Why Join

NACE offers a variety of member benefits to assist you in advancing your career. Click here for details about NACE Member Benefits.

You are invited to join NACE HERE. Payment can be made on-line using VISA, MasterCard, or American Express. The payment processing is a secure on-line processing system.

NACE offers a variety of membership types to help fit your needs and level of experience.

All national memberships include one local chapter membership. Additional chapters may be added for $50/chapter. Memberships are renewable annually based on anniversary date.

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The on-line application features membership with NACE for these categories:

Professional*: For individuals who are employed in the catering, event, or hospitality industries. Annual Dues $415.

Corporate: Available to businesses with three or more people at the same billing address. The company must maintain at least three members at all times. Approval is required. Contact [email protected] to apply. Annual Dues $315 Per Employee

Legacy: Current members who are at least 60 years old and who have maintained membership for at least 15 consecutive years. Please email [email protected] to confirm eligibility. Annual Dues $220

Non-profit: Full-time employees of non-profit501(c)3, (c)4, (c)5 and (c)6 organizations.Proof of non-profit status is required with application. Note: 501(c)7 NOT eligible. Annual Dues $330

Student: Available to individuals enrolled as a full-time or part-time student in an accredited college or university hospitality undergraduate or graduate program. Please note – you must upload documentation upon joining.. Annual Dues $55

Young Professional: Individuals 18- 26 years of age and under who are employed or self-employed in or who supply the catering, event, or hospitality industries. Please note – you must upload a copy of your ID upon joining. Annual Dues $255

* Professional membership is our default membership type. All other types are discounted based on the criteria listed in each description.

Should you have additional questions please contact the national Membership Department at [email protected]


When you join NACE, you immediately become part of an extended family, there to help you with all your business and career needs. You immediately have a long list of member benefits at your fingertips-most only a mouse click or phone call away. From more than 40 local chapter meetings across the country to the premiere industry annual conference, from exclusive professional certification to monthly news and trends reports, you gain access to valuable tools and resources designed to move you to exactly where you want to go.

Outstanding Networking Opportunities: Let NACE help you build your professional network. National conferences and seminars, local chapter events, member directories, leadership training - these and more offer our members the chance to network with colleagues, experts, and professionals from their own and related industries.

Relevant Educational Services: You have the chance to attend national and local NACE seminars, often offered through local NACE chapters, and all designed to ensure you stay up to date with what's going on in your industry.

More than 40 Chapters Nationwide: Your local NACE chapter gives you the chance to learn, share and grow with colleagues close to home. Chapter involvement offers peer-to-peer idea sharing, opportunities to build professional relationships, and the chance to hear the latest industry news-in addition to giving you access to nationally known speakers and high quality educational programs tailored to your interests and locale.

Experience! Annual Conference: The finest national showcase of industry trends in catering and event design! Each summer, nationally recognized speakers and catering and event professionals bring the year's innovations in menu planning, food preparation, entertainment, event planning and décor to the NACE conference. It's your opportunity to learn new skills, meet and network with colleagues, build your career, and gain the experience you need to advance in your profession.

Certified Professional in Catering and Events Certification: Available to all hospitality professionals, the CPCE certification is the best in its class and members achieving this certification are consistently recognized as the best in the industry. Course materials, research and tests are kept on the industry's cutting edge, so candidates are assured of receiving the most critical, up-to-date information available. As of May 2007, NACE has contracted with the University of Central Florida to revise this program. The newly-revised certification program will be based on seven core content areas, which will reflect practitioner competencies required in the industry, as well as strategic elements for the future. To learn more and apply please click here.

Online Membership Directory: Looking for colleagues in your state? Interested in partnering with compatible businesses? Hunting up old friends you met at that last NACE seminar? Search for members by chapter, state, or type of business using the on-line NACE Membership Directory.

Consumer Directory: Reach more potential customers through the Consumer Directory, a web service allowing consumers to search on-line for caterers, florists, photographers, venues and other event suppliers. Only NACE members can list their services here.

NACE e-News Network: Don't miss an event! Stay up-to-date on the latest NACE events and news with our regular monthly e-news, featuring educational opportunities and industry news and events.

NACE Idea Swaps: NACE members have an all access pass to participate in these monthly members only webinars. Each month, you have the opportunity to discuss issues, share best practices and nationally network with colleagues in your area of interest including Small Business Owners, Event Planners, On-Premise Caterers, Off-Premise Caterers, etc. Contact Joanne Kim for details.

NACE Trends Report: NACE conducts member surveys to analyze industry trends and hot topics that help you stay ahead of the curve in your business. New NACE Trends Reports are sent to all members electronically on a regular basis.

Leadership Summits: Getting involved with NACE on any level can result in a big pay off. Chapter Presidents and other local NACE volunteer leaders are eligible to attend NACE Leadership Summits, annual training and educational sessions with the NACE Board of Directors.

Awards program: Be recognized among your peers! The NACE One Awards Program honors the outstanding achievements and contributions, as well as the vision and inspiration, of our members at an annual gala and in industry publications.

Catersource Magazine: NACE members will receive a complimentary subscription to catersource Magazine, published by Catersource Magazine, Conference & Tradeshow.

Career Opportunities: Through the NACE job board, post your resume or find your next position to advance your career.

The NACE Advantage Program: Companies with special business offers to NACE members are listed here. Companies such as Staples, Fed Ex Shipping, and have some excellent values.