Providers - CFE Preapproval 

In addition to SAF certification, many state boards of licensure and other credentialing bodies accept SAF's CFE credit. The benefit of CFE credits goes beyond those certified with SAF. Providers may request that a meeting be evaluated for CFE credit.

Approval Process

In addition to the CFE Approval Application, a complete agenda must be submitted with the following:

  • Times for presentations, breaks, meals 
  • Names and titles of presenters 
  • Brief description of individual presentations  
  • For Field Trips: length of time at each stop 
Incomplete application will be returned to the provider.


A provider can appeal the CFE credit hours evaluated for an event. The process is as follows: 

  • The provider must contact the Continuing Education Committee (CEC) of the Certification Review Board (CRB) via the SAF National Office within 14 days of receiving notification of evaluated CFE credit hours. 
  • The CEC will contact the meeting evaluator for a copy of the CFE request form, agenda, and supporting materials. 
  • The CEC will review the information and render a decision. 
  • The provider may appeal the CEC decision to the CRB. Appeal procedures will follow Section D of the Administrative Rules of the Certification Review Board. Decisions made by the CRB regarding the appeal are final.


Attendance Verification 

No later than three weeks after conclusion of the event, the provider must return one of the following items: 

  • Registration records – Registration records should clearly indicate those individuals that registered for a single day, entire event, optional events, or were no-shows.  
  • Sign in sheets – Sign in sheets should be easily accessible for attendees. 
  • Self-assessment reports – Reports should indicate that an individual passed the assessment. 

CFE credit is used beyond SAF certification. Please ensure all attendees, interested in CFE credit, appear on the attendance verification. SAF will automatically update the records of SAF members and those certified. Attendance records are available only to the CRB, state boards of licensure, or other credentialing groups to validate CFE credit for auditing purposes. The information will not be used for any other purpose or distributed to a third party.

Certificates of Attendance

Certificates of attendance are optional and at the discretion of the provider. 

Limitation of Approval 

The CRB retains the right to suspend CFE credit at any time for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Misrepresentation of CFE credit approval by SAF. 
  • Use of the SAF shield logo, certification logos, or SAF insignia including any claim of sponsorship, and/or endorsement of a program without written consent from SAF. 
  • Major changes to educational content or presentation format after CFE credit hours are approved without notification. 
  • Failure to follow proper approval procedures or submission of attendance verification.

Such action will be posted on the SAF website.

Requests must be received at least three-weeks before the event .

Provider Application Form

Provider Application Form
(Adobe PDF File)