What Certifications Can You Earn?
CFCS: Certified in Family and Consumer Sciences
CFCS-HDFS: Certified in Human Development and Family
CFCS-HNFS: Certified in Hospitality, Nutrition,
and Food Science
CPFFE: Certified Personal and Family Finance Educator
CNWE: Certified Nutrition and Wellness Educator
When you pass one of the assessments offered by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), you can earn the corresponding
Professional development within the American Association of Family
and Consumer Sciences encompasses: the Certification Program; the
Accreditation Program; and numerous opportunities to assume leadership
roles, publish in the Association's professional journals, and enhance
personal knowledge and skills through participation in meetings,
seminars, and workshops at district, state, and national levels.
Certification is based on individual mastery of knowledge common
and essential to all family and consumer sciences professionals
as verified by a minimum of a baccalaureate degree and successful
completion of the National Family and Consumer Sciences Examination.
The AAFCS Certification Program is designed to:
- Assure the public that credentialed family and consumer sciences
professionals have attained a threshold level of knowledge that
enables them to perform services as defined by the mission of
- Foster excellence in the family and consumer sciences profession
and develop criteria for assessing such excellence; and
- Promote professional growth of individuals certified in family
and consumer sciences by encouraging a systematic program of professional
development and continuing education.
Benefits of Certification
Becoming certified is the most credible credential a family
and consumer sciences professional can achieve. The AAFCS Certification
Program provides the following exclusive benefits:
- Promotes continuing education and professional growth;
- Provides recognition to individuals, allows them to use the
CFCS title and certified designation;
- Increases professional employment opportunities;
- Fosters excellence in the family and consumer sciences profession;
- Markets the profession;
- Assists employers in recruitment and selection of highly qualified
individuals within the profession.