Certified Fund Raising 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 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 re certification.

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. 

In 2022, one free CFRE Exam Preparation Group is offered with a second group to be held in May-June. These dates are to be confirmed later in 2022. The first group begins in March and runs through April. For further details on dates and times please click on the link below.

For employers – Why hire a CFRE?

Find an Australian CFRE.

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

CFRE Study Group Information.

Week 1: Tuesday, 8 March 2022
Week 2: Tuesday, 15 March 2022
Week 3: Tuesday, 22 March 2022
Week 4: Tuesday, 29 March 2022
Week 5: Wednesday, 6 April 2022
Week 6: Wednesday, 13 April 2022
Week 7: Wednesday, 20 April 2022
Week 8: Wednesday, 27 April 2022

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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



“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