American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)


Important Certification Renewal Information!

  • Certification renewal is based upon payment of the maintenance fee (paid annually) and submission of 75 PDUs (reported at the end of the cycle). The certification renewal notices are processed and distributed via email in August and are due on October 15.
  • Those who meet the eligibility criteria and have requested a change to the "Retired" category for their CFCS credential are no longer required to report PDUs to maintain their certification.

  • Maintenance Fee Payment Information:

    • In the MyAAFCS web portal, click on the “Invoices (View, Pay, or Print)” menu button.  Click on “Pay Open Invoices” to locate the invoice associated with certification fees.  Check the box beside the certification fees invoice and click “Add to Shopping Cart.” Then, follow the instructions to pay via credit card (VISA, Discover, MasterCard, or American Express). 
    • For convenience, you may opt to use the recurring payment option.  To do so, click the check box to “Save Payment Information” on the payment information screen. 
    • Payments should be made by October 15.  A late fee of $35 applies to payments submitted after that date. 


    PDU Reporting (Online)

    • Use of the online PDU reporting system allows you to report PDUs at your convenience incrementally throughout your certification cycle.
    • In the web portal, click on the “Professional Exams and Certifications” menu button. To report PDUs, click on the “PDU Reporting and Transcript” button. This screen shows the dates of your certification cycle, the list/status of PDUs reported, and the total PDUs earned, reported through online or hardcopy submission, and accepted as eligible credits in the current cycle.
    • If this screen has no PDU activities listed, the Certification Office has no record of any PDUs reported during your current certification cycle.  Hardcopy submissions (brought over in 2014 from the previous database) are reflected/labeled in the online system as “PDU Activities–Other Entry.”
    • To report PDUs, click on “Add New Credits” at the bottom of the screen.  On the Credit Type screen, choose “PDU Activity” from the drop down menu.  Click “Continue”
    • Follow the on-screen instructions to enter information and then click “Save” at the bottom of the screen.  You will receive a “Credits Added” note after successful entry.  To add more PDUs, follow the steps again (by clicking the browser’s “back” button to return to the “Credit Type” screen or beginning again at “Add New Credits.”)
    • See the list of options for earning PDUs at
    • PDUs for the certification cycle ending August 31 of this year are due October 15.


    PDU Reporting (Paper Submission)