CFLE Certification

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) provides certification that's recognized internationally for family life education professions. 

This certification program — the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) program — encourages applications from professionals with preparation and experience in family life education settings, including formal teaching, research/scholarship, community education, public information and education, curriculum and resource development, health care, military family support, and ministry. CFLEs have a minimum of a bachelor's degree, and many have advanced degrees.

Learn more about the certification and the certification process below.

What is Family Life Education?

Family life education focuses on healthy family functioning within a family systems perspective and provides a primarily preventive approach. Learn more here.

Become Certified

There are two levels of certification (provisional and full), and two paths you could take to reach either level.

Maintain Your Certification

There are a few requirements to maintaining the CFLE designation once you've earned it.

For Academic Institutions

NCFR recognizes the family life education-related coursework at many colleges and universities as fulfilling the requirements for provisional CFLE certification.

CFLE Continuing Education

For CFLE's looking for continuing education opportunities, and for groups that would like their meetings approved to offer continuing education credits.


CFLE fees beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

CFLE News and Products

Read CFLE news, shop for teaching and learning materials, and find out about the CFLE listserv.

CFLE Committees and Awards

Find materials related to the CFLE Special Recognition Award, as well as lists of the volunteer committee members who keep the certification program running and current.