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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.

Being part of IFT and IFT Foundations efforts to build a better tomorrow by strengthening the number and quality of food scientists is both challenging and rewarding. It’s one way I can repay the profession which has aided my career.

John Ruff
IFT Past President
John Ruff