No Better Time Than Now

Have you thought about acquiring your Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential but always seem to have something preventing you from achieving this professional milestone?

Too busy? The application seems too onerous? Don’t know how to prepare?

The Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation is a personal and professional achievement that sets standards in philanthropy and is recognised throughout the world. FIA has taken an active role in helping fundraisers across Australia to achieve their CFRE.

CFRE International offers all FIA Members a 20 per cent discount on CFRE initial certification and recertification. For more information and to download your application forms, please visit the CFRE International website.

Click here for information on exam and recertification costs.

“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 professional identity and all it entails – including credentialing.”

Nigel Harris CFRE, Chief Executive Officer, Mater Foundation

How to Become a CFRE: A Special Presentation for Fundraising Professionals in Australia

Learn more about becoming a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and see best practices for how to fill out the application.



The CFRE Application Process

CFRE Study Group

Let us help you achieve your credential

FIA is working with candidates striving to gain their Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) accreditation. The CFRE Study Group will help you with the application and exam preparation processes. To date, almost 100 per cent of the participants who have attended the group and taken the exam have passed and been awarded their CFRE credential.

This study group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month via Google Hangouts.

The second round of study group meetings for 2018 will commence in August:

The group will meet on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 22 August – 5.00pm – 7.00pm
  • Wednesday 26 September – 5.00pm – 7.00pm
  • Wednesday 24 October – 5.00pm – 7.00pm
  • Wednesday 28 November – 5.00pm – 7.00pm


The Study Group will be co-chaired by Pamela Sutton-Legaud MFIA CFRE and Elizabeth Davis EMFIA CFRE.

To learn more about the CFRE Study Group and to reserve your spot, contact the FIA Education Team on 1300 889 670 or email

About the QLD CFRE Coaching Sessions

Join Nigel Harris FFIA CFRE in a coaching session which will set you on your path to achieving your CFRE. Nigel has been running CFRE coaching sessions for the last eight years.

The coaching sessions provide you with:

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

To register your interest in attending the next coaching session, contact Nigel Harris.

Examination Details

CFRE now offers computer based testing nationwide, including in regional areas. To see the details of the Australian test centres, click here and select ‘Find a Test Center’. Candidates can only schedule their testing appointment once they have received approval documentation from CFRE International.

FIA is an approved provider for CFRE Continuing Education.