AFP Maryland CFRE Study Groups

Are you interested in participating in a CFRE study group? Let us help you get connected with colleagues who are also preparing for the exam! Contact CFRE Chair, Christina Bauer, for details.

What is the CFRE Program?


The Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) program provides the only internationally- recognized professional credential for fundraising professionals. The CFRE Program consists of three parts:

1. Application: All candidates must complete a written application which requires information in four areas: Professional Practice; Education; Performance (dollars raised); and Service. Visit the CFRE website at for additional information.
2. Examination: Once a candidate demonstrates the minimum requirements on the written application, there is a written, multiple-choice examination designed to assess fundamental knowledge of fundraising theory and practice in the following areas: Prospect Identification, Solicitation, Donor Relations, Volunteerism, Management, and Stewardship. 
3. Recertification: Once a candidate passes the written examination and is granted certification, he or she must apply for recertification every three years. A new application updating your Professional Practice, Education, Performance (dollars raised) and Service is required. There is no examination requirement.

CFRE candidates must agree to uphold the Donor Bill of Rights and to adhere to a code of ethics and standards of professional practice in order to participate in the program.

Eligibility requirements are detailed in the CFRE Candidate Handbook which also contains an application. To receive an application for the CFRE program, call 703-519-8480 or go to and click on "Apply Now" for online application.

AFP Maryland Supports our Members' Pursuit of the CFRE Credential! 

To assist you in preparing to sit for the CFRE Examination, AFP Maryland has purchased three Participants Manuals entitled, "CFRE Review Course: AFP's Review Course for the CFRE Exam." This book is a wonderful resource to assist experienced fundraisers in preparing for the exam. The books are available to AFP Maryland members who have been granted authorization by the CFRE International to sit for the exam. To reserve this book, contact AFP Maryland.