Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE)

Achieve your International Fundraising Certification

The Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification is an accredited professional fundraising certification that is recognised internationally and demonstrates a fundraiser’s commitment to the highest standards of ethical and best practice fundraising. Fundraisers who apply for and complete this professional milestone are certified for their mastery of fundraising best practices and enjoy improved career opportunities and advancement.

CFRE is certified under The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 standard for certification of personnel. FIA is a CFRE Participating Organisation and an approved provider for CFRE continuing education. FIA can assist you to achieve this professional certification and all FIA professional members who apply to become certified through CFRE International receive a 20% discount on CFRE initial certification and recertification.

For employers – Why hire a CFRE?

Find an Australian CFRE.

For more information and application details please visit the CFRE website.


The CFRE application process

Apply for your Initial CFRE Certification
CFRE examinations and recertification
CFRE recommended resource reading list


Australian CFRE Exam Preparation Assistance

Prepare for your CFRE examination by participating in a one-hour group session weekly for six weeks with an experienced CFRE fundraising professional. These lunchtime sessions will help you to stay motivated, provide you with opportunities to discuss and ask questions about content areas, and will keep you on track for your exam preparations. 

In 2021, two free CFRE Exam Preparation Groups are offered. The first beginning in May and the second beginning in August. For further details on dates and times please click on the link below.

Sign up to join a 2021 exam preparation group now.

Queensland Coaching Sessions

Nigel has been running CFRE coaching sessions for more than 10 years. Join Nigel Harris FFIA CFRE who will set you on your path to achieving your CFRE. The coaching sessions provide you with:

  • assistance completing and submitting your CFRE application
  • assistance with setting up study arrangements

To register your interest in either the CFRE exam preparation sessions or QLD coaching sessions, please contact training@FIA.org.au


“If what we do matters, I mean really matters, then we have to be more than good at our job. We need to strive for professionalism and all it entails – including credentialing.”
Nigel Harris FFIA CFRE, Managing Director, Giving Architects Australia