Memberships are inclusive of a national membership and one local chapter membership.

Professional Members: 
These members are currently employed or self-employed in, or who supply the catering, event, or hospitality industries. Professors and teachers of accredited, college level courses relating to the catering, special events and hospitality industries may also join. Professional members may vote in chapter and NACE national elections, hold any office in which they meet the required criteria and serve on committees. Professional members will be assigned to a chapter in their geographic area or, if no chapter exists in their location, the member will be considered a member-at-large. 

Student Membership

This membership is available to individuals enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college or university hospitality undergraduate or graduate program. Student Members may serve on committees, but they may not vote, hold office, or serve on the Board of Directors. This membership 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 member provides annual proof of the full-time enrollment qualification. 


This membership category is made available to businesses with three or more people at the same company and same location. A discount is provided for multiple members at a location. The company must maintain at least three members at all times. 

Honorary Membership

Honorary Membership is bestowed on an individual in recognition of lifetime achievement in the catering field. 

Membership Replacement

Membership in NACE is non-transferable and is the property of who pays the membership dues. Members replacing a member at a location will be considered the new member and the previous employee is considered a transitional member. The new member will take over the membership, including the paid through date, and the transitional member will have 90 days to reinstate their membership fees. Reinstatement fees will not be assessed up to 90 days and the transitional member will have member privileges for 90 days. Please contact the NACE membership department with questions regarding NACE membership replacement.   


From student to business owner, company affiliate to employee, NACE offers a membership category that fits exactly where you are in your career.