CEFL Certification Program Registration

  • Sunday, April 21, 2024
  • Sunday, November 17, 2024
  • (Online) Asynchronous


Join the 2024 CEFL Cohort!

The Certificate in Education Foundation Leadership, CEFL, is the professional standard and is the only certification program designed exclusively for education foundation leaders and executives. This program provides foundation leaders with specific skills and knowledge required to lead and manage an education foundation, regardless of size.

The CEFL Certification Program is offered online in an asynchronous format that is self-paced with weekly deadlines. Optional weekly check-ins over Zoom provide a space to connect in real time with instructors and peers from across the country.

Each course is four weeks; the certificate can be completed in about six months. There is a "Flex" week between each course. This allows students the flexibility to work ahead, catch up on any missed work, or just enjoy some time off.

This six-course program is ideal for education foundation leaders, foundation staff, and board members who are passionate about the advancement of the industry, their foundation, and their professional growth.


You must be a member in good standing with the NAEF and maintain active membership to retain certification.


Full program registration and for course CEFL 101 closes on April 21, 2024. You can also choose to register and pay by course.

Registration Fee

The cost for the six-course program is $3,000 and we provide two payment options:

  • Pay in full and receive a 10% or $300 discount. Payment of $2,700 must be received on or before April 21, 2024.
  • Pay by the course at $500/each. We must receive payment before the start of the course.

We must receive payment in advance of the course start date to provide you with access to the online learning platform.

Course Calendar

The six-course session begins April 21 and concludes November 17, 2024. Enrolled students may access course materials beginning April 21; courses being April 28.

Access our CEFL Certification web page

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