The primary function of the Commonwealth Fencing Federation is to encourage the development of Fencing within Commonwealth Nations. Membership is open to national governing bodies of fencing in Commonwealth countries.
One of the CFF's key roles is to arrange for the regular holding of Commonwealth Fencing Championships. After issuing a formal call for nominations, the CFF awards the Commonwealth Fencing Open Championships and Commonwealth Fencing Junior Championships to selected host nations.
A separate body, the Commonwealth Fencing Veterans' Association, works in conjunction with the CFF Veterans' Commission to perform the same function for the Commonwealth Veteran Fencing Championships.
Actual organisation of each event is managed by the host nation.
In addition to overseeing the Championships, the CFF has a number of broader goals and objectives, which are outlined in its Statutes.
The CFF Council meets formally in conjunction with the Open Championships, and on other occasions as required. The Commonwealth Fencing Veterans' Association has a general meeting at each Veteran Championships.