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Professional Member

Criteria for Professional Membership

An IFT Member who meets IFT's education, training, and experience requirements may apply for Professional Membership.

Apply for Professional Membership Online

Download Professional Membership Application (PDF)


The requirements are:

  • A Bachelors, higher degree, or equivalent, in disciplines associated with food science and technology from a recognized teaching institution
  • Five (5) years of professional experience in food science and technology, for which a Master's degree or equivalent may be presented in lieu of one year's experience, or a Doctorate degree in lieu of three (3) years experience


  • Any non-food science related bachelors or higher degree, or equivalent, from a recognized teaching institution
  • Ten (10) years of documented contributions to the profession and, if applicable, IFT

To apply for Professional Member status in IFT, please download the Professional Member application at the link above, complete the form, and return it to IFT for review and approval.

Not yet an IFT Member?

Join as a regular member and then apply for the Professional Member distinction.

Membership in IFT has provided a way to keep up with my friends and colleagues from various stages in my career as well as providing a venue for meeting new ones.

Julie Ruder
Quality Assurance Specialist
Bay Valley Foods
Julie Ruder