How to Apply
The entire ACFRE program must be completed within two (2) years of the date that the ACFRE Certification Board accepts an application. A candidate may request one one-year extension to his/her calendar at any time during the process. Upon completion of the four sequential components outlined below, the ACFRE Certification Board confers upon candidates the designation of Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE).
Four stage ACFRE process
This is a brief overview of the credentialing process. For additional detail, please download the materials below.
Association of Fundraising Professionals
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The end result
“The credentialing process changes the candidate,” said C. Vernon Snyder, ACFRE, during the January ACFRE board meeting. The process can help you have a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses as a fundraiser, give you the opportunity to invest in your professional development, and allow you to take personal responsibility for your career progression. Regardless of the outcome of your ACFRE journey, you will have moments of introspection, frustration, great disappointment and great joy. At the end, the board hopes that your commitment to your career, to the philanthropic sector, and to supporting your colleagues through lifelong learning, mentoring, and volunteer leadership will be stronger than ever.
I’m grateful for the process of becoming an ACFRE as well as being one! There’s no substitute for the feelings of professional accomplishment, and I cherish the friendships made along the way with other dedicated professionals.
--Jan F. Brazzell, Ph.D., ACFRE