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The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) is the only professional association that provides leadership and support to family and consumer sciences students and professionals from both multiple practice settings and content areas. AAFCS members assist individuals, families and communities in making informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. For more than 100 years, AAFCS members have been working to improve the quality and standards of individual and family life by delivering educational programs, influencing public policy and conducting research.


  • Certified Personal and Family Finance Educator (CPFFE) Credential
    The Certified Personal and Family Finance Educator (CPFFE) credential is the ultimate validation of quality assurance and professional stature for those involved in providing personal finance education to America’s youth and adults. Regardless of area of training of the educator (family and consumer sciences, social studies, economics, mathematics, etc.), the CPFFE credential establishes the credibility and competence necessary to teach personal finance content that is consistent with the United States Department of Treasury Financial Education Core Competencies and the National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education published by the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. Learn more about professional certification.
  • Pre-Professional Assessment & Certification (Pre-PAC) Program
    The Pre-PAC Program offers a Personal and Family Finance national assessment and corresponding industry certification that is a reliable tool to validate student or paraprofessional employee competency and to measure the effectiveness of personal finance education programs. The Pre-PAC Personal and Family Finance assessment is designed for use with (a) secondary and lower-division postsecondary students and programs and (b) paraprofessionals working in community-based programs and early employment positions. The assessment is aligned with the National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education. Learn more about Pre-PAC.
  • Professional Development
    Whether you are looking for a regional or national conference that includes programming addressing financial education or you are interested in 24/7 online learning, the AAFCS Professional Development Center has the resources you need! Our webinar opportunities can enhance your skills and increase your knowledge about the emerging issues that are affecting personal and family finance. Learn more about our webinar series.
  • Membership
    What’s our favorite equation? One that makes financial sense! Joining AAFCS + Applying for Certification = Savings for YOU! AAFCS Members receive $100 off of the certification fee for the CPFFE. AAFCS members come from multiple practice settings, but they all provide research-based knowledge about the topics of everyday life, including personal and family finance and consumer issues. Let us help you grow and accomplish more!


AAFCS will host the 2019 Annual Conference in Expo on June 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, MO. The premier learning and networking event brings together family and consumer sciences and allied professionals to share current research and resources on topics, including personal finance. The call for proposals for the 2019 conference will be available in September. Learn more about the conference.


AAFCS is committed to (1) connecting professionals to professional development opportunities and resources and to a network of peers to share best practices and strategies; (2) ensuring high-quality personal and family finance educators and effective financial literacy educational programs; and (3) partnering with other organizations and entities. Please contact us if you are interested in:

  • Earning the CPFFE credential or offering the PFFE exam at your next conference;
  • Evaluating financial literacy programs with the use of Pre-PAC;
  • Presenting or sponsoring a webinar on a relevant financial literacy topic;
  • Collaborating on a financial literacy project or activity; or
  • Sharing your resources as an exhibitor or sponsor for the 2019 Annual Conference.



Connect with @AAFCS to learn how #FamilyConsumerSciences programs across the US help students achieve #afinlitfuture and how you can demonstrate competence as a Certified Personal and Family Finance Educator.



Carolyn W. Jackson, CFCS
Chief Executive Officer

Lori A. Myers, PhD, CFCS
Senior Director: Credentialing, Education & Research