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Certificate in Professional Fundraising (e-Learning)

Course Overview

This Certificate course is a great way to progress your fundraising career. It covers all the key aspects of fundraising, including current sector trends, the development of fundraising plans and the importance of donor relationships.

Learn directly from our experienced fundraisers across various fundraising channels.

It includes assessment tasks and can be delivered in three ways to suit your preferred learning mode and availability. There is a required textbook to read for this course that will be posted to you once you are enrolled.

  1. This self-paced course is over six months with tutor support via our online learning portal. It is for strong, independent learners who like a longer timeframe. You will complete self-study assessments and textbook chapter readings during the six months. You are given access to the course materials for six months, but you can complete the course earlier.
  2. Online tutor-led is a 6-day option via Zoom spread over 3 months with the support of a tutor for those wanting to complete in a shorter timeframe. There are self-study assessments and textbook chapter readings for 3 months.

What you’ll learn

  • The Australian fundraising sector and motivations for giving
  • How to develop fundraising plans and strategies for success
  • How to build and express a case for support
  • How to evaluate and select channels to acquire new donors and grow your relationships
  • How to nurture high-value donors, gifts in Wills pledgers and corporate partnerships.

Who is this course for?

  • Entry-level fundraisers new to the profession
  • Early-career fundraisers with 1-3 years of experience
  • Fundraisers wanting to consolidate their existing skills with formal training


  • 6 months of access to eLearning self-study with Tutor support via email and phone
  • Written assessments and reading the required textbook chapters are required 

Meet the tutors

Click here to read the tutor bios:

Ellaine Hislop

Maisa Lopes Gomes

Heiko Plange-Korndoerfer

Guidelines for enrollment

  1. Make sure you have a login for the FIA Learning Hub. Click "Sign In" or "Forgot Password" if needed.
  2. You can enrol a staff member if they already have a login.
  3. If you require assistance, please email


Full participation in the Certificate in Professional Fundraising is applicable for up to 60 continuing education points in Category 1. B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

FIA Code

This course relates to the following aspects of the FIA Code of Conduct:

  • FIA Code 2.0 Compliance, 3.0 Ethical conduct, 4.0 Conduct towards Donors, 5.0 Conduct towards Beneficiaries and 6.0 Conduct in Supplier relationships.

FIA member $2650.00
Non member $3450.00

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