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New Partnership Offers the Certified Franchise Executives Program in Brazil

For Immediate Release

Gionne Jones, 202-662-0772

IFA Franchise Education & Research Foundation

Washington, March 3, 2017—The IFA Franchise Education and Research Foundation’s (FERF) Institute of Certified Franchise Executives (ICFE) and the Brazilian Franchise Association (ABF) are pleased to announce a new partnership that will bring the Certified Franchise Executives TM Program (CFE) to Brazil on an exclusive basis. 

This partnership will allow for increased access to the full CFE curriculum for ABF members and others. The ABF headquarters, complete with theater-style classrooms, offers the capability for facilitating extensive CFE course content.  Under the partnership, ABF and ICFE will cooperate to offer educational programs on a wide range of franchising topics in one of the world’s fastest growing international markets.

“We are excited to join with ABF to offer the CFE program in Brazil and to promote franchise education and professional development throughout South America and the world,” said John Reynolds, CFE, Foundation President.

"We are very proud of having signed this agreement with the ICFE. This partnership will pave the way for Brazilian franchise executives to conveniently access franchise educational information and make it easier to earn CFE credits and become certified franchise executives,” said Altino Cristofoletti, President of ABF.

The mission of the Certified Franchise Executive program is to enhance the professionalism of franchising by certifying the highest standards of quality training and education.  Other franchise associations have also joined with the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives to offer the CFE program in their country, including Australia, India, Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan.


About the IFA Franchise Education & Research Foundation
Founded in 1983, the International Franchise Association (IFA) Franchise Education & Research Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization and supported through the generous contributions of IFA members and others. The Foundation's mission is to advance franchising and the free enterprise system by increasing the knowledge and professional standards of all members of the franchising community; educating the next generation of franchise practitioners; increasing recognition of franchising's key role in the free enterprise system; and providing comprehensive information and research about important developments and trends in franchising.

About the International Franchise Association
Celebrating 56 years of excellence, education and advocacy, the International Franchise Association is the world's oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising and the more than 733,000 franchise establishments that support nearly 7.6 million direct jobs, $674.3 billion of economic output for the U.S. economy and 2.5 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees and companies that support the industry in marketing, law, technology and business development.

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