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CPE 101: How to Earn CPE
The types of CPE credit accepted for ACFE courses and other CPE sources are listed below, in addition to the documentation required for acceptance of the credit.
Visit CPE 101: Acceptable Fields of Study for the areas of study in which this credit should be earned.
Participant Credit (Unlimited)
An unlimited amount of participant CPE credits may be claimed each year. Participant credit is defined as instruction in a formal class setting. A formalized class is one that meets in a formal setting, and includes:
a written course outline
attendance that is required and recorded
Required documentation for this credit to be accepted: a certificate of completion that includes the number of CPE hours attained.
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College Course Credit (Unlimited)
College courses may be claimed and computed at the rate of 15 credits of CPE for each semester hour completed.
In some publications, the acronym CEU is used, which means Certified Education Unit. Normally one CEU is equal to (1) 15 classroom hours, (2) one college semester hour, or (3) 15 credits of Continuing Professional Education.
Required documentation for this credit to be accepted: transcripts stating the course name and the number of credit hours earned.
In-House Training (Unlimited)
In-house training is acceptable, provided that it is offered in a formalized setting and meets the above criteria for participant credit. Informal, on-the-job training may not be claimed.
Required documentation for this credit to be accepted: certificate of completion that includes the number of CPE hours attained.
Self-Study Credit (Unlimited)
Correspondence and self-study courses are acceptable for recommended CPE credit provided they meet the following criteria:
The individual must pass a final examination to receive CPE credit.
A certificate of completion listing the number of CPE hours attained is issued.
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Instructor Credit (Maximum of 10 CPE Credits per Year)
Instructors may claim CPE credit for the number of hours actually presented plus a maximum of 2 hours preparation for each hour of presentation for the first time the material is presented. Subsequent credit for preparation of the same presentation is not permitted. Full teaching credit may be claimed in every instance the subject is taught. A maximum of 10 CPE credits per year is accepted, including preparation time and presentation time.
Required documentation for this credit to be accepted:
Teaching a university course: A confirmation letter on university letterhead that states the name and timeframe of the class taught.
Teaching a non-university course: Written confirmation from the organization hosting the course that states the name and timeframe of the class taught. A class agenda or course brochure should also be kept for CPE records.
Author Credit (Maximum of 10 CPE Credits per Year)
Time spent preparing articles and books related to the above-mentioned fields will be accepted for a maximum of 10 CPE credits per year.
Required documentation for this credit to be accepted: A detailed description of the book or article should be kept with annual CPE records.
Meeting Credit (Maximum of 10 CPE Credits per Year)
Credit for attending certain meetings may be claimed for a maximum of 10 credits per year. Meetings must either (1) have a formal speaker or (2) relate directly to the competence of the Certified Fraud Examiner. Meetings must be at least 50 minutes in length for each hour claimed. Time for lunches, breaks, social gatherings, planning sessions, business meetings, and similar activities must be excluded.
Required documentation for this credit to be accepted: a certificate of completion that includes the number of CPE hours attained for attendance at the meeting or a copy of the sign in list stating the date and duration of the meeting.
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Fraud Magazine CPE ServiceEarn continuing education credits by reading Fraud Magazine. Choose any five issues of Fraud Magazine (published within the past two years), read the articles and take the quiz listed in the back of each issue. If you pass each of the quizzes you will receive 10 hours of continuing education credit towards your CPE requirements. Enjoy informative articles and intelligent columns while earning the continuing education credit you need as an anti-fraud expert.
Quizzes and the Fraud Magazine CPE Quiz Payment Form are available for download at FraudMagazine.com. The cost is $69 for ACFE members.
Members must pass all five quizzes (with a score of 70% or better on each quiz).
The ACFE will email a certificate of completion.
The Fraud Magazine CPE Service CPE credits apply only to the CFE status and not to any other professional designations. Fraud Magazine CPE Service is not registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).
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CPE Rule on Training Provided by Convicted Fraudsters
ACFE shall not award Participant, College Course, In-House Training, Instructor, or Meeting CPE Credit for any portion of a program in which the instructor, speaker, or presenter is a person who has been, within the past ten (10) years, convicted of a fraud-related felony or a fraud-related crime involving moral turpitude (as that term is defined by the ACFE Membership Bylaws). An exception will be granted (and CPE credit allowed) for any portions of a program that are specifically and exclusively devoted to the convicted person describing or explaining his or her crime. The President of ACFE, Inc. shall have the authority to determine whether CPE credit will be granted or disallowed according to this rule on a case by case basis.
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CPE 101: What You Need to Know
CPE 101: How to Earn CPE
CPE 101: Acceptable Fields of Study
Maintaining CPE Records / CPE Audit
Extensions of Deadlines
New CFEs and CPE
Member Status and CPE
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