Become Certified

Wondering why you should become a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE)? Learn about the benefits here.

Learn via video how to become a CFLE!

Minimum requirements

Applicants for the CFLE designation must have completed at least a bachelor's degree at an accredited college/university.

Accredited means a recognized regional agency for the accreditation of baccalaureate institutions. Acceptable agencies include: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Two levels of certification

There are two levels of certification: provisional and full.

  • Provisional certification is available to applicants who can demonstrate content knowledge in each of the 10 family life content areas, but who have not yet earned enough work experience hours in family life education to qualify for full-certification status.
  • Full certification is available to CFLE applicants who can demonstrate both content knowledge and sufficient work experience in family life education.

Two ways to become a CFLE

  • The Abbreviated Application Process is for recent college graduates — graduated within two years of their CFLE application date — of CFLE-approved academic programs.
  • The CFLE Exam Application Process is available for those who are not recent graduates of a CFLE-approved academic program.

Degrees earned outside the United States

Applicants with a degree earned outside of the United States must provide evidence of degree equivalency to a degree earned in the United States. Credentials should be evaluated by an official credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Find a list of NACES members on the NACES website.

Degrees earned in Canada must be accredited through the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC).

Exam Application Process

Candidates who have not recently graduated from a CFLE-approved academic program can attain certification by completing the CFLE exam.

Abbreviated Application Process

Recent graduates of CFLE-approved academic programs can apply for certification through the abbreviated application process.

CFLE Course Checklists by School

An alphabetical listing of programs with course checklists that have been approved by the Certified Family Life Educator academic program review committee.

CFLE-Approved Online Course Listing

For use in the CFLE abbreviated application process

Work Experience for Full Certification

CFLE full certification requires a certain number of hours of family life education work experience.

CFLE Standards and Criteria

This document includes information on the history and purpose of the designation as well as information on the application processes and the requirements for maintaining the CFLE designation.

CFLE Code of Ethics

All current Certified Family Life Educators must read and sign the CFLE code of ethics.