Joachim Klasson, CFE, of Sweden enjoys being at sea in a kayak. When he is not cruising between the islands of the Stockholm archipelago, the new CFE is sharing anti-fraud knowledge with his colleagues at a Scandinavia-based GRC company that provides services centered on fraud and data analysis.
Coach: When did you receive your CFE credential?
Klasson: I passed the CFE Exam on September 10, 2013
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.
Klasson: The 3½-day course was quite intensive and was held in a high-tempo environment with long days, but in return it really gave me the opportunity to focus on the important parts of the study material. I also liked that the course was divided into four different areas and that each day ended with a corresponding exam, which really gives you focus on each subject.
Coach: What did you like most about the CFE Exam Review Course?
Klasson: I liked that the course was held by experienced instructors who could elaborate and go in-depth on questions and also give their own experiences regarding specific topics. I also liked that we were given the opportunity to meet other participants who are working in the fraud field.
Coach: In what ways do you feel that your new CFE credential will be beneficial to you in your current profession?
Klasson: As Transcendent Group (a Scandinavia-based GRC company) is currently intensifying its services around fraud and data analysis, the CFE certification will be a great start toward that business initiative, and it will also give me credibility in my field of work.
Coach: How did you prepare yourself to sit for the exam on-site? Did you spend any additional time studying after class each day?
Klasson: I tried to take a short break directly after the last session of the day to get some fresh air. I then took some time to briefly review the chapters that were reviewed during the day before I took the exam.
Coach: Would you recommend this course to your colleagues?
Klasson: Yes, if you prefer to take an intensive course rather than study on your own during a longer time period.
Coach: Now that we know what you do professionally, what do you like to do for fun?
Klasson: I enjoy being at sea in a kayak and cruising between the islands of the Stockholm archipelago. I bring tents and camping stoves for overnight stays in the wild.
Coach: What do you find enjoyable about that activity?
Klasson: It's a great way to get close to nature and get some exercise. In addition, it gives you a great feeling of freedom.
Coach: Do you have any study tips or suggestions for aspiring CFEs?
Klasson: You should make priorities. Start completing the Prep questions in an early stage before the course and focus on the areas that you feel less comfortable with. Study those parts in the Fraud Examiners Manual. Then, if you have the time, try to browse through the other chapters in the Manual where you have less experience or knowledge. Also, if you come from outside the United States, don't forget to use the International version of the Prep Course and exam software.
Coach: Thank you for your time and congratulations on your new CFE credential.