Candidates who have not recently graduated from a CFLE-approved academic program can take the CFLE exam to become certified. To qualify to sit for the exam you need at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university.

You can apply for either provisional or full certification:

  • Provisional certification is available to those who have at least a bachelor's degree and can demonstrate knowledge in each of the 10 Family Life Education content areas, but who have not yet earned sufficient work experience hours in Family Life Education to qualify for full certification.
  • Full certification is available for individuals who have earned the required amount of Family Life Education work experience.

Submission Requirements for CFLE Exam Application

You will apply online to become a CFLE through the CFLE exam application process. During the online application process, here is what you will be asked to do or provide:

  • Update your NCFR profile (contact, employment, and education information)
  • Select your level of certification — either provisional or full
  • Select your exam window (the date range in which you will take the exam)
  • Submit an original, official transcript showing degree completion and successful completion of the required coursework.
    • Your transcript must have a watermark, be embossed, or have other authenticating marks as described on the document. Official paper transcripts do not have to be mailed directly from the school or be in a sealed envelope. If you would like to submit an electronic transcript it must be an official transcript and be emailed to Maddie Hansen from the university ("Maddie Hansen" and the NCFR address needs to appear as the recipient if that information is required). Please note that we cannot accept photocopies of transcripts, or transcripts faxed, emailed, or printed by the applicant.
  • Read and sign the CFLE Code of Professional Ethics
  • Pay the application feePlease note: Application fees are nonrefundable.
    • Provisional certification exam application fee: $220 for NCFR members; $295 for nonmembers
    • Full certification exam application fee: $305 for NCFR members; $410 for nonmembers

In addition to the items listed above, applicants pursuing full certification through the CFLE-approved program application process must also submit:

  • documentation of relevant work experiences, including:
    • job title
    • start and end dates
    • total hours for each employment setting/activity
    • calculations showing how you arrived at those hours
    • brief description of activity, and
    • the content areas addressed.
  • supporting documentation for each work experience (examples include course outlines/syllabi, brochures, handouts, worksheets, table of contents for curriculum, publications, etc.)
  • employer verification and assessment forms for at least half of the work experience hours listed

For more information about the amount of Family Life Education work experience needed to be eligble to apply for full certification please visit the Work Experience for Full Certification page.
 

How to Apply Online

To start your exam application, log in at my.ncfr.org and in the My CFLE Certification box, click the "Start Exam Application" button.

If you are not able to complete your application in one session, you will be able to save your progress and come back to the application later. Log back in at my.ncfr.org and in the My CFLE Certification box, click the "Continue" button under Exam Application to continue your application and payment.

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About CFLE Exam Content

The CFLE exam is based on an extensive practice analysis survey distributed to more than 8,000 family professionals. The exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions.

The exam content is based upon 10 Family Life Education content areas. The percentage of questions for each content area is:

Families and Individuals in Societal Contexts 12%
Internal Dynamics of Families 12%
Human Growth and Development across the Lifespan 12%
Human Sexuality across the Lifespan 8%
Interpersonal Relationships 9%
Family Resource Management 10%
Parenting Education and Guidance 10%
Family Law and Public Policy 8%
Professional Ethics and Practice 7%
Family Life Education 12%

 

Exam Testing Locations, Dates, and Deadlines

 

Computer-Based Exam

The computer-based version of the CFLE exam is given at specified Schroeder Measurement Technologies (SMT) testing sites throughout the world.

U.S. testing locations

Testing locations outside the U.S.

Note: You cannot schedule your exam date until your exam application has been approved by NCFR. Candidates are given login and password information once they have submitted the CFLE exam application and been approved to sit for the exam.

Exam Application Deadline

Exam Testing Period

Jan. 15

Feb. 15–May 15

Feb. 15

March 15–June 15

March 15

April 15–July 15

April 15

May 15–Aug. 15

May 15

June 15–Sept. 15

June 15

July 15–Oct. 15

July 15

Aug. 15–Nov. 15

Aug. 15

Sept. 15–Dec. 15

Sept. 15

Oct. 15–Jan. 15

Oct. 15

Nov. 15–Feb. 15

Nov. 15

Dec. 15–March 15

Dec. 15

Jan. 15–April 15

 

Written (Paper-and-Pencil) Exam

The CFLE exam is also administered on site at the NCFR Annual Conference, taken using pencil and paper.

The 2020 NCFR Annual Conference will be held Nov. 11–14 in St. Louis, Missouri. The written CFLE exam will be administered Wednesday, Nov. 11 on site at the conference.

Application Deadline for Full Certification through Written Exam: Sept. 15, 2020

 

CFLE Exam Retake Policy

If you fail the CFLE exam, you must wait at least three months from the previous exam date to retake the exam. There is a $140 fee to retake the CFLE exam.

If you fail the exam a third time, you must wait three months to retake the exam and submit evidence of continuing education or study.

To apply to retake the CFLE exam, log in at my.ncfr.org and in the My CFLE Certification box, click the "Retake Exam" button.

Note: If you applied to take the CFLE exam prior to May, 2019 (using the paper application process) please log in at my.ncfr.org and in the My CFLE Certification, box click “Start my Certification.” Once you have started the application you will be asked if you have already taken the exam. Please select Yes.

 

CFLE Exam Score Reporting

CFLE exam scores are reported as a scaled score rather than a raw score of questions answered correctly, and is pass-fail in nature.

The reporting scale ranges from 0-1000, and the minimum passing scaled score will be set at 700. A candidate who achieves a scaled score at or above 700 on an examination will have passed the examination, while a candidate who scores below 700 will have failed the examination. Candidates who do not receive a passing score will be provided with diagnostic information so that they can see areas of strength and weakness. Candidates who receive a passing score will not receive any diagnostic information. They will only be told that they passed the exam.

Each examination is constructed to meet the content requirements described in the corresponding content outline. Each test form uses different questions, and therefore may vary slightly in difficulty. As always, a candidate's score will be based on the number of questions answered correctly but the raw score will be converted to and reported as a scaled score.

Proper psychometric procedures are employed to make certain that form difficulty is taken into account and that no candidate is at an advantage or disadvantage and therefore, raw scores are converted to scaled scores that represent comparable levels of achievement.
 

CFLE Exam Study Resources

CFLE Exam Online Study Group

NCFR offers a CFLE exam study group to people interested in taking the CFLE exam. You can join the study group online learning community any time after you've decided you're interested in taking the exam. Only people who have not yet taken the exam can participate in the study group.

The study group is not moderated. NCFR staff will monitor posts and group communications, but it's the group members' responsibility to start and respond to discussion topics. If you're interested in joining the group, please email Maddie Hansen with "Exam Study Group" in the subject line.
 

Other Study and Review Materials

The CFLE content and practice guidelines provide a detailed outline of concepts included on the CFLE exam. The exam study materials include books used in developing the exam questions, as well as other relevant resources and applicant-created study guides. Applicants are not expected to read all books listed; rather, they can review resources as needed. There is also a list of sample exam questions to review.

In addition, candidates have found NCFR's publication Family Life Education: The Practice of Family Science to be a helpful resource. It is available for purchase through the NCFR online store.

 

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