There are eight steps to earning your CFRE credential:

  1. Start your application (There is no cost to begin it)
  2. Input your information
  3. Select your test window
  4. Submit and pay
  5. Our team approves your application
  6. Schedule your exam
  7. Take exam
  8. When you pass the 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.

Looking for a comprehensive overview? Check out our “How to become a CFRE” video.

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