About the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) Program
Major Program Components
The entire ACFRE program must be completed within two (2) years of the date that the ACFRE Certification Board accepts an application. A candidate may request one one-year extension to his/her “calendar” at any time during the process.
Upon completion of the four sequential components outlined below, the ACFRE Certification Board confers upon candidates the designation of Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE).
Submit a completed Advanced Certification application, including current resume and confirmation of current certified status. Applications must include payment of $400 application fee. Applications must be typed or legibly printed and entered only on the application form. See Attachments below for the ACFRE Application.
2. Written Examination
When the ACFRE Certification Board accepts an application, individuals become candidates for Advanced Certification and may register for the ACFRE written examination. The written exam must be taken within one year of approval of the application. Registration for the exam must include payment of the $400 exam fee. Candidates who achieve a passing grade on the 100-question multiple choice examination become eligible for the portfolio component.
|Examination Note: ACFRE exams may be scheduled individually either at the AFP office in Arlington, or at a time and place convenient for the candidate and an ACFRE member willing to proctor. To learn more or to schedule an exam, please contact Cathlene Williams at 703-794-2178 or e-mail CathleneWilliams@cox.net.|
A portfolio consists of materials that document the candidate's professional performance during the past five years. These materials include a planning document, a case statement, and two examples of competency in each of the following: writing, creativity, management, and teaching/ training (a total of ten documents). Portfolio submission must include payment of $800 portfolio and Oral Peer Review fee.
Members of the ACFRE Certification Board evaluate portfolios. Candidates whose portfolios are approved by the Board become eligible for the oral peer review.
4. Oral Peer Review
Oral peer reviews take place in January and at other times through special arrangement, e.g., at the AFP International Conference or Leadership Academy. Candidates are expected to demonstrate to the review panel mastery of advanced knowledge and understanding, both theoretical and practical, in the broad field of fundraising and in two of the candidate's specialty areas. Within that framework, candidates' responses will address fundraising ethics, management, leadership, planning, and problem solving.
The ACFRE Board
The ACFRE Board is independent in decision-making in all matters pertaining to the implementation of the certification/ recertification process.
The Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) Certification Board is comprised of four AFP members and one public member. Members are elected by ACFRE certificants for one four-year term. Nominations are made by the AFP Executive Committee from current ACFREs who meet the ACFRE board qualifications.
ACFRE Brochure — PDF Format
ACFRE Suggested Reading List by Content Area — PDF Format
ACFRE Application Form — PDF Format
ACFRE Application Form — DOC Format
ACFRE Program Instruction Packet — PDF Format
ACFRE Track: ACFRE Means Something...Doesn't It? (Presented by James Greenfield, AFP 45th Int'l Conference - 2008) — PPT Format
ACFRE Directory (August 2013) — PDF Format
*new* 2012 ACFRE Professional Certification Program Order of the Process — PDF Format
*new* Article: "Demystifying the ACFRE Process" — PDF Format
*new* Twenty Years of the ACFRE (2013 Conference Reunion Booklet) — PDF Format