At the seventh and eighth grade level, any student who is taking technology, home and career skills, or a course offered by the Business Education Department, is eligible to join the State Association.
Any student in New York State in grades 7-12 is considered an active member who initially became an FBLA member while enrolled in a business and marketing education course.
Each local chapter shall have an adviser who shall be a faculty member who is teaching a business or business-related course. A local chapter may have as many special emphasis groups under the chapter charter as it deems necessary to meet the interests of all students. The local chapter of FBLA shall assume all responsibility for coordination the program for these interests groups.
FBLA-PBL is made up of four (4) membership divisions. These include:
FBLA-Middle Level– Membership in this division is open to students in grades 5-9 who are seeking career exploration opportunities and who accept the purpose of FBLA, subscribe to its creed, and demonstrate willingness to contribute to meaningful school community relations.
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)– Membership in this division is open to students in grades 9-12, enrolled in a business or business- related course, who accept the purpose of FBLA, subscribe to its creed, demonstrate willingness to contribute to meaningful school-community relations, and possess qualities for employment.
Phi Beta Lambda (PBL)– Membership is open to post secondary students pursuing degrees in a business or business-related field who accept the purpose of PBL, subscribe to its creed, and possess qualities for employment.
Professional Division– Professional membership is open to all individuals interested in promoting the goals established by the association. Such members may include former members, employers, educators, parents, businesspersons, community leaders, and any other persons contributing to the growth and development of the association and its members.