FUNDRAISING NEWS: Fundraising exam to become available in UK

Emma Maier

The Association of Fundraising Consultants is to make the Certified Fundraising Executive certificate for senior fundraising professionals available in the UK for the first time.

The association has signed up as a 'participating organisation' with CFRE International, the body that runs the certification scheme, and plans to hold the first UK-based CFRE exam on 14 June in central London.

The CFRE certificate, which is held by more than 6,000 fundraisers throughout Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US, is only available to those with more than five years' professional experience. Entrants must sit an exam and demonstrate a proven track record of successfully raising money. Those holding CFRE certificates are required to re-certify every three years to make sure that their skills are up-to-date.

"I originally got my CFRE in Australia. There is nothing like it over here, so I approached the association," said Andrew Day, vice-chair at the association and group chief executive of Compton International Fundraising. "People are much more mobile now, and this will enable us to employ people from abroad, and it will be easier for UK fundraisers to be recognised in other countries."

The Association of Fundraising Consultants has been working to make the qualification available in the UK for the past 18 months. The association is now holding a series of free introductory sessions for those interested in becoming CFRE-certified. Contact Laureen Whateley on 01926 614555.

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