BECOME A MEMBER TODAY!
More than 45 chapters across North America provide peer-to-peer networking and allow you to make professional contacts in your industry and within your specialty.
Experience is the most valuable industry conference in our profession. Industry leaders, chefs, caterers, designers and event professionals come together to teach, learn, see and taste the most up-to-the-minute trends in our industry. NACE Education offers self-paced online courses on the core concepts of the catering and events industry.
The Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE) designation is the most widely respected professional certification in the industry. Employers, peers and clients see CPCE as a mark of accomplishment, credibility and trust.
Being a member of NACE means growth as a leader. Getting involved with NACE means members practice valuable skills that they take to their own businesses.
INDUSTRY RESOURCES AND RECOGNITION
LOCAL CHAPTER EXPOSURE
Members who sponsor events have the opportunity to be recognized by the entire chapter. Click here for more information on sponsorship opportunities.
REFER A FRIEND
Members who refer a friend can get $50 off their NACE Membership Fee when they renew. Click here for more info.
BECOME A MEMBER
NACE offers a variety of membership types to help fit your needs and level of experience. Dues include a national and one local chapter membership. Memberships are renewable annually based on anniversary date. Memberships are non-refundable.
Corporate membership is available to employees of businesses who maintain a minimum of three professional memberships. This membership category is made available to businesses with three or more people at the same company and same location or same accounting home. The company must maintain at least three members at all times.
Legacy membership allows dedicated NACE members to receive a discounted annual rate as reward and recognition for years of membership and dedication to the industry. To apply, you must be a current member in good standing, have been a member for at least 15 years, and be 60 years old or older.
Student Membership is limited to individuals enrolled as a full-time or part-time student in a post-secondary educational program who intend to begin a career in the catering and events industry.
The student rate is available for no more than five (5) years in an undergraduate academic program and no more than three (3) in a graduate program, as long as the student provides annual proof of enrollment.
While NACE membership belongs to whomever pays the membership dues, if a membership is paid by a company, the company may choose to transfer the time remaining on the membership from one employee to another. The employee who is replaced is considered to be a prospective member (but keeps their original id#) and the new member will be assigned a new profile # with all of the time from the original member. There must be at least 90 days remaining on the original membership to qualify for the transfer. Applies to professional memberships and corporate memberships only. To request a replacement, please complete the Membership Replacement Form.
THE FINE PRINT...
- All NACE memberships are individual and held specifically in the name of the member.
- Memberships are inclusive of a national membership and one local chapter membership. Additional local chapter membership is available at $50 each.
- If no chapter exists near the member, the member will be considered "at-large."
- Memberships are non-refundable.
- Student members may serve on committees, but they may not vote, hold office or serve on the Board of Directors.
MONTHLY LOCAL CHAPTER EVENTS
Join us for our monthly events. We meet the first Tuesday of every month in a variety of new and amazing locations. Our programs are informative, laid back and fun!
EVOLVE CONFERENCE (LEADERSHIP TRAINING)
Because local chapters are the essence of NACE, the association invests time and money to ensure that chapter leaders are trained to perform their duties. Each January, NACE conducts a Leadership Conference, where chapter presidents, and other local leaders join the NACE Executive Committee for three days of training and educational sessions.
EXPERIENCE (NACE EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE)
A highlight of NACE is the Educational Conference held each summer. It is the largest event in the world dedicated exclusively to the professional caterer and industry suppliers. Nationally recognized speakers and catering professionals present a comprehensive educational program. Exciting social events showcase the best and brightest in menu planning, food preparation, service, presentation and decorations. Equally important are the contacts you develop with your peers and the ongoing networking resources that you take home.
In addition to the training and educational opportunities available at the chapter and national levels, NACE members may demonstrate their commitment to professionalism and integrity by earning the designation and of Certified Professional Catering Executive (CPCE). NACE members who achieve CPCE status represent the best in the catering profession. Details about CPCE criteria, study materials, test dates and locations, and exam fees are available from NACE national headquarters.
On an annual basis, NACE provides its members with a powerful national networking tool - A compilation of membership information arranged in three sections: alphabetically by chapter, alphabetically by up to three specialties and cross-referenced by last name. In addition, members may also request member roster updates, at no charge, throughout their membership year.
THE FOUNDATION OF NACE
In 1985, NACE created the Foundation of NACE to further the association's positive impact in educating future catering professionals at the university level. The Foundation awards grants to established catering courses and degree programs in college curricula. Recent recipients of NACE Foundation grants are Florida International University, University of Nevada at Las Vegas and Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston. Through the Foundation, NACE is helping universities and colleges recognize the importance of culinary degrees. For more information about the Foundation, visit its website, www.nace.net/give.
NACE established an annual awards program to honor its members' highest achievements and outstanding contributions to the catering profession. Winners are recognized at a gala awards ceremony held during the Educational Conference, as well as through articles in Catering Solutions and industry press releases.
FIND A NACE CHAPTER
Learn, share, and grow with colleagues close to home. All NACE members who live in areas with a local chapter receive both national and chapter memberships when joining.