Professional Certifications


AFP offers a number of educational opportunities especially for the experienced fundraising practitioner. These opportunities address both the practical skills and theoretical understanding required of advanced-level fundraisers. Visit the CFRE International website for more information.

2023 Programming With CFRE Credits

CFRE Credits Event Date Title Event Information
1.0 February 22, 2023 Breakthroughs in Growing Your Donor Base Full Event Details & Registration
1.0 April 12, 2023 Ethical Storytelling Full Event Details & Registration
5.0 May 9, 2023 Lehigh Valley Philanthropy Institute Full Event Details & Registration
1.0 June 2, 2023 Research for the Win! Full Event Details & Registration

Download your 2023 CFRE tracker here.

CFRE Exam Dates for Initial Certification

Annual Testing Window Testing Dates Application Deadline
#1 January 15 - March 15 January 15
#2 April 15 - June 15 April 15
#3 July 15 - September 15 July 15
#4 October 1 - November 30 October 1

Our Lehigh Valley Philanthropy Institute provides an excellent annual opportunity for members to achieve 10+ CFRE credits towards their certification. There are also numerous opportunities throughout the year to earn credits by coming out to our monthly programming.

Download this tracker to keep track of your credits.

If you have any questions about the CFRE process, come out to an event and ask a Chapter member about their experience.


What is the CFRE?

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 five years of experience. This practice-based designation requires demonstration of having met these standards through both an application and a written examination.

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

Who administers/recognizes the CFRE?

The CFRE Program is governed by the CFRE Professional Certification Board. The program and the board is administered in cooperation with leading philanthropic associations:

  • Association of Christian Development Professionals (ACDP)
  • Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP)
  • Association of Fundraising Consultants (AFC)
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
  • Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE)
  • Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP)
  • Association Canadienne des Professionnels en dons Planifies (ACPDP)
  • Council for Resource Development (CRD)
  • Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA)
  • Fundraising Institute of New Zealand (FINZ)
  • International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC)
  • National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC)
  • North American YMCA Development Organization (NAYDO)
  • Philanthropic Services for Institutions (PSI)
  • United Way of America


What is the ACFRE?

The Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive Program is administered by the ACFRE Professional Certification Board.

Certification as ACFRE requires successful completion of four stages of the process, which must be completed sequentially: a written application, a written examination, a portfolio review, and an oral peer review.

What opportunities meet the ACFRE requirements?

Candidates for ACFRE Professional Certification should be aware that not all "advanced" or "senior executive" continuing education opportunities are acceptable for the ACFRE application process.

To be eligible, such activities must address one or more specific topics in Advanced Organizational Management or Advanced Organizational Leadership, as described in the ACFRE Application and Guidelines.

What criteria do I need to satisfy?

Those interested in pursuing an ACFRE certification must meet the following criteria:

  • Have at least 10 years of experience in professional fundraising.
  • Currently have or hope to attain a leadership or managerial role in philanthropy.
  • Want to expand their knowledge and understanding of fundraising history, philosophy, and theory beyond a basic level, and/or
  • Have identified the ACFRE designation as a career objective.