The mission of the Institute of Fair Management  (IFM) is to enhance the professional development of the employees and volunteers of our member fairs and expositions by providing education and training in areas of core competency necessary for the operations of today's fairs, large or small.

The core competency areas in which the courses of the Institute will be focused include management, risk management, marketing, programming, operations, and facility usage.


The Institute is made possible by the IAFE Education Foundation and the efforts of dedicated members who have volunteered their time and talents to raise funds through events such as the annual Raisin for A Reason auction, Century Club, and other fund-raising events.


The 2021 IAFE Annual Convention features the following Institute of Fair Management courses: (All attendees welcome to attend, and most courses included with convention registration*)

#111 Consumer Protection Program (CPP)*
#112 Emergency Planning*
#113 Insurance Basics
#142 Principles of Food and Beverage
#222 Sponsorship II
#300 Event Management

*Additional investment required.


Through the efforts of the IAFE Education Foundation, scholarships are available to IFM enrollees. Deadline for applications is August 31, 2021.