Why are application audits required?

One in every 10 CFRE applications for initial and recertification is randomly selected for audit to ensure the accuracy and validity of the data provided. This enables CFRE International to maintain the honor system for the other 90% of applications, while still meeting guidelines for independent accreditation, something no other professional certification for fundraisers offers.

All CFRE certificants and candidates are strongly encouraged to retain copies of documentation which supports their application entries until notice of application approval has been granted by CFRE International, in the instance documentation is required. Requirements for documentation are flexible in the event that your application is randomly selected for audit. Some examples include: receipts, degrees, certificates of completion for educational programming, examples of completed communications pieces, project/study finding reports to document management and publicly available IRS for 990 data to support entries for funds raised on behalf of an organisation. Professional practice entries will be verified with employers directly.

This audit requires applicants to furnish completed copies of their:

  • Continuing Education documentation (including: date(s) of the continuing education activity; name of activity organiser (acronyms not acceptable); title of the session(s) attended; session topic(s); total number of contact hours; name/title of presenter/activity coordinator and proof of attendance in the form of a certificate or receipt)
  • Employment verification contact information (i.e., name and telephone number for supervisor or human resource department from all reported employment. Consultants should supply same for a variety of clients.)
  • Proof of dollars raised, communications projects, or management projects through annual reports or other official documentation.

Reported information which cannot be verified, through required documentation or employer contacts, will not be applicable toward necessary points on the candidate’s application.

Applications from candidates selected for verification will not be reviewed. Once the application has been received, these candidates will be sent an email informing them that they have been selected and requesting that all required information be submitted within thirty (30) days from the date of request.

Initial certification applicants who submit incomplete or non-verifiable information may choose an alternate testing window when required information is verified. Once the application is approved, candidates will have one (1) year from the approval date to sit for and pass the exam.

Recertification applicants who submit incomplete or non-verifiable information shall automatically be deferred into their six (6) month grace period. All information submitted by candidates for recertification shall be verified within the six (6) month grace period allotted or the candidate’s certification shall expire and be removed.

Additional information regarding acceptable forms of documentation to verify your application entries and how that documentation may be most easily submitted can be found here.