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CFEE Certification

  • Do you want to take your career in the Festivals and Events Industry to the next level?
  • Do you want to get noticed over everyone else in today's competitive job market?
  • Do you want to increase the chances of raising your earning potential?
  • Do you want to connect with a group of like-minded professionals from around the world?
  • Do you want to establish professional credibility and demonstrate you are committed to mastering your skills and knowledge in the Festivals & Events Industry?
If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then the IFEA's Certified Festival & Event Executive (CFEE) Program, sponsored by Kaliff Insurance, is for you!

With intensive core classes covering: Sponsorship; Non-Sponsorship Revenue; Project Management; Operations/Risk Management; Marketing & Media Relations; and Administration & Management; in addition to an emphasis on industry experience, written communication, public speaking, practical application and continued industry education; completion of the IFEA's CFEE Certification demonstrates that you have completed the steps necessary to be a professional in the Festivals & Events Industry.

Whether you prefer to attend classes in-person, or online, the IFEA CFEE Program provides students the opportunity for both, making it so easy and convenient to complete your certification based on your budget and time!

Take the next step to advance your career - start (or finish) your IFEA CFEE Certification today!

CFEE Program Components:

All of the below components must be met and completed starting when you officially enroll in the CFEE Program with the exception of the 5 years experience.
CFEE Students must complete all components within 3 years after initial enrollment.

  1. Experience: Complete minimum of five (5) years paid, full time, direct event related experience at a professional level
  2. Membership: Maintain an IFEA Membership in good standing
  3. Publication: Write a minimum of at least one publishable article of no less than 1800 words for inclusion in IFEA’s “ie” magazine (to view examples, click here. Member only Access).
  4. Speaking Presentation: Complete a formal speaking presentation at an approved IFEA Webinar (preferred speaking option), Annual Convention, Seminar or affiliate conference.
  5. Electives: Complete four (4) elective educational courses through the IFEA Annual Convention or Live attendance at IFEA Webinar presentations.
  6. Convention Attendance: Attend a minimum of two (2) IFEA Annual Conventions or Affiliate Conventions OR a combination of LIVE virtual attendance at 20 IFEA Webinar Presentations or IFEA Virtual Affinity Groups.
  7. Core Education Classes: Complete all six core educational curriculum classes: Non-Sponsorship Revenue; Project Management; Operations/Risk Management; Marketing & Media Relations; Administration & Management; Sponsorship/ Sponsor Service
  8. Final Assessment: Complete two (2) case studies that demonstrate and explain how applicant has applied knowledge learned from core classes in the actual performance of their job.

Prerequisites for CFEE Certification:

  1. Applicant must be enrolled in the CFEE program and have completed all requirements
  2. Applicant must have five years paid, full-time festival or event related industry experience at a professional level
  3. Applicant must be currently employed in the festival and events industry
  4. Applicant must be an active IFEA member in good standing before CFEE designation will be awarded.

To Complete Certification:

After completion of all program requirements, please complete the checklist linked above and submit with CFEE Certification Final Fee. (Please keep a copy of this checklist for your files and complete as you proceed through the CFEE Process.) CFEE designation will be awarded upon completion of program. Formal recognition of applicants CFEE status will be presented at the IFEA Annual Convention closest to the date of the applicant’s program completion.

CFEE Financial Investment:

All participants of the CFEE Program must pay the Enrollment Fee and Certification Fee, in addition to completing all the remaining CFEE Certification Requirements and Electives and any costs involved in order to Graduate from the CFEE Program.

CFEE Enrollment Fee:

Must be paid upon CFEE Enrollment.
  • $200 (IFEA Members)
  • $500 (Non-IFEA Members)

IFEA Membership

Must be an IFEA Member in good standing prior to receiving CFEE designation. Membership ranges from the below rates:
  • $340 - Organization budget of $50,000 or less
  • $800 - Organization budget of $50,000 to $250,000
  • $1300 - Organization budget of $250,000 to $1.5 Million
  • $1650 - Organization budget of Over $1.5 Million

CFEE Educational Credit

(Covers Electives & Convention Attendance Requirements). CFEE Educational Credit can be achieved by either:

  • Attending two (2) IFEA Annual Conventions;
  • Through a combination of LIVE virtual attendance at 24 IFEA Webinar Presentations or IFEA Virtual Affinity Groups;
  • Through a combination of one (1) IFEA Annual Convention and 12 IFEA Webinar Presentations or IFEA Virtual Affinity Groups.
Separate registration and fees associated with each option.

IFEA Convention Member Registration Rate per convention, depending on registration date:

  • $695, $795, $895 (IFEA Members)
  • $995, $1095, 1195 (Non-IFEA Members)

Virtual Educational Credit through IFEA Webinars/Virtual Affinity Groups. (Effective 2/1/2022 - must be paid by any new CFEE Enrollees prior to starting virtual programming if selecting this path.) 12 credits = 1 Convention | 24 credits = 2 Conventions.

IFEA Members
  • $200 for 12 Credits
  • $400 for 24 Credits
Non-IFEA Members
  • $400 for 12 Credits
  • $800 for 24 Credits

CFEE Core Class Fee:

CFEE Core Classes can be completed by either:

Registering for Core Classes individually, offered at the following rate per class (6 classes total)

  • $195 (IFEA Members)
  • $395 (Non-IFEA Members

Registering for ALL 6 Core Classes offered through CFEE FastTrack for the following rate for all 6 Classes:

  • $600 (IFEA Members)
  • $1295 (Non-IFEA Members)
Completing the IFEA/NRPA Event Management School at Oglebay - a 2 year program offered every January. Learn more. Yearly all-inclusive registration rates range from:
  • $2232.22 - $22433.79 (IFEA Members)
  • $2532.22 - $2733.79 (Non-IFEA Members)

CFEE Certification Fee (Final):

Must be paid before CFEE Certification can be awarded.
  • $250 (IFEA Members)
  • $550 (Non-IFEA Members)

REGISTRATION - MEMBERS

REGISTRATION - NON-MEMBERS

MORE DETAILS

Questions?

  • Please contact Cindy Lerick, CFEE Program Coordinator, Email: cindy@ifea.com.
  • Registration Questions, please contact Kaye Campbell, CFEE, Director of Partnerships, Programs & Finance at kaye@ifea.com or +1-208-433-0950 ext: 8150.

Graduate Testimonial

The CFEE program provides great education and professional development from veteran peers in our industry. More importantly, it connected me to colleagues from across the world that I can lean on for ideas and support.
Daphne Dickens, CFEE
Director of Guest Engagement
Des Moines Arts Festival

Graduate Testimonial

Getting my CFEE is the single best thing I've done to advance my career. Not only did I learn so much that has helped at work, I have also made contacts in our industry who I can call on for help anytime I need it and friends to last a lifetime. If you're thinking about getting your CFEE, stop thinking! Do it!
Dave Bullard, CFEE
Public Relations & Marketing Manager
The Great New York State Fair

Graduate Testimonial

Obtaining my CFEE from the IFEA was something that meant so much to me. After receiving my CFEA from TFEA, I knew I wanted to complete this designation as a true reflection of my passion for this industry. Event & Tourism are the backbone of my community. The more I can learn to support the industry, the better for my community.
Tammy Dooley, CFEE
Director
Granbury Convention & Visitors Bureau

Graduate Testimonial

I am so excited to become part of the CFEE family after 13 years working at ArtsQuest and nearly 20 years in the festivals and events space.
We learned so much from the instructors about planning the best practices, and it was great to connect with our peers, especially during these incredibly challenging past couple of years where programming was so limited. I look forward to applying what I've learned and being able to connect with my fellow CFEE's with challenging questions or new event ideas for their perspectives.
Curt Mosel, CFEE
Chief Operating Officer
ArtsQuest

Kaliff Insurance, Sponsor of the CFEE Program

Kaliff believes that certified professionals are the cornerstone of a safe and successful festival and events industry.

Founded in 1917, Kaliff Insurance has served the insurance needs of the business and amusement industry for the past 86 years. In response to numerous requests for Midway Liability insurance, Kaliff Insurance established its Carnival Division in 1955. They have earned success from their clients, carriers, the community and their associates by treating them with the professionalism and respect that they deserve. Their experience and dedication to the industry will benefit your organization by providing you with service designed to take the mystery out of insurance including risk management assistance to reduce your exposure to loss and control future insurance related costs.
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