Types of membership and professional registration

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We have three categories of membership: Associate, Members and Fellow. All members are bound by an ethical code of professional conduct

Our members can also apply for professional registration. Registered Science Technician, Registered Scientist and Chartered Scientist provide a framework of professional registration across the science workforce. IFST is licensed by the Science Council to award these designations. 

You can read more about member categories and professional registration below.

Associate

Associate membership is the first stepping stone into IFST membership. It is available to those with an interest in food science and technology, aspiring professionals in the early years of their career, or students studying food science and technology.

Associate membership demonstrates your commitment to the sector and we will support you to upgrade your membership at the appropriate time. As an Associate member, you'll have access to all the benefits of IFST membership, including discounts to events and publications, opportunities to network and a free copy of 'Food Science and Technology' delivered quarterly.

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We offer concessionary rates to students and those in the first few years after graduation (see section below). References aren't required for Associate membership, though you will need to provide appropriate documentation to prove your status if you are applying for a concessionary rate.

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Associate (benefits for students and new professionals)

If you're a student or in the first five years of your career, we have tailored resources, events and programmes that will help you develop throughout these important stages of your early career. This is in addition to the full benefits of Associate membership.

Students or those in their first three years after graduation are eligible for a reduced subscription rate for Associate membership, subject to documentary proof of status.

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Member (MIFST)

You may be eligible for Member (MIFST) based on your qualifications and experience and you should have made a significant and continuing contribution in the food sector. 

As an IFST Member, you are entitled to use the designatory letters MIFST. 

Your application will be assessed by our Membership Assessment Panel (MAP) based on your work experience and the level of your qualification following a tariff point system. Your successful application may draw on a mixture of your academic background and and your ‘hands-on’ experience and you will need to be supported by referees who can comment first hand on your achievements.

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Fellow (FIFST)

Fellowship is our highest level of membership.

Fellows must be a Member or be eligible for Membership, have at least 5 additional years of senior experience, and be able to demonstrate important achievements in relation to food.

Fellowship provides independent recognition for your food career and achievements at a senior level. As a Fellow, you are eligible to use the designatory letters FIFST. 

Your application will be assessed by the Membership Assessment Panel (MAP) based on your work experience, the level of your qualification, the level of seniority and the quality of your achievements in the food sector.

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Registered Science Technician (RSciTech)

Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) provides recognition of the important roles that technicians play within all aspects of the food sector. Whilst they may not have the term ‘technician’ within their job title, there are many people across the whole of the food sector employed in such roles within areas such as food safety, food analysis, product quality and food processing operations.

RSciTech is awarded by IFST under license from the Science Council.

The award of RSciTech is based on a combination of knowledge, competence and commitment to high standards of professionalism. Whilst an academic qualification demonstrates a particular achievement, professional registration captures your career development and on the job learning alongside any formal qualifications. You will need to commit to maintaining your skills and competence by a commitment to Continuing Professionald Development.

Registered Science Technicians are entitled to use the designatory letters 'RSciTech' after their name.

Applications for RSciTech are made via the Science Council's Professional Registration Application system, but are considered by IFST assessors.

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Registered Scientist (RSci)

Registered Scientist (RSci) provides professional recognition for those working in scientific and higher technical roles. RSci is awarded by IFST under license from the Science Council. RSci not only provides recognition in its own right but can also be used as a springboard to future recognition as a Chartered Scientist.

RSci provides recognition of the important roles that scientists play within all aspects of the food sector. Whilst they may not have the term ‘scientist’ within their job title, there are many people across the whole of the food sector employed in such roles within areas such as new product development, food safety, food analysis, product quality and food production.  

 The award of RSci is based on a combination of knowledge, competence and commitment to high standards of professionalism. Whilst an academic qualification demonstrates a particular achievement, professional registration captures your career development and on the job learning alongside any formal qualifications. You will need to commit to maintaining your skills and competence by a commitment to Continuing Professional Development.

Registered Scientists are entitled to use the designatory letters 'RSci' after their name.

The Membership Assessment Panel will assess your application based on the competencies you have gained via a combination of your knowledge and experience and you will need to be supported by a referee who can confirm your achievements first hand.

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Chartered Scientist (CSci)

The Chartered Scientist qualification is awarded to scientists who meet the high standards required and demands a commitment to continuing professional development. It is intended to ensure high and improving standards across all scientific disciplines and reflects best practice in science. CSci is awarded by IFST under license from the Science Council

The Membership Assessment Panel will assess your application based on the competencies you have gained via a combination of your knowledge and experience and you will need to be supported by referees who can confirm your achievements first hand. You will need to commit to maintaining your skills and competence by a commitment to Continuing Professional Development.

Find out more about Chartered Scientist (CSci)