Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). Step by Step Guide to the CFLE Abbreviated Application Process . Family Life Education. Is any organized effort to provide family members with information, skills, experiences, or resources intended to strengthen,
Is any organized effort to
provide family members with
experiences, or resources
intended to strengthen,
improve or enrich their family
FLE is relevant to individuals and families
throughout the life span because
it focuses on prevention
FLE takes an educational rather than therapeutic approach
multi-professional in its practice
While various professionals assist families, it is the family life educator who incorporates a family-systems, preventive and educational approach to individual and family issues.
National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) sponsors the only program to certify family life educators.
FLE Content AreasFamilies & Individuals in Societal Contexts Internal Dynamics of FamiliesHuman Growth & Development over the Life SpanHuman SexualityInterpersonal RelationshipsFamily Resource ManagementParent Education and GuidanceFamily Law & Public PolicyProfessional Ethics & PracticeFamily Life Education Methodology
Understanding families and their relationships to societal institutions
Understanding family strengths and weaknesses and how family members relate to each other
Understanding the developmental changes of individuals and families throughout the life span
Understanding the physiological, psychological, and social aspects of sexual development throughout the lifespan
Understanding of the development and maintenance of interpersonal relationships
Understanding of how parents teach, guide, and influence children and adolescents
Understanding of legal issues, policies, and laws influencing the well being of families.
Understanding the character and quality of human social conduct and the ability to critically examine ethical questions and issues
Family life educators work with individuals and families in varying capacities. They have specific training in family systems and development that enables them to bring a family perspective to their chosen career, regardless of the employment sector.
Long Term Care
Marital and Pre-marital Education
Schools & Educational Settings
Family Law Settings
Public Policy Settings
Practice- teaching, education, program or curricula development,
Administration - leadership or management, organizing, coordinating, and
Promotion - public policy, lobbying, advocating for system change and awareness
Because NCFR has already approved your school’s course work in the 10 content areas, you qualify to apply using the Abbreviated Application process which saves you time and money!
People who did not graduate from an NCFR-Approved program need to complete the CFLE Exam
(fees are non-refundable)
Abbreviated Application Process
You save money! It is less expensive and less time intensive to apply under the Abbreviated process!
Submissions welcomed year-round; you don’t have to wait for a submission deadline.
Provisional CFLEs can upgrade to Full Certification after earning work experience in family life education
NCFR accepts transferred classes from both approved and non-approved schools. However, these courses would be counted as substitutions and would follow the substitution requirements.
You must provide an official transcript for the transfer classes if they were taken at another school
Please feel free to contact Maureen Bourgeois at NCFR with any questions, concerns, or comments.
Maureen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 888-781-9331.
National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)