CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) Refresher Course


CFRE Refresher Course

September 25-26, 2019

2-Day Comprehensive Course

(This program is only offered in Central Ohio every other year.  Next offering will be in 2021.)

2019 Scholarship application and registrations deadlines extended.

  The AFP CFRE Refresher Course asks you to apply fundraising theory, skills, and techniques within the six knowledge domains of the field, based on experience at the 3 to 5-year level. This course will not be presented in a lecture format; it will be presented by fellow fundraisers that have obtained their CFRE’s.
2019 Course Details
Dates & Location: Wednesday & Thursday, September 25-26, 2019 8am – 5:30pm (both days) American Red Cross 995 E Broad St., Columbus, OH Parking is Free

Registration Fee: $390 for AFP Members $490 for Non-members

Fee includes all sessions, workbook, refreshments and lunch both days.

16 CFRE Credits applied for and pending

Registration Deadline is now Friday, September 13, 2019



or complete and return the hard-copy registration form below


Scholarships opportunities are available for AFP members.

Scholarship Information and Application

Deadline for scholarship applications is now: Wednesday, September 11, 2019



For more information contact course co-chairs 

Mayme Norman



Jane Nolan


CFRE stands for Certified Fund Raising Executive. This 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. The CFRE process requires a comprehensive written application followed by a written exam. Individuals interested in the CFRE designation must have at least five years of paid, professional practice in fundraising, meet all of the minimum eligibility requirements, and pass the written exam. The CFRE designation has on-going requirements in order to maintain the certification; the holder must demonstrate he/she continues to meet requirements. The AFP CFRE Refresher Course uses case studies to provide a “refresher” of the six fundraising knowledge domains and the core principles and concepts that all experienced fundraising professionals should know.  While the course is designed as a refresher and not an in-depth review, course delivery is flexible with 1-day and 2-day options to allow extra time for discussion. The course is taught in an active learning style and includes mini case studies (“caselets”) for group discussion, making the learning experience both substantive and enjoyable. Learning objectives include:
  • Apply fundraising skills and knowledge to real-life scenarios.
  • Identify personal strengths and weaknesses in terms of your understanding of the fundraising knowledge domains.
  • Assess personal readiness to take the CFRE examination.
  • Develop an effective personal study plan.

The AFP CFRE Refresher Course is not designed to be a preparatory course for the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Examination but instead is a review of the body of knowledge at the five year level which many individuals use in studying for the exam. There is no guarantee that any of the specific content covered in this course will appear as specific items on the CFRE examination. CFRE International does not sponsor or endorse any educational programs, and this course was not developed in conjunction with CFRE International.

AFP strongly suggests that participation in the AFP CFRE Refresher Course be just one element of one’s study plan to prepare for the CFRE Exam. Please visit the CFRE International website for additional study materials. A complete overview of the development function for fundraising professionals who would like to improve their development skills, learn to raise money more efficiently or build upon their current development skills.

For more information visit

AFP Global Education Courses Chair

Kati Serbu

Assistant Director, Leadership Annual Giving - The Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center

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