bi-fold portfolio, member pin, diploma seal, window decal and white graduation tassel with the NTHS drop. Each member will receive a Welcome Email from NTHS, outlining how to log into their portal to print their ID card and general letter of recommendation with the current date.

Additional benefits include requesting up to three custom letters of recommendation and eligibility to apply for scholarships!

How do I enter new members?

Log in and choose the tile “Register Members”. Follow the steps to complete the electronic application.


How much are shipping charges?

On membership: We do not charge ground shipping for memberships; however a flat $10.00 processing charge will be implemented on all membership orders. This fee is per invoice, not per member. We encourage you to complete your registration process for as many members as possible at one time. You may enter names at intervals and then process all at once. If you would like your shipment sent air, additional charges will be applied. On merchandise: Shipping charges are calculated at checkout, depending on the total amount of your order. If expedited shipping is requested, charges will be applied at final checkout.


How long does it take to receive my order?

Generally, allow about a two week turnaround from the date your order is placed online to actual induction or graduation ceremony. We will ship well within that time frame, allowing time for you to prepare the materials. When you choose the Date Needed at checkout, enter the date you need the order delivered by, allowing processing and transit times.


How do I request certificate reprints?

Advisors can request certificate reprints by logging into the NTHS Portal and clicking on the “Reprints” tile. Select the number of reprints you desire, and then list the members’ names to be reprinted in the “Order Notes” field on the checkout page. The cost is $3 per certificate reprint and includes postage. The new certificate(s) will be mailed to the school to be signed by the advisor before distribution to the NTHS Member(s).

If you are requesting a new certificate because of an incorrect name or misspelling, advisors should update their students’ names on their Student Member Roster within the NTHS Portal by clicking on the “Student Member Roster” tile.

Students can also update their name and contact information by logging into the NTHS Portal and clicking on the Profile Update icon in the left menu.

How do students get Letters of Recommendation and apply for scholarships?

NTHS student member Letters of Recommendation will be mailed directly to a potential employer, an admissions registrar or a scholarship committee. Members will need to log in as current NTHS members. After successful login, the Student Menu is located on the welcome page. Students are able to request custom letters of recommendation and apply for scholarships by clicking the appropriate link on the Student Menu.


How do I plan my induction ceremony?

As soon as your induction and ceremonial materials arrive, please open immediately to be sure you have accurately received all requested items. You may format your own significant ceremony or log into the secure advisor help desk and check out the sample induction script and ceremony tips.


What do I do with completed student applications?

Keep the applications on hand for your records. We will have all information in your account database once you’ve completed the online registration.


What is the difference between a Student Member and an Honorary Member?

An NTHS Student Member is a student currently enrolled in school who has been nominated to be inducted into NTHS. An NTHS Honorary Member is an individual or organization in your community or at your school who has been instrumental in supporting your NTHS members.


How does my school pay for online orders?
When logged into the secure advisor section to submit orders through the online shopping cart, the payment option choices include purchase order or credit card. If you will be paying with a school check, please choose Purchase Order and enter N/A or the word “check” in the next required field. We will mail an invoice to your A/P Dept. with Net 30 Terms to remit payment. NTHS no longer accepts personal checks. We do accept money orders, school checks, Master Card, Visa, Discover & Amex for payment. Finance charges of 1.5% per month will be added to all past due balances. Statements of Account are mailed or emailed once a month. If you have bookkeeping questions, please contact our accounting department.

To pay an outstanding invoice by credit card, click here.

Member FAQ’s

How do I log in?

Click ‘Log in’ at the top of the page and enter the user name, (the email address entered when registered), which is printed on your membership card. A link to create a password was sent to your email address. If you do not know your password, use the Forgot Password function and a link to create a new one will be emailed.


What if I forgot my Login ID and/or Password?

Click on “Forgot Password” at Login and follow the prompt to have the information sent to your accurate email address


What is the difference between a Student Member and an Alumni Member?

An NTHS Student Member is one who is enrolled at the school in which they were initially inducted. Should they attend another NTHS affiliated school, their membership may be transferred at no charge. An Alumni Member is a previously inducted member who, upon graduation, automatically becomes a general Alumni Member. Alumni members may upgrade their membership for $25/year, to the NTHS Premium Alumni Membership, to apply for NTHS Alumni scholarship opportunities and request custom letters of recommendation.


How do I get my Letters of Recommendation?

Log in and go to Letters of Recommendation. As often as you wish, you may print and save the general letter of recommendation for your portfolio, with the current date. You may request up to 3 custom letters for a potential employer, an admissions counselor or a scholarship committee. Letters are mailed directly from the national office to the person’s attention to whom the letter is addressed.


What payment method is used for individual online catalog orders?

Individual orders may pay with either a credit card (MC, VISA, AMEX), or a Debit Card that has the MC or VISA logo.


What "ship to" address should I use?

Please enter an address sufficient for shipments sent via UPS or USPS.


How much are shipping charges?

Shipping charges will be applied at checkout, based on the amount of purchase and destination.


How do I track my order?

When placing your order, be sure to include a valid e-mail address. UPS will send a shipment confirmation e-mail, including your tracking number, in order for you to track the shipment.

Jon H. Poteat Scholarship FAQ’s

Who is eligible to apply for the JHP Scholarship?

The Jon H. Poteat Scholarship is reserved exclusively for active NTHS members. Students are considered active members from the date they join until 6 months after their graduation date.


What is the total number and value of the JHP Scholarship?

This year, NTHS will award 250 Jon H. Poteat scholarships. Each Jon H. Poteat Scholarship is a one-time payment of one thousand dollars to the accredited school/program of choice.


How do I complete the JHP Scholarship application?

The JHP application does not require an essay or letter of recommendation submission. After logging in and clicking on the JHP application link, your pre-filled application form will load. To complete the application, you will:

  1. Log in as a current member.
  2. Click on the NTHS Scholarships tile.
  3. Read and agree to the JHP disclaimer.
  4. Click “Apply Now” button.
What if I don't know my login credentials?
  • Username: The email address entered during registration and listed on NTHS membership card.
  • Password: Use the Forgot Password function at the top of our website to receive an email with a one-time link to reset your password and log in.
What is the Jon H. Poteat Scholarship timeline?
  • Application open: September 1
  • Application deadline: May 1
  • Recipient notification: May 15
How are the JHP recipients selected?

We believe that all NTHS members are qualified scholarship candidates. The Jon H. Poteat Scholarship recipients are chosen randomly by computer software. NTHS also offers a number of merit scholarships. For a complete list of scholarship offerings, please visit our scholarship page.