Please note: The upgrade application process is moving online in mid-May! If you are able to wait to upgrade until the online upgrade system launches — for a simpler, quicker, and more secure application process — please do so. Otherwise, you may use the paper forms at the bottom of this webpage to upgrade to full status now.


To receive full certification as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE), applicants must document sufficient Family Life Education work experience activity.

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) considers Family Life Education work experience to be employment that involves prevention and education for individuals and families relevant to the 10 Family Life Education content areas. Employment is typically demonstrated through the development of curriculum and materials, and the development or presentation of workshops, courses or programs involving life skills, e.g., communication, parenting, financial management, sexuality. Family Life Education can also involve research, program administration, and policy development.

Family Life Education work experience can include a variety of activities (paid or unpaid) such as program development; program coordination/administration; program evaluation; needs assessments; marketing of Family Life Education materials and programs; curriculum or resource development; publications; presentations; group facilitation; or community collaboration. To consider work experience activities as family life education, the work should reflect these criteria:

  • The work is educational and preventive in nature, rather than therapeutic
  • The work is related to at least one of the ten family life content areas
  • The work considers the whole family, even when working only with individuals (i.e., family systems perspective).
  • The work reflects a lifespan perspective - childhood, adolescence, adulthood, later adulthood.
  • The work includes identified content or a planned curriculum or program.

Family Life Education Work Experience Documentation

The number of hours of work experience needed for CFLE full status varies depending upon the level and relevance of the applicant's degree:

Requirements for Full
Certification

Bachelor's degree

Master's or Ph.D.

Family degree

3,200 hours work experience

1,600 hours work experience

Non-family degree

4,800 hours work experience for bachelor's, master's, or Ph.D.

Relevant work experiences should have occurred within the past five years. Experience earned before graduation can be used, but the majority of the work experience should be earned post graduation. Experience used during an internship can be used but must be supported with other work experiences. Volunteer work may be considered but it should be supported with training or formal preparation.

Applicants who do not work in a traditional Family Life Education setting but have incorporated Family Life Education methods and/or a preventive and educational approach into their work can explain how they used Family Life Education methods or approaches in their work. An example might be someone who works in a nursing home and has developed a series of classes and support materials for residents and family members about coping with change, making decisions, and/or managing assets. 

Each work experience should be relevant to at least one of the 10 Family Life Education content areas.

Applicants Pursuing Full CFLE Certification Must Provide:

  • a current resume or vita
  • 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

You will provide your work experience information when completing the relevant application process:

  • Exam application — for applicants applying for full certification by taking the CFLE exam (online application process)
  • CFLE-approved program application — for applicants applying for full certification by graduating from a CFLE-approved school (online application process)
  • Upgrade application — for provisional CFLEs upgrading from provisional status to full status (apply using the paper forms located at the bottom of this webpage)
     

How to Complete Your Application Online

If you do not yet hold the CFLE credential, start your application for full certification via the exam process or CFLE-approved program process by logging in at my.ncfr.org. In the My CFLE Certification box, click the button to start the relevant application.

The upgrade application process will move online in mid-May! If you are able to wait to upgrade until the online upgrade system launches — for a simpler, quicker, and more secure application process — please do so. Otherwise, you may use the paper forms at the bottom of this webpage to upgrade to full status now.

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 your application to continue your application and payment.

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For Provisional CFLEs Upgrading to Full Certification:

If you have earned a family-specific degree since you were first certified you will also need to submit an original, official transcript showing degree completion. Transcripts do not need to be in a sealed envelope. Please note that we cannot accept transcripts emailed from applicants, faxed, scanned, or copied transcripts. You may submit an electronic transcript but it must be official and be sent directly from the university, making NCFR the "receiver"/"recipient" (make sure "Maddie Hansen" and NCFR's address are used for any recipient information).

Employer Assessment and Verification:

Applicants must have their work assessed and verified by an employer, supervisor, or colleague. If you are self-employed, your work can be assessed and verified by an employee or client. The person who completes the form must be someone who has observed your work.

Ideally, all work experience listed on the work experience summary form is addressed through an employer assessment and verification form, but at minimum, at least 50% of work experience must be confirmed by someone other than the applicant. 
 

CFLE Fees

Please note: Fees are nonrefundable. Visit our fees webpage for all fee information.

The upgrade application process will move online in mid-May! If you are able to wait to upgrade until the online upgrade system launches — for a simpler, quicker, and more secure application process — please do so. Otherwise, you may use the paper forms at the bottom of this webpage to upgrade to full status now.
 

Start Your Application for Full CFLE Status >>