By becoming a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), you demonstrate your mastery of ethical, best-practice fundraising.

Skilled fundraising professionals are in high demand. By earning the CFRE credential, you prove that you are a confident, prepared fundraising professional ready to lead.

Certification Steps

  1. Start your application
  2. Input your information
  3. Select your test window
  4. Submit your application with payment
  5. Upon application approval, you schedule your testing date
  6. Prepare for the CFRE Exam
  7. Take the CFRE Exam
  8. When you pass the CFRE Exam, you are a CFRE and recertify every three years

More Resources

While there is a wealth of resources in the certification section of our website, if you have general questions about how the CFRE can boost your career or other facets of the process, this section will help. Use the menu on the left to navigate.

For a comprehensive overview, view our “How to become a CFRE” video.

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Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance

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Nepal Center for Philanthropy and Development

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BBB Wise Giving Alliance

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Korea Society of Philanthropy

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Habitat for Humanity

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HKMA

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Boy and Girls Clubs of America

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China – CAFP

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NACCDO

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Brazil Fundraising Association

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European Fundraising Association

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Boy Scouts of America

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Japan Fundraising Association

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North American YMCA Development Organization

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New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy

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Kenya Association of Fundraising Professionals

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International Catholic Stewardship Council

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Fundraising Institute New Zealand

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Fundraising Institute Australia

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Association of Philanthropic Counsel

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Association of Fundraising Consultants

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Educate Plus

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The Giving Institute

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