Diploma in Professional Fundraising

Snapshot of course details. The location is open nationally online. The mode is self-paced online. The duration is 12 months. he course level is advanced and the date is anytime.

Course Overview

An FIA Diploma in Professional Fundraising is a commitment to best practice and excellence in fundraising. This course aims to harness your passion for fundraising and to develop your fundraising expertise through strategic thinking, creative approaches to fundraising and nurturing donor relationships. You will develop your problem-solving and communication skills through practical hands on case studies, and activities with an organisational focus. This is a twelve-month course with compulsory and elective modules that will improve your prospects for career advancement.

Table of course dates. The online course can be start at anytime and the course length is 12 months from the day of enrolment.
Table of prices. The course is $3,985 for members and $5,090 for non-members.
The BMS Scholarship for the Diploma of Professional Fundraising provides support to develop the future leaders of fundraising. This scholarship is open to current individual members or staff of organisation members of FIA who have a minimum of three years’ experience in professional fundraising to be awarded a place on the Diploma of Professional Fundraising. This is a fully paid scholarship for the awarded recipient with study to be undertaken in 2021.
Applications for 2021 are NOW CLOSED


Full participation in Diploma in Professional Fundraising  is applicable for up to 80 continuing education points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

Photo of Margaret Scott who is smiling at the camera and wearing a pink and white blazer.
Margaret Scott FFIA CFRE

For almost 30 years Margaret Scott has been a fundraising leader. She is a past National Chair of FIA, a Fellow of FIA and maintains CFRE status. In 2014, she was awarded the Arthur Venn Fundraiser of the Year and has been a tutor with FIA’s Diploma course since its inception. Margaret has completed two postgraduate degrees majoring in fundraising from QUT and considers herself to be a ‘lifelong learner’.

A photo of Chris Benaud smiling at the camera. He is in in front of a park and wearing a scarf.
Chris Benaud FFIA CFRE

Chris Benaud is a highly-experienced fundraiser who has worked for leading not-for-profit organisations for almost 30 years. He has been involved with FIA training programs since 1998. A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and Fellow of the FIA, Chris’s qualifications include BA (Communication); MA (Communication Management); Cert IV – Workplace Assessment and Training.

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