Created with EU funding, EFA Certification is a framework for national fundraising qualifications, enabling fundraising associations and educational providers to develop their own qualifications around a common set of fundraising competencies. With an EFA certified qualification, fundraisers can demonstrate their commitment to the profession and that they are part of a formal industry with robust standards.
EFA's certification committee revised and updated the competencies for professional fundraising qualifications in 2020 to ensure they reflect the realities of modern day fundraising. These are available in the EFA Certification Handbook.
Originally modelled on the Institute of Fundraising's Certificate in Fundraising Management, the certification programme gives EFA members the tools they need to develop their own national training programmes and fundraising qualifications, in conjunction with education partners.
Once approved by EFA’s certification committee, they become accredited qualifications, recognised internationally.
The committee has approved 11 fundraising qualifications, which are now available across Europe.
"Only by establishing robust and professional standards, can we build public trust in not-for-profit organisations and encourage philanthropy. An EFA certified qualification is a fundraising ‘passport’ that brings both recognition and mobility to work in other cultures to a shared set of principles."