CFRE Program

The Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential provides you with a recognizable demonstration of your personal and professional achievement and commitment.

Certification Process

The Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential demonstrates an individual’s mastery of the standards set for core knowledge and skills required of fundraising executives after 5 years of experience. This practice-based designation requires demonstration of having met these standards through both an application and a written examination.


All candidates must complete a written application that works on a point system. A minimum number of points in each of 4 areas must be documented: Professional Practice, Education, Performance, and the Code of conduct.


Candidates must achieve the passing score on a standardized written examination consisting of 200 multiple-choice questions that cover the following core knowledge areas: Prospect Identification, Solicitation, Donor Relations, Volunteerism, Management, and Stewardship. Exams are given during four test windows (Jan 15 – March 15, April 15 – June 15, July 15 – Sept 15 and Oct 1 – Nov 30) every year worldwide .

Accountability Standards

Upon applying to the program, candidates agree to adhere to the Donor Bill of Rights and the CFRE Program’s Accountability Standards, designed to promote integrity and ethical behaviour of fundraising executives.


Because fundraising is a dynamic field and because certification attests to a professional’s competency, certification is awarded for a 3-year period. A new application updating your Professional Practice, Education, Performance, and Code of conduct is required in order to continue to be certified.

Continuing Education Points Tracker