The Association of Film Commissioners International offers certification through their AFCI University. The AFCI describes their programs as:
THE AFCI UNIVERSITY
Today’s film commissioners play many roles including producer, director, photographer, writer, and publicist. They are called upon to market their jurisdictions, prove the value of their industry through economic reporting, and manage financial incentive programs all while juggling the demands of production in an increasingly high-tech, fast-moving world.
The AFCI is committed to providing film commission staff members with the educational tools they need to thrive in today’s competitive marketplace. We have developed a three-tiered education program that provides valuable information and training opportunities tailored to interest everyone from industry newbie to seasoned veteran. Professionals who need a basic overview of film commission work will benefit from Film Commission Fundamentals, an online orientation class, while others may require the targeted training found in the Master Classes or choose to enroll in the Certified Film Commissioner Program.
The production industry has come to expect that an AFCI Member Film Commission will possess a high level of competence and expertise. In response, the AFCI is committed to providing educational opportunities for its members that will continue this tradition of excellence.
CERTIFIED FILM COMMISSIONER PROGRAM
The designation of Certified Film Commissioner will be awarded to members who have completed the AFCI training program, signifying achievement of the highest level of accomplishment in the profession. The certification program, designed to be comprehensive and challenging, requires the successful completion of the two classes required for membership and four Master Classes, as well as options including participation in events, mentoring colleagues, and other enriching educational opportunities. Every two years, Certified Film Commissioners (CFC) will need to gain additional points to demonstrate ongoing achievements in education and service to the industry.
Budget constraints and travel restrictions have become the norm rather than the exception for film offices around the world these days. As a result, many members have been unable to attend on-location events where CFC Master Classes have been offered and therefore have had difficulties completing their professional certification.
AFCI is dedicated to offering our members the tools necessary for meeting the challenges of today’s film commission. As an educational organization we established the core competencies that provide every film commissioner with a solid foundation, and deliver this content through four Master Classes. While these courses were formerly only offered at AFCI events and Cineposium, they will now be offered online, accommodating all members around the globe – and for a far lower cost!
The AFCI has begun to develop a series of community training courses to assist film commissions in training contacts in their region to support film productions. Film commissioners can’t be at all places at once, nor can they have intimate knowledge of every location in their jurisdiction. We believe communities that have a designated, trained liaisons working in concert with their film commission will meet with a higher level of success.