Upgrading from Provisional to Full Certification

Certified Family Life Educators (CFLEs) with provisional certification must document and submit sufficient Family Life Education work experience activity within five years of their original month of certification in order to upgrade their designation to full status. For example: A Provisional CFLE certified in March 2013 would need to upgrade their designation by March 2018.

The number of hours of work experience needed varies depending on the level and relevance of the applicant's degree.

Requirements for Full

Bachelor's Degree

Master's or Ph.D. Degree

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.


Provisional CFLEs can upgrade at any time after they have acquired the required amount of Family Life Education work experience hours. NCFR encourages you to submit your upgrade materials as close to your anniversary month as possible to maintain your five year cycle. Your anniversary month appears on your CFLE credential and can also be accessed in your NCFR record by logging in to https://my.ncfr.org


Note about transcripts: If you have earned a family-specific degree since you were first certified please 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).

For more information, and to access forms needed to upgrade, please visit our Work Experience for Full Certification page.