1. Core Curriculum-All participants will be required to complete six one-day seminars from the following topics:
All of the above courses will be developed and presented with a set course curriculum developed by The IFEA Academy of Event Education. The curriculum for each course may be viewed simply by clicking on the course desired. Participants will be given certificates of accomplishment at the end of each course as proof of completion.
2. Electives-All participants will be required to complete four elective courses from the following topics:
Elective courses are always offered at the IFEA annual convention and IFEA affiliated chapter conferences (including international), in addition to the IFEA's Webinar Series. (Click Here to view Webinar Schedule). Other IFEA approved courses meeting elective standards must be marked in convention/institution programs and will have certificates of accomplishment available for those who request them as part of their certification process.
3. Membership-All certification candidates will be required to be an IFEA member in good standing before receiving their certification designation. (Click Here for membership information)
4. Experience-To graduate with a CFEE designation a candidate must have a minimum of five (5) years paid, full-time, direct event-related experience. This can be achieved during the time that the candidate is going through the certification program.
5. Convention Attendance-Candidates must attend a minimum of two (2) IFEA annual or affiliated chapter conventions (including international) within the three years prior to their final certification. Certificates of Attendance will be available for those needing proof of this component. In situations where convention attendance is prohibited by professional commitments, other IFEA seminars may be substituted and/or the time required extended.
6. Publication-Candidates must provide a minimum of at least one publishable article, of between 1,800 to 2,200 words (no less than 1800 words), for inclusion in "i.e.: the business of international events" magazine, other IFEA resource publications or another comparable industry publication. Topics must be approved prior to writing, by the IFEA editorial committee and will be deemed acceptable by the same. Copies of the published article(s) will serve as proof of this component. For information on writing for IFEA's "i.e." magazine, click here.
7. Speaking Presentations-Candidates must do a formal speaking presentation at an approved IFEA annual convention, seminar, or affiliate chapter conference (including international) or another comparable professional industry organization conference/seminar. A resulting speaker evaluation rating of 3.0 (out of 5) or better is required. The appropriate convention program committee/coordinator must approve topics in advance and speaker evaluation letters will serve as proof of completion.
8. Assessment-The final component in the completion of the certification process, assessment is also the component that adds true credibility/validity/reliability to the process. The last component in the certification process is the Final Assessment. It is designed to show a direct link between information received and its actual usability as it pertains to a professional career. This process will require each candidate to submit two case studies that demonstrate and explain how he/she has applied information covered in two of the six core curriculum courses in the actual performance of their jobs. The case studies must be submitted electronically to the IFEA Academy of Event Education assessment committee a minimum of two months prior to the IFEA annual convention, giving them ample time to disseminate and review each one. The certification designation will be then awarded at the IFEA annual convention closest to the assessment date. Case studies deemed less than acceptable for completion of the certification process will be returned to the candidate with specific comments and direction. The candidate will be allowed to resubmit during the following year.