For CFRE Review Course location, please see the list below. 


Note: As of October 2015, CFRE International announced minor CFRE exam changes that take effect January 1, 2016.  These changes have minimal impact on the exam itself, and do not significantly impact the value of participation in AFP's CFRE Review Course. 

For more information about the changes, please contact CFRE International at or view their 2016 CFRE Programme Updates.


Location: Akron Community Foundation, 345 West Cedar Street, Akron, OH 44307
Dates of Class: March 30-31, 2017
Chapter Contact: Jacquie Skrzpyiec
Chapter E-mail:
Chapter Phone:  330-329-2472
AFP Member Rate: $390
Non-Member Rate: $490
More Information/Registration:

Location: United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, #200, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Dates of Class: March 30-31, 2017
Chapter Contact: Allison Bough
Chapter E-mail:
Chapter Phone: 757-581-0054
AFP Member Rate: $390
Non-Member Rate: $490
Register by 3/15/17 for $30 Early Bird Discount
To Register by March 23, 2017 at 5PM, Visit:

Location: Moscone Center West, 800 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Date of Class: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 8:00am to 5:30pm
AFP Member Rate: $299
Non-Member Rate $369
For More Information/Registration:

Course: AFP CFRE Refresher Course (Replaces AFP CFRE Review Course)
Location: University of New Haven, Sawmill Building, Room 104, 600 Sawmill Road, West Haven, CT 06516
Dates of Class: June 22-23, 2017
Chapter Contact: Lisa Ferraro
Chapter E-mail:
Chapter Phone: 203-622-2940 x646
AFP Member Rate: $390
Non-Member Rate: $490
More Information/Registration:


Study on your own

If you haven’t the time to attend the CFRE Review Course, you may want to purchase the CFRE Review Course Participant Manual as a self-study guide.  To order the manual, visit the AFP Bookstore.





Interested in becoming a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)? 

CFRE stands for Certified Fund Raising Executive. The CFRE certification process consists of three parts: a written application, a written examination; and agreement to uphold a code of ethics and Accountability Standards.  There is a requirement to recertify every three (3) years.

Top 10 Reasons to Become CFRE-Certified

  • Certification grants you more credibility. CFRE certification serves as an impartial, third-party endorsement of your knowledge and experience against international standards in philanthropy. It adds to your credibility as a fundraiser and sets you apart from other professionals.
  • Certification can improve career opportunities and advancement. CFRE certification can give you the "edge" when being considered for a promotion or other career opportunities. CFRE certification clearly identifies you as an employee who has demonstrated mastery of fundraising principles and techniques based on accepted best practices.
  • Certification prepares you for greater on-the-job responsibilities. CFRE certification is a clear indicator of your willingness to invest in your own professional development. Certified professionals are aware of the constantly changing environment around their profession and possess the desire to anticipate and respond to change.
  • Certification improves skills and knowledge. Typically, achieving CFRE certification requires training, study and "keeping up" with changes. CFRE certification showcases your individual mastery by confirming proficiency and knowledge in the field. CFRE certification also requires recertification every three years, proving you stay ahead of the curve in fundraising.
  • Certification may provide for greater earnings potential. Many fundraising professionals who have become CFRE certificants experience salary and wage increases based on their certification status. Studies show that on average CFRE certificants earn 17% more than their non-certified counterparts. In addition, CFRE certificants are in high demand internationally.
  • Certification demonstrates your commitment to the fundraising profession. Receiving CFRE certification shows your peers, supervisors and, in turn, donors your commitment to your chosen career and your ability to perform to set standards.
  • Certification enhances the profession's image. CFRE certification programme seeks to grow, promote and develop certified professionals, who can stand "out in front" as role models in the fundraising field.
  • Certification reflects achievement. CFRE certification is a reflection of personal achievement because the individual has displayed mastery of his or her field by meeting requirements and standards set in philanthropy.
  • Certification builds self-esteem. CFRE certification is a step toward defining yourself beyond a job description or academic degree while gaining a sense of personal satisfaction.
  • Certification offers greater recognition from peers. As a CFRE certificant, you can expect increased recognition from your peers for taking that extra step in your professional career.


For additional information on the CFRE process, go to