The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) proudly offers three gold-standard, assessment-based certifications for Family and Consumer Sciences professionals:
- CFCS: Certified in Family and Consumer Sciences
- CFCS-HDFS: Certified in Human Development and Family Studies
- CFCS-HNFS: Certified in Hospitality, Nutrition, and Food Science
The professional certifications are:
- developed by content experts and leaders,
- consistent with national content standards, and
- open to professionals across related disciplines and practice settings.
Who benefits from certification?
- Professionals: Validates knowledge and skills in family and consumer sciences contenta areas and provides a structured path for planning and documenting education and achievements
- Employers: Guides training needs of current employees and hiring of new employees.
How does a professional earn and maintain a CFCS certification?
- Pass the competency exam associated with the credential - Click here to learn more about exam content and format and to register for an exam administration
- Pay the initial certification application fee (discounted fee for AAFCS members) and submit official transcript- After achieving an exam score of 240 (out of 300) or higher, candidates are notified of procedures for completing the certification process. In addition to submitting a completed application form and a university transcript verifying completion of a baccalaureate degree, the candidate must submit an initial certification fee according to the following fee schedule:
- AAFCS Members: $185 initial certification fee
- Graduating Seniors (fulltime university, college, or post-secondary students): $105 initial certification fee
- Nonmembers of AAFCS: $285 initial certification fee
The initial certification fee covers the cost of obtaining the certification credential and the first year of certification. An annual renewal fee of $65 is assessed in September of each year (beginning at least 12 months following initial certification).
- Ascribe to the Professional Code of Ethics
- Meet professional development requirements - As a measure of quality assurance, maintaining the CFCS series credential carries a requirement of completing a minimum of 75 professional development units (PDUs with 1 PDU equaling 1 clock hour) over a period of 3 years. To qualify, the professional development must be related to the competencies identified as the basis for the certification. Click here to learn more about professional development opportunities for earning PDUs!