CFE Get Started Guide

Tips to Prepare for your IAFE Certified Fair Executive Designation

Each year, the IAFE Certification Committee reviews the CFE program and, if need be, makes recommendations to the IAFE Board for approval. The CFE application is generally available annually, in early summer. You must complete the application for the year you plan to submit your application.

Your documentation process should begin as soon as possible!  Start an electronic file that houses the following: (Remember you must be in a management position for at least five years) *

  1. Management Conference attendance (years)
  2. IFM Summit attendance (years)
  3. IAFE Convention attendance (years)
  4. IAFE Zone Meetings or Seminars at Non-Convention/Convention times (years)
  5. Participation in CyberSeminars (CyberSeminar title and year)
  6. IAFE-sponsored events or meetings (Event and year) This includes contest judging, Thirsty Thursday Therapy, etc.) *
  7. IAFE committee member (committee, years and years served as a committee chair)
  8. Participation and Membership in allied associations, their events, and activities. (Name of organization, years of membership, participation as a chair, etc.) i.e., NICA, OABA, Midwest Fairs.
  9. State and Provincial Association involvement (years, level of involvement, presentations, etc.)
  10. F&E Articles (date, title of article, and copy of the article)
  11. Financial statements for your organization (From the year the application is submitted)
  12. Organization chart for your organization (From the year the application is submitted)
  13. Year-round operation of your fair or state or provincial association facilities. Save supporting documentation.
  14. Pertinent fair sector surveys were conducted. Save results.
  15. Evidence of experience in planning and constructing new or improved fair facilities or state or provincial fair association facilities. Save supporting documentation.
  16. Other evidence of management skills (brochures, newsletters, promotions, or reports). Save supporting documentation.
  17. Speeches on fair production, facilities management, and state or provincial fair association management. (Topic, date, and presentation site, such as schools, civic organizations, community events, etc.)
  18. Community organizations in which you are a member, the number of years of service, and if any, whether you have held the top position. i.e., Chamber of Commerce, 4-H, Crime Stoppers, YMCA.

In addition, you will be required to submit a management philosophy as it relates to the production and presentation of fairs.

Three letters of recommendation will be required* (Dated the year your application is submitted)

*The application, guidelines, and rules are subject to change. As you finalize your application, you MUST apply via the current year’s application and qualify under that year’s guidelines and rules. 

If you have any questions about how to begin the documentation process for your CFE, contact Lori Hart, CFE – Director of Education and Member Services.