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CFRE Continuing Education Policy Changes

(Aug. 14, 2006) Beginning in 2010, all applicants for the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential must submit at least 50 percent of their continuing education activities from approved providers.

The new requirement will apply to both new applicants and those looking to recertify.

Approved providers will be those whose programs have been reviewed by Alexandria, Va.-based CFRE International, the organization that manages the CFRE credential. CFRE International has listed on its website all approved continuing education providers, which include all organizations that currently participate in the CFRE program, such as AFP.

According to CFRE International, the change will ensure “the continuing competence of each Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and maintain the professional standard of those engaged in fundraising practices.” The organization also notes that currently a majority of CFRE applicants already get 65 percent of their training from participating organizations, all of which are automatically considered approved providers.

Initial applicants for the CFRE are required to have 80 continuing education points, while recertificants must have 45. Starting in 2010, initial applicants must have at least 40 points from programs from approved providers, while recertificants must have at least 22 points from such sources.

Applicants must still keep track of their own continuing education activities and be aware that CFRE International will not automatically accept all programs offered by an approved provider. The organization will continue to assess the applicability of each session offered by approved providers against its policies and standards.

Providers and Exam Dates

A list of approved providers (and information on how an organization can become an approved provider) can be found on the CFRE International website.

The schedule of CFRE examinations in North America also can be found on the CFRE website. Dates and locations for examinations in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom will be released in September.

AFP members are encouraged to become certified as soon as they are able. Since AFP is a participating organization in the CFRE program, AFP members receive a discount when applying for certification.

CFRE certificants also can earn the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive (ACFRE) credential, offered by AFP. For more information about the ACFRE, click here. Also see the article “Certification and Continuing Education: Not Just a Job” in the May/June issue of Advancing Philanthropy.

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