National fundraising qualifications across Europe are being enhanced and extended to meet the new EFA certified syllabus, which launched in September 2020.
By January 2022, all qualifications submitted to EFA will need to meet the new syllabus in order for certification status to be awarded or maintained (re-certification).
EFA has been certifying national fundraising qualifications since 2007, with 11 accredited qualifications now offered across Europe. The scheme enables fundraising associations to develop professional qualifications that share a common set of fundraising competencies, while reflecting the cultural, economic and geographic backdrop of the national fundraising environment.
Charlotte Rydh, Chair of EFA’s Certification Committee and Secretary General of Give Sweden (Giva Sverige), says:
“EFA’s new syllabus has been developed to ensure that certified qualifications reflect current fundraising trends, channels and technological advances, as well as changes to regulation and best practice. Moving over to this syllabus is an important step to ensure that the qualifications we offer practitioners really do reflect the realities of working as a fundraiser in today’s world.”
EFA certified fundraising qualifications are delivered in partnership by fundraising associations and specialist training providers. Qualifications must be re-certified every three years to retain EFA’s accreditation. While first-time applications for EFA Certification are already required to meet the new syllabus, this applies for re-certification applications from 2022 onwards.
For more information about certification, the new Certification Handbook, (including the syllabus or competency framework), guidelines for delivery and application forms, see our certification resources page.
Rydh adds: “In such a fast-changing world, it is essential that there is clarity over the standards, skills and knowledge required for fundraising, and a clear pathway to help industry bodies and training providers develop qualifications that meet their needs.”
EFA certified fundraising qualifications align with levels 3 and 4 of the European Qualification Framework (EQF)1.
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