HOW DO I GET MY CFE CERTIFICATION?
Participants in the CFE Program need 3,500 credits to receive the CFE designation. Credits for the CFE Program are broken out into three main categories: Education, Participation and Experience. CFE Program credits can be earned in different ways.
Requirement for each credit category are broken out as follows:
2, 500 Education Credits
Education credits are assigned through the completion of live and online education. Live education includes in-person events like the CFA National Convention and special CFE accredited seminars; online education includes online courses such as Profit Soup, Profit Mastery and Franklin Covey.
500 Participation Credits
Participation credits are assigned through participation at live events. Participation credits can also be received through attending CFA webinars both live and on-demand.
Candidates should list those events approved for Participation credits which they have attended within one year of date of enrollment.
500 Experience Credits
Experience credits are assigned based on an applicant’s work experience in franchising.
These are granted at the time of application and may be updated as the candidate continues in the program.
MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
All CFE candidates must complete the online Final Exam and the FRAN-GUARD™ program. While the Final Exam is not assigned a credit count, FRAN-GUARD will be recognized for 300 CFE Education credits toward the required 2500 CFE Education credits. Both are mandatory components to complete the CFE Program. Candidates may earn the remaining required education credits by attending onsite and online programs.
APPLYING FOR CFE CREDITS
CFE credits will be granted to a CFE candidate for ICFE approved courses or seminars up to one year prior to the time that the CFE candidate enrolled in the CFE program. CFE applicants who request CFE credits for courses or seminars that were taken prior to the time the course was approved by the ICFE Board will not be approved. CFE credits will only be granted for courses or seminars taken if they were approved at the time the individual took the course or seminar. A CFE candidate may request CFE credit for courses or seminars by ICFE-approved Course Providers that are offered as part of a company training program by the Course Provider. In such cases, if the request is approved, the CFE candidate must pay an additional $200 fee for each course that is approved for CFE credits. Final approval and granting of the CFE designation is made by the Canadian Franchise Association following a review of each candidate’s application and course work. Candidates must complete all requirements by December 31 of the year preceding the year in which they expect to receive their CFE designation. Once a candidate completes all requirements he/she will be notified that they may commence using the CFE designation and will be included as a graduate of the following year’s convention, e.g. complete credits in 2021 – will be part of class of 2022. Official CFE pins and certificates will be presented at the CFA Annual Convention
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET CERTIFICATION?
Participants in the CFE Program have three years from the date of their enrollment to complete their designation. The time to complete the program will vary based on the individual’s schedule, however on average, most participants will complete the required 3,500 credits within two (2) years.
If you were pre-enrolled for the program, your three-year term officially started when the program launched in July 2021.
WHAT IF I AM ALREADY REGISTERED WITH THE IFA?
If you are already registered for the CFE Program through the IFA, you can continue working towards your designation and now receive credits for your participation in CFA events and educational opportunities as well.