NACE offers a variety of member benefits to assist you in advancing your career. Click here for details about NACE Member Benefits.

You are invited to join NACE via our on-line membership application. Payment can be made on-line using VISA, MasterCard, or American Express. The payment processing is a secure on-line processing system.

The on-line application features membership with NACE for these categories:

New Primary Member: Catering or Convention Services Director or Manager, Event Manager, Food and Beverage Manager, Banquet Manager, Off-Premise Caterer Owner/Manager/Staff or any other title whose position entails menu planning, event sales and planning, or event management for hotels, clubs, corporate facilities, colleges and universities, or any food service/hospitality venue or business.

New Affiliate Member: Purveyors of products and services to or from NACE Primary members, such as florists, photographers, linens, balloons, equipment rental, supplies, staffing, tableware, uniforms, entertainment/DJ, computer software, audio visual, publishing, etc.

Membership Fee: Your first year membership with NACE is $395.00. This includes a first-year initiation fee ($50), and membership in one local chapter. If there is not a local chapter in your area, your membership will be 'At-Large'. Additional Chapters can be added for $50.00 each; Primary or Affiliate membership is required.

Note: Corporate Membership (provides involvement at the chapter level for national supplier/vendor corporations through participation of local national representatives) and Student membership (proof of full time student enrollment in a industry hospitality program required) information and applications are available by contacting the NACE Headquarters office at (410) 290-5410 or email.

If you do not wish to pay by credit card on-line, you may download the NACE Membership brochure and application, print, and fax or mail to NACE Headquarters.

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.

Young Professional Membership

This membership is limited to those individuals under 25 years of age who are employed or self-employed in or who supply the catering, event, or hospitality industries and who have paid any fees or dues required for this membership. They may vote in chapter elections, may hold any office for which they are eligible, and serve on committees.


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.