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More questions about IACP, the benefits of membership, or how to sign up or renew? Get a quick rundown of the facts here. 

Q: What is IACP? And what is its mission?

A: IACP is a worldwide forum for the development and exchange of information, knowledge, and inspiration within the professional food and beverage community. Since its inception in 1978 as a small group of cooking school owners and instructors, IACP has served to connect culinary professionals with the people, places, and knowledge they need to succeed. Now with nearly 3,000 members from 32 countries, IACP is the only culinary organization of its kind, serving professionals across the globe and from all walks of culinary life. Read more about IACP's illustrious past and major milestones over the years.

Q: Who belongs to IACP?

A: Culinary professionals from every discipline - food writers, chefs, restaurateurs, stylists, food producers, you name it! Further, you'll find professionals at all stages of their careers, from those just starting out to some of the industry's most renowned veterans, including founding members Jacques Pépin and Anne Willan. Our diverse membership is the core strength and benefit of belonging to IACP. There's no shortage of expertise within our ranks, and you'll always find members eager and available to lend knowledge and advice.

Q: What are the requirements for membership in IACP?

A: The only requirement is that your primary source of income come from a food-related business - unless you're just starting out and qualify as an Emerging Professional, or are a retired IACP member who qualifies for Emeritus membership.

Q: What are the benefits of membership?

A: There are many, not the least of which is networking with our 3,000 talented members! IACP offers an array of educational experiences to facilitate learning and growth year-round, including interest sections; a monthly Speaker SeriesCertified Culinary Professional (CCP) credentialing; Annual Conference, regional, and local events; and a prestigious annual awards program that recognizes the most accomplished in the industry. But career growth isn't the only benefit of joining IACP. Many would say that developing lasting friendships – the type that come from shared memories around the table - is the best part of being a member.

Q: How much does membership cost?

A: We have six membership levels, and costs vary with level:

Benefits vary with each level as well. Click on the links above for more details.

* All initiation fees are one-time provided your membership does not lapse more than a year.

Q: Are mailing lists available to members?

A: Yes. Members can order mailing lists pre-printed on labels. Mailing lists do not include phone numbers or email addresses. Allow 5 to 10 days for processing. Interested? Sign in and complete the order form here.

Q: How does the member dues cycle work ?

A: The IACP annual dues cycle runs from July 1 through June 30. Your membership dues will be prorated based on the date you join. For example. if you join on Sept 1, the amount due will be based on membership from Sept. 1 to June 30.

Q: Will you send me an email renewal notice?

A: Absolutely! Everyone needs a reminder. Be sure to renew on time to ensure that your membership remains active and you don't miss out on any of the many IACP benefits available throughout the year.

Q: Why am I required to pay another initiation fee if my membership has lapsed for a year or more?

A: There are additional administrative tasks required to reactivate a lapsed account, such as reopening or setting up new profiles on the website and in our membership database. The fee helps cover these costs, and also encourages members to stay current to avoid a lapse in benefits. If you have additional questions, contact IACP Member Services at

Q: Will I be notified when my new member application or renewal form is received?

A: Yes. When you renew online, you receive immediate confirmation electronically. IACP accepts all major credit cards, and you also have the ability to mail a check to IACP for payment.

Q: Can I change my membership level?

A: Yes. You can change your membership level at any time during the year. Simply contact Member Services at Click here to review the benefits associated with each level before you call.

Q: Why am I being asked to update my member profile when I join or renew my membership?

A: Because we want to have the most up-to-date member directory possible. One of the most valuable benefits of membership is our member directory so it needs to be current. If you have any problems or questions updating your profile, please contact Member Services at at any time.

IACP Member Services can also be reached by calling 855-738-IACP (4227) or (866) 358-4951 toll free.

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