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What is cfre certification

what is cfre certification

The CFRE Professional Certification Program offers fundraising professionals with 5 or more years of experience an opportunity to earn recognition for their experience and professionalism.

The designation “Certified Fund Raising Executive” (CFRE) is a mark of distinction, providing heightened professional recognition plus greater career options and earning potential for fundraising professionals.

Many AFPGV programs offer CFRE Continuing Education Credit. Click here to view the CE Points Tracker document. Please note that AFPGV webinars are also eligible for CFRE CE credit.

The CFRE Exam is now offered at testing sites across the United States and Canada on a regular schedule. It is held in Rochester several times through out the year at Prometric Test Center located at 3300 Monroe Avenue in Pittsford. Those interested in taking the CFRE Exam must complete a separate application for certification, and submit it and all fees no later than 60 days prior to the Exam date. For more information about exam dates and applying for the Exam, contact CFRE International at 703-370-5555 or .


Our next CFRE review course in Rochester will be held in 2016. The course is offered every other year.

The Review Course is offered to those active in fundraising (i.e. executive directors, development professionals, volunteers) with 3 to 7 years experience and presents a complete overview of development functions.

The Course consists of the following modules:

  • Why Philanthropy?
  • Marketing and Communication for Fundraising and Development
  • Current and Prospective Donor Research
  • Developing a Comprehensive Solicitation Plan
  • Building and Sustaining Relationships
  • Securing the Gift
  • Volunteer Involvement
  • Management
  • Accountability

Those interested in taking the CFRE Review Course can contact us at 585-586-7810 or


CFRE credentials are for those who have discovered that their "job" as a development officer is actually turning into a profession that they enjoy and find fulfilling. Take the realworld learning you have acquired through trial and error and apply it to the credentialing process. It may help you get the next raise or a better position, but more importantly you will get a real sense of pride in the work that you do."

Steven S. Smith, CFRE Vice President, Foundation

St. Ann’s Community

"Becoming a CFRE was a natural progression in my professional development and to a career to which I have been dedicated for over 20 years. I felt that becoming a Certified Fund Raising Executive would be an endorsement of the knowledge I had acquired working in this profession."

Tracy L. Schleyer, CFRE Vice President of Development

Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired -- Goodwill Industries of Rochester

"Obtaining my CFRE was a way for me to demonstrate my commitment to the professional practice of development; a confirmation that I possessed the knowledge and skills required to serve the philanthropic sector; and an understanding of the ethical standards by which the profession is bound."

Rachel C. Wicks, CFRE

I was skeptical about getting my CFRE at first, not appreciating its value. Having my CFRE has opened many doors and the review course and test helped me solidify my knowledge of fundraising today.”

Eric T. Shoen, CFRE

Director of Gift Planning Rochester General Hospital Foundation

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