Professional Certifications

Purpose of Certification

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 competency-based 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 the profession;
  • 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.

Value of Certification Statement*

*Credit:  Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE)

What Certifications Can You Earn?

Once candidates have taken the competency exam, notifications and certification applications are distributed via email within 10-14 business days. 

When you pass one of the assessments offered by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), you can earn the corresponding certification:

Certified in Family and Consumer Sciences Series


Credential Includes:

  • 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

Certified Nutrition & Wellness Educator


Certified Personal & Family Finance Educator