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Program Structure

CFE candidates build expertise and collect CFE program credits via ongoing CFE approved education programs. Candidates need at least 3,500 credits to apply for the CFE designation.

The CFE program is divided into three core areas:

  1. Education (minimum 2,500 core credits)

  2. Participation (maximum 500 credits)

  3. Experience (maximum 500 credits)

Click here to view a flow chart represention of the CFE journey from enrolment to accrediation.

1. Education 

You will be required to earn at least 2,500 credits through participation in CFE endorsed education, training and workshops (including online).


FCA approved education suppliers are required to make formal application via the Franchise Academy Education Manage to secure CFE endorsement and credits for their short courses and other education programs. Click here for more details.


2. Participation

All CFE candidates must earn 500 credits by taking part in events/activities approved by the FCA. These include:

Approved FCA Events

CFE Participation


FCA Board member or special interest committee Chair of the FCA 100
FCA National Convention session attendance 200
FCA National Convention Legal Symposium attendance 50
FCA roundtables, breakfasts and other industry events


per event or as otherwise specified by the FCA

Participation in FCA Franchise Industry Forums 50
FCA events - key note speaker engagements where written paper or notes have been produced and vetted 100
FCA National Convention session panelist 50
Volunteer positions of FCA State Chapter President, FCA Director or head of special interest group, eg Chair of Women in Franchising Volunteer Committee 100
Other approved local and international franchising conventions, exhibitions and shows


or as otherwise specified by the FCA

3. Experience

Finally, you can earn up to 500 credits for your past work or training experiences - as a franchisor, franchisee, consultant, accountant, lawyer, supplier or academic in any area that involves working with or for a franchise company.


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