Consultant membership

Consultant membership, The Americas

The primary members of the Society are those who hold consultant membership categories – the categories listed indicate various levels of consultant membership based upon the level of competency achieved by the individual. The intent of this information is to provide a clear description of those categories.

Please note that all membership applications are processed at either the division or local unit level dependent on where an applicant resides.  For full details about membership qualifications and the application process please contact your closest Division or Local Unit administration office. 

CONSULTANT MEMBER CATEGORIES: 

  • Professional
  • Senior Associate
  • Associate
  • Emeritus
  • Student

All active consultant members are required to abide by the FCSI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct as well as the FCSI Continuing Professional Growth program to maintain their membership.

Consultant membership is a personal membership wherein all member benefits are directed to the named individual only. Consultant membership, with the exception of Emeritus and Student Members, is limited to individuals whose main employment is in a capacity typically associated with consulting activities specifically for the foodservice and hospitality industry and independent of the supply chain.

PROFESSIONAL:

Individuals who have established themselves as a practicing independent consultant to the foodservice/hospitality industry and demonstrating the full range of competencies described by the FCSI Council for Professional Standards and approved by the FCSI Board of Directors. The ultimate goal is for all eligible consultants to reach and retain Professional Member status as long as they are actively engaged in foodservice consulting.

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Download Professional Membership Exam Process Summary

Members who wish to pursue Professional Membership and enter the PMP should contact Kimberly Kissel.

FAQ’s – Becoming a Professional Member

The ultimate goal for most eligible consultants is to attain the status of Professional Member. The applicant must enroll in the Professional Membership Process (PMP), pass the Industry Knowledge Exam and the Professional Skills Exam, and have three years of total project management experience before becoming a Professional Member. In order to start the PMP you must be a Senior Associate member of FCSI.

To begin obtaining your professional designation, contact Kimberly Kissel.

Industry Knowledge Exam Testing Opportunities

None at this time – contact Kimberly Kissel to schedule your exam.

Professional Skills Exam Testing Opportunities

None at this time – contact Kimberly Kissel to schedule your exam.

SENIOR ASSOCIATES:

Are individuals who are actively consulting with direct responsibilities to their clients in terms of project management but do not, as yet, qualify for Professional Membership.

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An Associate member who has decided to enter into the Professional Membership Process (PMP) must first apply as a Senior Associate. Senior Associate members must be active consultants who have at least 3 years total project management responsibility. This responsibility includes the management of projects from proposal to completion. From the time an Associate member is approved as a Senior Associate, he/she has three years to complete the PMP.

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In order to become a Senior Associate, the applicant must request an application for Senior Associate by contacting Penny Price, Director of Member Services.  The application requires the applicant to provide 3 project references, 2 professional member endorsements and/or complete an interview with 2 members of the Membership Committee.

ASSOCIATE MEMBER:

Individuals currently employed in a capacity that can serve as partial qualification for more advance consultant membership levels. Entry level consultant membership intended for junior members of a consulting firm and/or emerging professionals in the early stages of their consulting careers. This would include:

  • An employee of an independent consultant who does not have full project management responsibility. This would include but not be limited to CAD operators, equipment specifiers, research assistants, systems analysts, concept development specialists.

Please note that this is not intended for food facility designers who work for an equipment dealer or who in any way is involved in the supply side of the industry.

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Associate Member application 2017

All new members of FCSI enter the Society as Associate Members. Associate Members are individuals who ultimately intend to pursue Professional Member status, as well as those who, by virtue of their position, may never be eligible to pursue Professional Member status because they do not have project management responsibilities. This includes, but is not be limited to, CAD operators, equipment specifiers, research assistants, systems analysts, and concept development specialists. Associate Member applications should be submitted to Penny Price, Director of Member Services.

EMERITUS MEMBERSHIP:

Professional Members who are fully retired from active practice and are no longer involved, in any way, in the sale or delivery of projects through their personal intervention may choose to move to Emeritus status. An Emeritus Member may not solicit business, produce deliverables or in any way participate in the active pursuit of commissions for himself/herself or any consulting firm. Emeritus Members no longer need to participate in the FCSI Continuing Professional Growth program.

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Emeritus members are FCSI professional members who have ceased to be active consultants but wish to retain their association with FCSI into retirement. Only Professional Members are eligible for this elite status and only after they have retired; therefore, there is no formal application process.

STUDENT MEMBER:

This membership category is available to students attending an accredited institution of higher learning and enrolled in a culinary, foodservice or hospitality related course of study on a full time basis.

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Student application form 2017

Students at accredited hospitality schools of higher education may join FCSI as student members for as long as they remain enrolled in that program.

Consultant Membership Dues Schedule

The consultant member dues shown below apply to FCSI-The Americas.

All amounts represent US dollars.

Consultant Member Dues Rates effective 2016

Professional

Annual Dues $525

Senior Associate

Upgrade Fee $200
Annual Dues $440

Associate, Emeritus & Student

Application Fee (one time) $50
Associate Dues – Years One through Three $185
Associate non-professional track $355
Emeritus – annual dues $85
Student – annual dues $25
Affiliate – Option 1 $355
Affiliate – Option 2 $440

If you have questions concerning membership dues, the application process, benefits of membership or any other query please contact FCSI-The Americas headquarters at 309-808-2165 or penny@fcsi.org.

Continuing Professional Growth (CPG) Program

An FCSI consultant member engages in lifelong development to maintain and improve knowledge and skills for competent consulting. This includes continuous self-assessment to identify professional strengths and learning needs, establishment of short- and long-term goals for individual professional development, and selection of educational opportunities for which appropriate Continuing Educational Units (CEUs) are awarded to recognize achievement of these goals.
As of 2010, consultant members in the following categories must earn the specified number of CEUs each year in order to maintain their membership status.

Professional Members: 12 CEUs

Senior Associate Members: 6 CEUs

Associate Members: 3 CEUs

FCSI provides the Continuing Professional Growth Program to support the lifelong learning for its consultant members. The following are the types of activities that qualify for CEUs.

  • Passing two exams as part of the Professional Membership Process
  • Attending professional seminars
  • Preparing and delivering presentations
  • Authoring articles and books
  • Authoring reviews on software and books
  • Completing educational courses
  • Attending trade shows
  • Viewing educational video or multimedia self-study programs
  • Reading on-line articles provided by FCSI and answering a quiz on the subject
  • Reading articles and writing on-line quiz questions for FCSI
  • Providing service to FCSI and/or other industry groups

For questions regarding your FCSI Membership or to join the society, please contact Penny Price.

FCSI is an international society with common values and professional goals. Due to the variety of social and cultural differences in many of the communities that we serve, specific qualifications may vary. Please click on the division in which you reside to view specific requirements and applications.