Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)

Achieve your International Fundraising Certification

Come join our CFRE Study Group, which meets every second Monday from May 27th to July 15th, 2024, between 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm AEST. These sessions will take place online via Zoom. Don’t let this chance to expand your knowledge slip by! To participate, ensure you’re prepared to schedule your exam and are an FIA member.

Mark your calendars for the subsequent sessions, held every second Monday from August 5th to September 16th, 2024, from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm, AEST.

The Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification is an accredited professional fundraising certification recognised internationally and demonstrates a fundraiser’s commitment to the highest fundraising standards. 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 re-certification.

Please watch the steps to becoming a CFRE video here.

Australian CFRE Exam Preparation Assistance

Prepare for your CFRE examination by participating in a one-hour group session weekly for eight 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. 

For employers – Why hire a CFRE?

Find an Australian CFRE.

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

Hannah Allsopp, CFRE, Shares Her CFRE Exam Studying Advice

1. How long had you been in development when you decided to pursue your CFRE credential?

I learned about the CFRE credential early in my fundraising career, and it’s been in the back of my mind ever since. I’d been working in fundraising for just over seven years when I decided to start the application process.

2. What made you think the time was right to pursue your CFRE credential?

I realised I had many education points that were expiring soon. That was the impetus I needed to finally get started. I was also at a point in my career where I wanted to consolidate all of the expertise I had gathered over the years.

3. As a fundraising professional in Australia, what value did you see in earning a globally recognised credential?

The number of people in Australia with a CFRE credential is relatively small. I saw it as an opportunity to stand out among others in the fundraising profession, and tertiary education in fundraising is also rare in Australia.

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The CFRE application process: Step by steps
Apply for your Initial CFRE Certification
CFRE examinations and recertification
CFRE recommended resource reading list