Currently, IF you are already a member of an Association, when you get to that tutorial step it is automatically completed. This was an improvement made not long ago.
I have spotted another similar improvement that needs made. I have purchased every piece or Era1 Male "clothing" (hats hair classes, etc. all categories), and as such cannot complete that task in teh tutorial for my free production series voucher. We need some sort of auto complete for this section as well so we are not stuck keeping the tutorial around for 2 weeks to complete the last task in Era2, and eventually waiting to Era3 and so on.