The IFEA Educational Foundation helps to support the mission and vision of the IFEA by providing financial support that allows the organization to fulfill it's educational goals; goals which further ensure the quality of both the events and the professionals who make up our unique industry. Some of the educational and program support made possible in-part by the IFEA Educational Foundation are listed below. Your financial donations and support make these programs possible.
Convention Speaker Support
Professional speakers and trainers, the best in our business, are one of the monikers that IFEA conventions and seminars are best known for. IFEA attendees learn from the top experts in our field who share their best practices, advice and creativity for success in our industry. Each year, nearly 90% of the session speakers and topics at IFEA events are new, reflecting the most current trends and issues affecting those in our field. The IFEA Foundation helps to make these speakers possible, providing support for speaker fees, travel, and program support needs.
CFEE Professional Certification, CFEE FastTrack and Advanced Professionals Program
Professional Certification is an important step in the career track of leaders in all industries. It enhances professional stature among ones peers; recognizes those who have gone beyond expectations to be the best that they can be; makes a statement to those with whom we do business; provides a leveraged position from which to negotiate and build career success; and sets higher standards for our industry. For all of these reasons, it is important that the IFEA offer a certification program.
The IFEA's Certified Festival and Event Executive (CFEE) program was founded in 1983 to provide an opportunity for industry professionals to achieve those goals. The program has evolved significantly over the years and currently has over 250 graduates. The CFEE program is proudly sponsored by Kaliff Insurance. Kaliff Insurance believes that certified professionals are the cornerstone of a safe and successful festival and events industry.With the combined support of our sponsors, the IFEA Academy of Event Education and the IFEA Foundation, the IFEA keeps updated all professional certification curriculum and guidelines for the CFEE program, and has begun expanding our ability to offer courses and credits to new corners of the globe. New top-level speakers for the Advanced Professionals courses have enhanced the value of that program in an ever-changing world; and two days of professional / certification programming during our convention now provide expanded opportunities for continuing education at all levels.
The development and expansion of our new CFEE FastTrack has opened up many new doors for those in our industry that may not otherwise have had that opportunity presented to them. Enrollment has grown to reflect a real interest in this valuable program that serves as a way to raise the professional training level in our industry across the board and provide a statement of credibility for those who complete the defined curriculum and requirements, to those both inside and outside of our industry. We anticipate expansion of this program even further in the years ahead thanks to the ground work that has been laid to date.