General Conference Information

What is the name of the AAFCS Annual Conference taking place this year and when and where will it take place?

The 113th AAFCS Annual Conference will take place from June 25 to June 27, 2022, in Orlando, Florida, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld.

Who should attend this conference?

The AAFCS Annual Conference is for anyone interested in family and consumer sciences and related topics whether you are a member or not! If you have an interest in people-centered sciences -- this conference is for you!

FCS topics and professional development, research and showcases led by experts in the field are provided in the conference for professionals and students in education and training, food science and nutrition, health management and wellness, housing and interior design, human/child development and family relations, personal and family finance, textiles, apparel and retailing and culinary arts, hospitality and tourism.
Attendance is not limited to current FCS professionals or students—if you find the subject matter valuable, we want to see you in Orlando! Input from people studying or working in all sorts of content areas and practice settings is what makes FCS such a valuable and important field.

Learn more about family and consumer sciences here

What are strands?

The strands, or content strands, are the focus areas of the FCS professional development that will equipt and empower FCS professionals and students. The four strands for this year's conference are:

• Effect Change: Leadership, Advocacy and Collaboration
• Effect Change: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
• Celebrate #FCSsuccess: Educational Tools, Trends, and Resources
• Celebrate #FCSsuccess: Research and Scholarship

Do I hold an AAFCS credential?

You hold a credential if you took an AAFCS competency exam, passed the exam, paid a fee, and continue to pay a maintenance fee and report the required number of Professional Development Units (PDUs). AAFCS offers one broad field credential and four concentration credentials in family and consumer sciences:

  • 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
  • CPFFE - Certified Personal and Family Finance Educator
  • CNWE - Certified Nutrition and Wellness Educator

Those who would like to obtain one of these credentials should sign up to take a competency exam, pass the exam, and pay a fee.

*A credential category called CFCS-Retired, is available to those who are already certified. Individuals who meet the AAFCS eligibility requirements to be classified as “retired” may opt for the “retired” category of CFCS professionals. 

For more information on obtaining and maintaining AAFCS credentials, contact the FCS Credentialing Center at 703-706-4600, 800-424-8080, or certification@aafcs.org.


How do I register for conference and see all available rates?

Click here to learn everything you need to know about how to register! You will need your MyAAFCS login information--make sure to use the retrieve password link if you're not sure if you have a MyAAFCS account!

Can I register on paper?

AAFCS does not offer a paper registration form at this time. The registration system is processed through your MyAAFCS account.

How can I pay for someone else's registration?

When someone registers as unpaid, the confirmation email with the invoice, can be forwarded to someone else to pay for that registration. Payments can be submitted by using the EZ Pay link or mailing in a check or PO. If you have further questions, please contact annualconf@aafcs.org.

I am an award recipient/have a complimentary registration/am supposed to receive a discount, how do I register?

Distinguished Service Award Winners and our 50 Plus Year Members will see their special rates when they click on the registration link and log in. If you are expecting a different type of discount and have not already received instructions from your contact person at AAFCS, contact us at annualconf@aafcs.org before registering.

Must presenters register for the conference?

All presenters whose sessions are accepted (virtual or in-person) must register for the conference at the full or one-day rate. Presenters at meal functions who will not be attending the rest of conference do not have to register, but must purchase a meal ticket or check with the person who contacted them to present to verify if the ticket will be purchased by the Community/Group.

What is included in my conference registration?

All Full and Student registrations include the all sessions in the Schedule-At-A-Glance. All Meal Ticket functions are ticketed events and require you purchase the ticket in your MyAAFCS account. All Governance meetings are by invitation-only.

I need AAFCS to fill out a form for my employer--who should I contact?

We’re happy to fill out any form your employer requires. Our W-9 is here, and you can email us at annualconf@aafcs.org to fill out any other forms.

How do I cancel my registration?

Registrations must be cancelled in writing, by email to annualconf@aafcs.org. Please review the cancellation policy and information here.

Planning Your Trip

Where is the hotel? Do I have to stay there?

The hotel is:

DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld

10100 International Drive
Orlando, Florida 32821

AAFCS has partnered with the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld to provide our conference attendees with superb negotiated rates ($149; student rate: $79) on guestrooms during the conference, including up to 3 nights before and after the conference. 

You are not required to stay at the hotel; however, staying at the hotel at the special discounted AAFCS conference rate does help AAFCS, so we certainly hope that you will! Plus, there are so many benefits to staying in the conference hotel - book at our special rate and learn more here. Learn more about the neighboring areas and things to do in Orlando.

How do I get to the hotel?

Please review the webpage on Getting to Orlando where you will find more information from the airport to the hotel.

What is the dress code for the Annual Conference?

In general, the dress code is dress/business casual. Although temps are mid to high 90s, we recommend wearing layers -- hotels can get cold! We recommend comfortable shoes, sunscreen and sunglasses or a sun hat when you are outside walking throughout the resort. The conference events are in The Tower and The Palms buildings. Several events have different dress codes -- from casual to semi-formal. We suggest semi-formal for the National Coalition for Black Development in Family & Consumer Sciences Banquet and for the Salute to Excellence Awards reception.

Where will future AAFCS conferences take place?

Future AAFCS Conferences

  • 2023: Hyatt Regency Baltimore, Baltimore, MD June 23rd-25th 
  • 2024: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN June 7th-9th

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