Not just Qualified: Certified

The mission of the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives™ (ICFE) is to certify and educate individuals & organizations to the highest standards. We are a leading resource to accelerate individual & organizational growth.

Providing applicable, forward-thinking education opportunities and facilitating a continuous improvement network of trusted colleagues enhances the professionalism of our membership and franchising as a whole.

Just another benefit of becoming part of this strong, knowledgeable, and growing community.

What is the CFE Program?

Graduates of the Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) certification program gain confidence in their knowledge, skills, and abilities to work as experienced industry professionals in the ever-growing franchising community. Students who successfully complete the program will receive the Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) certification, conferring strong credibility in their franchising expertise.

The Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) certification program gives you the tools you need to reach your greatest potential. This certification provides:

Professional Development: Curated educational opportunities will provide in-depth insights into all things franchising. An impressive array of course offerings with valuable pertinent curricula will equip you with the knowledge to excel on diverse fronts. In a time where businesses depend on constant advancement, professional development and expanding your knowledge base has never been so imperative.

Industry Recognition: A symbol of leadership and accomplishment, the CFE designation is highly regarded by the franchising community.

Peer Networking: The CFE Program combined with IFA events creates an energized and rich environment for networking with industry professionals. Everyone wins when we share ideas and best practices.

Professional Standing: Over the course of your leadership career, we must continue to learn, listen, and adapt. The CFE designation is highly recognized, showing years of experience, commitment to growth, and a desire to continually meet challenges.

Commitment to Franchising: The CFE designation exemplifies a commitment and passion for franchising and the franchising community. The program provides information, direction, and guidance for all members of the community.

It’s never too late and you’re never too young, too old, or too experienced not to benefit from being a qualified, driven, and successful CFE.

The vitality of your business depends on your ability to learn and grow throughout your career. The CFE certification program maintaining valuable development with multiple opportunities to gain more credits and deepen your knowledge every step of the way.

Whether you're a seasoned veteran or just starting out—you can always continue to grow and advance your career and professional goals. The CFE certification program is here for you to take that next step and will continually provide avenues for future growth.

Beyond networking with other passionate franchising professionals in this community, the CFE certification program offers a great place to start building the practical skills and resources you need to advance in your prospective industry.

Learn and develop to stay competitive. Understand trends in your industry, network to grow, and never give up. The sky is the limit.

Please note that you are not currently able to view your CFE credits on the IFA member portal. We apologize for the inconvenience and are hoping to resolve this as soon as possible. Please contact Casey Mensinger - with any questions.  

Steps to Becoming Certified

The next step to a successful career starts now. Apply, enroll, and gain CFE certification by accumulating experience, participation, and education credits in areas that interest you and pertain to your goals.

What are you waiting for?


Have questions? Contact Casey.

Casey Mensinger

Manager, Development & Programs, IFA Foundation