The mission of the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives™ (ICFE) is to certify and educate individuals and organizations to the highest standards. Certification speaks to a higher standard of professionalism and raises the bar for franchise training as a whole.

What is the Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) program?

Participants in the Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) program complete an impressive array of course offerings in franchise management, leadership, and small business operations and growth in order to gain insight into franchise strategy. The program helps individuals at emerging organizations learn how to run a small business while helping more established leaders understand how to successfully cultivate a growing enterprise.

Benefits of the Certified Franchise Executive program

  • Industry Recognition and Professional Standing: A symbol of leadership and accomplishment, the CFE designation is highly regarded and will raise your profile within the franchising community by demonstrating your years of experience, commitment to growth, and a desire to continually meet challenges.
  • Peer Networking: The CFE Program combined with IFA events creates rich opportunities for you to network with industry professionals. Everyone wins when we share ideas and best practices.
  • Commitment to Franchising: The CFE designation will exemplify your commitment and passion for franchise management within the larger franchising community.
  • Personal Skills: The CFE program will help you learn the latest trends in order to stay competitive, build your personal brand and network, while honing the franchise management skills you need to succeed.


Our own Denise Radcliff, CFE, offers her insights: “I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started the program. One of the requirements is attending a certain number of IFA sponsored conferences and those proved to be invaluable. I met so many interesting people from different backgrounds and experiences. The conference speakers provided a wealth of knowledge and my tablemates provided great discussions on the topics from their unique perspectives. The experience was a game changer!”


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