The NTHS recognizes members who excel in academics, with an emphasis on technical education, leadership, and service to their school and community. The goal of the society is to see that deserving technical students are recognized and that people of the community become aware of the talents and abilities of the young people who choose technical education pathways to a successful future.
In order to qualify for membership, students need to maintain an overall grade point average of 3.33 in all of their academic classes. In addition, students must also maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 in all technical courses and have taken, or be in the process of completing, their second CTE course. A commitment to community service, as well as a commitment to the continued pursuit of a technical education, must be demonstrated.