Certificate in Professional Fundraising

Australia’s most comprehensive fundraising course: giving you the crucial knowledge and training needed to become a professional fundraiser.

The Certificate in Fundraising is the cornerstone of FIA’s Core Education curriculum which you can undertake either in-class or online.

You will cover every aspect of fundraising in considerable depth, with great case studies to learn from and numerous opportunities to practice new skills through exercises and assignments.

The Certificate course is your most comprehensive opportunity to broaden your knowledge of fundraising using every channel.

What you’ll learn

  • The state of fundraising in Australia and the motives for giving
  • How to develop a fundraising plan with realistic objectives and strategies
  • Creating a case for support and the value of storytelling
  • Using offline and online channels to acquire new donors and develop relationships
  • Nurturing high value donors, gifts in wills and corporates
  • Managing teams and measuring performance
  • How to maximise your personal effectiveness and career prospects

Who is this course for?

  • Fundraisers new to the profession or with a couple of years of experience
  • Fundraisers wanting to consolidate their existing skills with formal training
  • Fundraisers who want to learn new skills beyond their existing specialty


In-class Early Bird Online
Professional Member $2,240 $1,795 $2,045
Staff of organisational member $2,540 $2,030 $2,320
Non-member $2,985 $2,390 $2,730

Venues and starting dates for in-class

For venue information, click below the relevant city location.

City Certificate Module 1
2 & 3 April Apply Now
Red Cross 
3 & 4 April Apply Now
2 & 3 Apil

City Certificate Module 2
Sydney 13 & 14 May
Melbourne 15 & 16 May

City Certificate Module 3
Sydney 18 & 19 June
Melbourne 19 & 20 June

Apply for the ONLINE Certificate here

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