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Professional Member

New IFT Membership Offerings Launch this September

Recognizing the evolving needs of our members, earlier this year IFT cast a membership vote on launching a new membership structure. The new membership structure provides membership options more directly in line with the needs of members, including more affordable and internationally accessible options for IFT’s growing community. Passed by 89% of voting members, IFT’s new membership offerings will launch in mid-September 2017.

What Does This Mean for Professional Membership?

Professional Membership will no longer be offered, and Professional Members will transition to the new Premier Membership category. We are currently working on developing a recognition program to recognize the contributions, dedication, and engagement of members that will launch in early 2018.

Professional Membership applications will no longer be accepted after August 1, 2017.

Learn more at http://www.ift.org/membership/new-membership-model.aspx.


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.

“I need the food science community to help me do my work… and they're all here at IFT.”

Michelle Perchonok
Michele Perchonok