Dr. Angela Woodland, of Bozeman, Mont., enjoys nothing more than a mountain-top view, surrounded by natural beauty. When she is not basking in the great outdoors, the new CFE is sharing anti-fraud knowledge with her students at Montana State University, where she serves as a professor of a graduate-level Fraud Examination course.
Coach: When did you receive your CFE credential?
Woodland: I passed the last section of the Exam on May 24 and received official confirmation of the results on May 30.
Coach: You attended the CFE Exam Review Course in Atlanta, and following the course, you sat for the CFE Exam on-site. Please describe your experience of participating in the 3½-day course and then sitting for the exam immediately after.
Woodland: The 3½-day course was intense, but very effective. I took each section of the Exam with the material fresh in my mind. The Exams were graded onsite immediately after. How nice to receive scores within a few minutes of completing the Exam!
Coach: What did you like most about the CFE Exam Review Course?
Woodland: I most appreciated how focused, knowledgeable, and professional the review course instructors were. They efficiently explained the most important topics in each area in appropriate detail, adding a little humor and levity here and there.
We also received additional study materials for each section that highlighted the most important topics. Those materials are excellent study resources.
Coach: In what ways do you feel that your new CFE credential will be beneficial to you in your current profession?
Woodland: I teach the graduate Fraud Examination course at Montana State University. My students will appreciate that I have the CFE credential and can share my personal experience with taking the CFE Exam, as many of them consider also doing so. I often receive requests to perform or assist with fraud investigations, but have declined to do so until I earned the credential. I look forward to working with local businesses now as well.
Coach: How did you prepare yourself to sit for the exam on-site? Did you spend any additional time studying after class each day?
Woodland: I prepared by completing the review questions for each section that were available in the CFE Exam Prep Course. Before and after each day’s class, I went through the review questions again and took the practice exams. After taking an Exam each night, I would then go through review questions for the next section, then spend the next day in class, and then take the exam. Repeat four times.
Coach: Would you recommend this course to your colleagues?
Woodland: The CFE Exam Review Course allows for a highly focused study effort. The course is a great idea for those who want to complete the Exam in a timely manner and for those who would appreciate in-person instruction from experts in fraud examination.
Coach: Do you have any study tips or suggestions for aspiring CFEs?
Woodland: If you come to the CFE Exam Review Course with some preparation already completed, you will be in a position to learn the most. I know that passing the Exam is an important goal for those of us who attend the CFE Exam Review Course. Equally important, though, is learning and retaining information we need to know to be qualified, competent fraud examination professionals. A good start is to combine advance preparation using the CFE Exam Prep Course with attending the CFE Exam Review Course.
Now that we know what you do professionally, what do you like to do for fun?
Woodland: I take full advantage of life in Bozeman, Montana. This includes skiing, hiking, running, climbing, fishing, camping, and mountain biking. And, what could be better than standing atop a mountain and enjoying the views before racing down on skis, a bike, or by foot?
Coach: Thank you for your time and congratulations on your new CFE credential.