Discounts & Special Offers For User Groups

There are several user group programs that will give your members discounts on various products – a benefit of their membership in your group. Many of the book programs also have review programs and more. All of the companies have logos or banners they would like displayed on your group’s website with a link to their website.

APCUG is not a part of, nor a representative of any manufacturer, product, reseller, dealer, consultant, or business. The organization does not endorse or recommend any individual vendors, products, or services. The links to the below sites are for informational purposes only.

Training Programs

Webucator’s Microsoft Office UG Program
UG Contact: Dave Dunn –
Webucator offers training certificates for your members. They will provide your group with one training certificate for each member.

Book Programs

Focal Press User Group Program – 40% Discount
UG contact: Sarah Collins –
Enroll in the program:
Focal Press has a dynamic partnership program that connects FP with the best and the brightest user groups, Meetup groups, and professional associations across the world.

What are the benefits?

  • two free books of your choice each month to be used as giveaways at meetings
  • 25% discount plus free shipping code for user group managers to pass on to their members
  • review books as requested (new program – order up to 3 books at a time – reviews due within 90 days)
  • request an author as a guest speaker at user group meetings
  • chapter samples that can be shared with members

What is the exchange?

  • mention FP benefits at user group meetings
  • logo or banner on user group website
  • post book reviews on

When you register, you agree to receive monthly correspondences from Focal Press which includes member benefit updates, new content that can be shared with members, as well as new product announcements.

  • Focal Press defines a user group as an organization (5+ users) that connects with one another either face-to-face or virtually for a creative purpose. They require that there be one point of contact between the user group and Focal Press.

NoStarch User Group Program – 30%
UG Contact:
Send them an E-mail and you will receive a Discount Code. Additional discount on orders of 10+ books.

Peachpit Press User Group Program – Discounted Shopping
Enroll in the program:
Peachpit represents an elite collection of the world’s leading computer book imprints specializing in graphics and design, including their flagship, Peachpit Press, as well as New Riders, Adobe Press, Apple Certified, among others.

Pearson / Que / Informit / Sams Program – 35% Discount
Enroll in the program:
Their program represents well-known Pearson technology brands such as Addison-Wesley Professional, Cisco Press, Exam Cram, IBM Press, Prentice Hall Professional, Que Publishing, and Sams Publishing.
In an effort to assist qualifying technology user groups, Pearson Education imprints support you in educating your group members and building membership attendance. The Pearson Education User Group Program offers great discounts, contests, and a common place to find resources and information about the latest tools and materials available on key technology topics.

What Qualifies a User Group?
User groups are typically volunteer, not-for-profit organizations, or special interest groups. Companies and colleges are not included in the program. While they appreciate outside interest in their program, they respectively request that only leaders of legitimate user groups apply.

To qualify, groups must have:

  • Active membership of 10 or more people
  • Valid and active website for shared information
  • Regular online or face-to-face meetings

They request that group leaders relay product information and materials to all group members and provide attendance levels and/or contact information (members’ e-mail addresses) to help raise awareness of available promotional offerings.

WILEY User Group Program – Special Discounts, Wiley technology titles
UG Contact: Lorna Mein,
Enroll in the program:
User Group Leaders — take the first step in joining the Wrox community. Sign up your user group today. We will use the information you provide to inform you of new book announcements, information about our authors, and ways for you to announce upcoming events to the Wrox community.

Door Prizes, review copies, giveaways, and more.

McGraw Hill Review Program
Jared Wright, Associate Director of Marketing
Technical | Professional Group McGraw-Hill Professional
Twitter @MHComputing & @GreenTech

Vendor Discount Programs

gene-linda-barlowUser Group Relations – Gene and Linda Barlow / /
UGR offers a ½ price discount on Acronis’ Backup Utility, Acronis True Image Home 2015 for Windows and Mac, and Acronis’ Partitioning Utility, Acronis Disk Director 11 Home. Visit to purchase the software at a discounted price of $25/each.
Their special discount prices are available only to user group members and their guests. If you are not a member of a user group, they encourage you to find and attend a user group meeting in your area. They list many user groups in the User Groups section of their web site.

GostischaAvast! – Bob Gostischa – Security Seminars / Special Purchase Links
Avast offers a 40% discount to members of user groups who have had an Avast presentation.  See above URL.
You will find instructions to successfully install avast! and other helpful links and tips at:

Sticky150Sticky Passwords

APCUG is pleased to announce that Sticky Passwords has created a landing page on their website that will give APCUG members a 40% discount on their Pro password protection program: 1 user / 1 year: $11.99 – 1 user / Lifetime: $41.99