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Accreditation – Become a CFRE

CFRE International offers the only internationally-recognized baseline professional credential for philanthropic fundraising executives. Based on current and valid practice-based standards, the CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) designation is a personal and professional achievement that sets standards in philanthropy.

For more information, email the Accreditation Committee at

Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Program

The Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential provides you with a recognizable demonstration of your personal and professional achievement and commitment. Visit AFP Global to learn more about becoming a CFRE.

Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive (ACFRE)

The ACFRE credential signifies mastery of professional standards in leadership, management and ethics, at an advanced level of practice. Visit AFP Global to learn more about becoming an ACFRE.

Why Get Certified?

CFRE-designated fund development professionals earn an average of $17,000 more per annum than their non-CFRE designated counterparts. And, ACFRE-designated professionals earn an average of $80,000 more per annum!

Most AFP Greater Vancouver professional development events qualify for points towards the continuing education requirements for becoming a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). See the Events Calendar for upcoming opportunities.

How Do I Become Certified?

To get started on becoming certified, visit the CFRE International website. The site has everything you need to know to get you started, including:

  • Schedule of application deadlines and exam
  • Online application form
  • Exam content outline
  • Recommended reading list

CFRE International

Video: The A-Z of Becoming a CFRE

Recorded March 4, 2021

Eva E. Aldrich, Ph.D., CAE, President and CEO of CFRE International, discusses eligibility requirements, how the application process works, the CFRE exam and much more.

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