Core Education – Certificate in Professional Fundraising

Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) has taken steps to ensure the health and safety of our course participants, tutors, members and staff. FIA face-to-face courses will re-commence from August 2020 where possible in line with government guidelines and social-distancing measures and, where appropriate, we will provide online learning options. FIA will continue to update course registrants and prospective students regularly. Please contact with any queries or if your course has been affected. Online learning is available for this course.

Certificate in Professional Fundraising

Multiple3-9 monthsIntermediate
All StatesFace-to-face or online

Course Overview

This course provides you with a comprehensive foundation in learning about every channel of fundraising and how to generate sustainable revenue streams. You will learn various models of fundraising practice, how to develop fundraising plans, how to create a a case for support, methods of acquiring and retaining donors, and how to nurture relationships for high value donations. You will also learn about practical, useful tools to fundraise ethically in an everchanging fundraising landscape. This course is comprised of compulsory and elective modules.

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The course consists of 3 modules which can be completed within a trimester (option 1) or divided over the year (option 2). Option 2 is available in all states.

A table of the different scheduling options. Option 1 is completing all three modules in one trimester. Trimester 1 is March, April and May. Trimester 2  is June, July and August. Trimester 3 is September, October and November. Option two is to complete one module in each trimester so module 1 in march, module 2 in July and module 3 in November.

Payment plans are available for both options. Contact the Professional Development team at for more information

Course dates

Online (all states)Available to start any time
SydneyTrimester 3:
17-18 September
26-27 October
25-26 November
BrisbaneTrimester 3:
16-17 September
26-27 October
25-26 November
MelbourneTrimester 3:
17-18 September
28-29 October
25-26 November


Face-to-face Online
Professional Member $1,985 $1,490
Staff of organisational member$2,235 $1,740
Non-member$2,625 $2,050

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Full participation in Certificate in Professional Fundraising is applicable for up to 59 continuing education points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

Heiko Plange MFIA CFRE
Head of Fundraising
Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation

Heiko has extensive experience in developing and executing strategic marketing, major gifts fundraising and corporate partnership programs. He has previously worked across health, medical research, educational, community, and charitable organisations throughout Australia. Heiko holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance Investment and a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact. Heiko has been a Fellow of the Fundraising Institute Australia and has represented Western Australia on the State Executive since 2010.

Maisa Paiva MFIA
Digital Strategy Manager
Cerebral Palsy Alliance

An activist at heart, Maisa is an experimental marketer. Her vision is to be a social change agent at a global level. Maisa is an expat Brazilian who moved to Sydney, Australia, in 2003. She is a life-long learner and has a bachelor degree in Graphic Design, formal qualifications in Website Development, Multimedia, Marketing & Business and in Fundraising Data.

Bianca Crocker CFRE FFIA
Founder & Managing Director of Fish Community Solutions and the Small Non-Profits Alliance

Bianca has had over a decade’s experience in the non-profit sector and is passionate about creating positive change through inspiring people to be more philanthropic. In 2012 she was awarded the inaugural FIA Young Fundraiser of the Year and was a finalist in the Global Fundraiser of the Year.

Bianca is an enthusiastic fundraiser who holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) accreditation. She believes small charities can have a big impact in the world and runs a coaching and consulting business, Fish Community Solutions, as well as the Small Non-Profits Alliance to support them achieve their goals.