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Certified Fraud Examiners

The Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) credentials denote proven expertise in fraud prevention, detection and deterrence. CFEs and CFFs are trained to identify the warning signs and red flags that indicate evidence of fraud and fraud risk. CFEs and CFFs around the world help protect the global economy by uncovering fraud and implementing processes to prevent fraud from occurring in the first place.

These certifications offers anti-fraud knowledge and skills you need to:

  • Investigate allegations against one of your employees
  • Recommend strong anti-fraud internal controls
  • Conduct interviews related to sensitive issues
  • Provide assistance with financial dispute resolution
  • Resolve irregularities discovered during your company’s audit
  • Provide expert testimony on financial and investigative matters

CFEs and CFFs are knowledgeable in four areas critical to the fight against fraud:

  • Fraud Prevention and Deterrence
  • Fraudulent Financial Transactions
  • Fraud Investigation
  • Legal Elements of Fraud


Reduce Fraud Risks and Costs

Heightened fraud awareness, combined with new laws and regulations, has increased the already growing demand in the workforce for professionals who are highly skilled at deterring, detecting and investigating fraud.

CFEs and CFFs have the ability to:

  • Identify and reduce opportunities for fraud
  • Implement effective anti-fraud controls
  • Continuously improve anti-fraud measures based on new risks and technologies
  • Educate employees to deter fraud and report wrongdoing
  • Resolve allegations or suspicions of fraud
  • Assist in the recovery of fraud losses


Experience and Integrity

The standards for CFE certification are set by the ACFE’s Board of Regents, who are elected by CFE members and drawn from the most experienced members of the profession. CFE candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and posses two or more years of professional experience in a field related to fraud deterrence and detection and maintain at least 20 hours of CPE each year.

The standards for CFF certification are set by the AICPA, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. CFF candidates must hold a valid CPA license, pass the CFF examination and posses a minimum of 1,000 hours of business experience in forensic accounting and 75 hours of forensic accounting related CPE.

Code of Ethics

As leaders who inspire public confidence in the integrity and objectivity of the profession, CFEs and CFFS adhere to the a Code of Professional ethics.
The code includes:

  • Commitment to professionalism
  • Diligence in performance
  • Avoidance of conflict of interest
  • Testifying truthfully and without bias or prejudice
  • Complete confidentiality
  • Revelation of all material matters discovered during an examination
  • Continued effort to increase the competence and effectiveness of professional services performed under his or her direction