Certificate in Professional Fundraising

Accelerate your fundraising career with crucial fundraising knowledge and skills

Ensure you are the best fundraiser you can be and equip yourself with the Certificate in Professional Fundraising, the only qualification of its kind in Australia. This course provides you with the essential knowledge and skills needed to become a professional fundraiser in Australia.

You will cover key aspects of fundraising, understand current trends, work on development plans and develop skills that allow you to maintain donor relationships. This course is delivered by experienced fundraisers with a passion for sharing their knowledge and experience. This is a six-month course comprised of compulsory and elective modules that will establish you as a professional in your chosen field.

What you’ll learn

  • The fundraising sector in Australia and motivations for giving
  • How to develop fundraising plans and strategies for success
  • How to develop and express a Case for Support
  • How to evaluate and select channels to acquire new donors and develop relationships
  • How to nurture high value donors, gifts in Wills pledgers and corporate partnerships

Who is this course for?

  • Entry level fundraisers (professional or voluntary) new to the profession
  • Early career fundraisers with a couple of years of experience
  • Fundraisers wanting to consolidate their existing skills with formal training

Starting dates

The in-class sessions have all finished for 2019. Please keep an eye on the website for new sessions in 2020. The online course is available all year-round.


In-class Online
Professional Member $2,240 $2,045
Staff of organisational member $2,540 $2,320
Non-member $2,985 $2,730

Click here for FIA course terms and conditions

Full participation in the Certificate in 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.

Meet the tutors

Andrew Sabatino (MFIA)

Andrew has over 15 years’ fundraising experience in Australia and the UK. He has worked across many sectors, including seven years at Guide Dogs SA/NT. More

Bianca Crocker (MFIA CFRE)

A Fundraising specialist since 2005, Bianca founded her own consultancy in 2011. She was FIA 2012 Young Fundraiser of the year. More

Maisa de Pavia

An activist at heart, Maisa is an experimental marketer. Her vision is to be a social change agent for better technologies, equality and education at a global level, via the distribution of wealth through sustainable fundraising. More

Daniel Bernstein (MFIA)

Daniel is a fundraising consultant with FundraisingForce, after many years in the NFP sector including 3 years as a trainer at fundraising software specialist Blackbaud. More

Marcus Blease (MFIA)

Prior to setting up his own agency Donor Republic, Marcus held senior fundraising roles with Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Cancer Council and others. More

Heiko Plange-Korndoerfer (FFIA CFRE)

Heiko has extensive experience in implementing strategic fundraising programs, and is Director of Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. More