The following are the most frequently asked questions about HSCG Membership. Click any question to display the answer, or view all answers.
About Handcrafter Memberships
To gain full rights as a member, your partner would have to join as a separate member. Note, however, that if the partner is covered by an existing insurance policy (yours or another), then the partner can join with insurance waived.
For example, if your expiration date is January 1st, our system will not mark you expired until January 8th. If you have not renewed your membership by January 8th, you will lose your Online Listings, Gallery Image, Soapguild Store and any locations displayed in the Store Locator. Your Product Liability Insurance will have expired and coverage will have ceased.
If you renew within the next 90 days you will retain your current member number. If you do not and renew at a later time a new member number will be assigned to you.
To be exempt, a business league's activities must be devoted to improving business conditions of one or more lines of business... The term "line of business" generally refers either to an entire industry...
The key here is business. In order to maintain tax-exempt, non-profit status, the HSCG must forward the business and industry of handcrafted soap and soapmaking.
Technically, Associate Memberships are for those who are in the process of becoming Professional Handcrafters (defined as actually selling/marketing handcrafted soap or cosmetics). Five years seemed like a reasonable time to make the transition.
About Vendor Memberships
General Membership Information
The HSCG Soapmaker Certification Program was developed to encourage and promote the highest professional standards among HSCG members. It is available to HSCG Members only and is completely voluntary. Certificates are valid only so long as the membership is in force.
There are two testing tracks, Cold Process/Hot Process and Melt & Pour. Each track has three levels: Basic, Advanced and Master. A fourth level, Expert, is being developed and will be between Advanced and Master.
For more information see About the HSCG Certification Program.