The USPCA proudly offers five membership options: Premier, Corporate, Provisional, Preparatory and Student.
U.S. Military Veterans receive discounts on membership.
Premier Membership in USPCA provides all member benefits and is available to any Personal Chef operating an established Personal Chef business. To be considered for USPCA Membership, individuals must provide documentation supporting the operation of either a full-time or part-time Personal Chef Service. Because liability insurance coverage is included in your Premier and Provisional Memberships, USPCA requires documentation of certain business licenses, activities, training, and/or certification. The cost is $400 for the first year, with a renewal cost of just $325 each additional year. (Payment plans are available. Call 800-995-2138 x705 for more details.)
Before you apply for Premier Membership, be sure you have the following items scanned and ready for attachment:
• A brochure, promotional announcement, or business card you use in advertising your Personal Chef Service
• A copy of your business license, DBA, or other government-approved documentation
• A copy of your food safety training or certification certificate
• Documentation of prior experience, completion of a program in culinary arts from a recognized school/program, or both
Provisional Membership is designed for Personal Chefs just establishing their Personal Chef business. Membership includes all of the benefits and privileges of the Premier Membership. During the first year of membership, USPCA will offer additional support and guidance, as the member establishes proof of their business establishment proof includes the documentation listed above for Premier Membership. In order to join as a Provisional Member you must have a minimum a Certified Food Handler Certificate. If you do not have one, you may join and obtain one through USPCA’s program within the first month of membership. Provisional Membership lasts one year and costs $400. Renewal includes meeting the requirements of Premier Membership and is $325 each year thereafter. If you do not meet the requirements of Premier Membership, you may renew for another year of Provisional Membership for $400. (Payment plans are available. Call 800-995-2138 x705 for more details.)
Preparatory Membership in USPCA offers a comprehensive set of extra benefits for the trained chef looking to start a Personal Chef business. From self-guided training to personal coaching, Preparatory Membership provides the guidance for chefs to work and learn. The cost is $595 (payment plans are available), and members will automatically transfer to Premier Membership or Provisional Membership upon successful completion of the series of programs adding access to the association’s liability insurance and HireAChef.com listing in addition to all other benefits of membership.
Corporate Membership is designed for a personal chef business that employs one and up to five additional personal chefs. The chef-owner is considered the Primary Corporate Member and has access to all benefits and is responsible for keeping employee records/names up-to-date. The additional employee-chefs will have the core benefits of membership (liability insurance, program discounts, etc.) and will have an electronic member experience. Corporate Membership allows personal chefs whose business models are changing and now employ personal chefs to enjoy the benefits of membership for their personal chef employees as well.
The Primary Corporate Member must provide USPCA with proof of their business structure (business license/permit, EIN, website, etc.) as well as fully executed employment agreements with the other chefs who will be covered under their corporate membership.
Student Membership has access to all of the benefits of Premier Members (except liability insurance and a HireAChef listing) and, of greatest importance, access to the nation’s top Personal Chefs. To be considered for the USPCA Student membership, you must provide proof of enrollment in an approved culinary program. Student memberships are limited to a term no longer than 4 years. The cost is $90 per year.
USPCA thoroughly vets applicants to maintain the integrity of the organization and ensure the public of the quality of the chefs working in their homes.