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Online CFE Training

The ICFE offers many online training options. Online training is a form of instruction that takes place completely on the internet. It involves a variety of multimedia elements, including graphics, audio, video, and web-links, which all can be accessed through one's internet browser. 

Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we are temporarily suspending the maximum of 1500 education credits allowed from online courses through the remainder of 2020.


We know that many of you have been using this time at home to be extra productive with working toward your CFE this year, which is great! We also know that with all of the changes to events and conferences that it’s been harder to find opportunities to earn your education credits. We hear you and we have good news to share.

We have worked with CFE-approved course provider, the University of Louisville, to organize a special Franchise Bootcamp series, and they are offering a steep discount in partnership with us to ensure that CFE candidates have access to education credits while they are at home.

There are six courses in total with each being one week in duration. Each week provides 250 education credits for a total of 1500 credits if all six are taken. You can take any number of the courses offered or all six weeks of courses.

These courses will be offered at the discounted rate of $300 per course or $1,800 for the full Franchise Management Certificate – a huge discount good compared to the normal cost of $550 per course and all six for $3,000. But this fee is only available for this May-July series. The start date for week 1 is May 26.

UPDATE: Second session added! Start date for the second session of this bootcamp is June 15.

To learn more about this opportunity and enroll now, follow this link.




Click here to request a CFE progress report

Click here to submit a credit or certificate


The mission of the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives (ICFE) is to enhance the professionalism of franchising by certifying the highest standards of quality training and education.


Please note: IFA headquarter employees are operating via telework for the time being. All CFE applications, recertification applications or other mail should be sent via email to or submitted online through the links at the bottom of this page, rather than mailed to the IFA office.

ICFE offers a wide range of continuing education programs for professional development. Meeting the requirements of the program and completing the course of study leads to the Certified Franchise Executive™ (CFE) designation.

This career development program of the ICFE offers franchising professionals the opportunity to learn, grow professionally, and reach a recognized standard of excellence in the franchising community.

Top Five Reasons to Enroll in the CFE Program

Expanded Knowledge

Educational opportunities help you gain in-depth insights into every aspect of franchising. In today’s economy, professional development is more important than ever.

Industry Recognition

A symbol of leadership and accomplishment, the CFE designation is highly regarded by the franchising community.

Peer Networking

The CFE Program, along with other IFA events, creates an energized environment for networking with industry professionals, sharing ideas and best practices – everyone benefits.

Professional Standing

The CFE designation brings a highly professional level to communications and contacts. The certification shows not only many years of experience, but also a commitment to continuing education to meet today’s challenges.

Commitment to Franchising

The CFE designation exemplifies a commitment and passion toward franchising and the franchising community. The CFE program provides needed information, direction, and guidance for the newest entrants into franchising or even those with decades of experience. You are never too young, too old, or too experienced to not benefit from being a CFE.

The CFE program has become the gold standard in franchising to ensure consistency, knowledge and core competency for success no matter what your concept. It provides the franchising professional with a threshold of knowledge with higher potential for success.

Jeff Bevis, CFE, FirstLight Home Care