Types of CPE Credit
The types of CPE credit and documentation accepted for ACFE courses and other CPE sources are listed below.
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 or
online (e.g. webcast or webinar) setting. A formal class:
Has an instructor
Includes a written course outline
Has attendance that is required and recorded
You must receive a certificate of completion that includes the number of CPE hours attained to claim Participant CPE credit.
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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.You must receive transcripts stating the course name and the number of credit hours earned to College Course CPE credit.
In-House Training (Unlimited)
In-house training is acceptable, provided that it is offered in a formal setting and meets the above criteria for participant credit. Informal, on-the-job training may not be claimed.
You must receive a certificate of completion that includes the number of CPE hours attained to claim In-House Training CPE credit.
Self-Study Credit (Unlimited)
Correspondence and self-study courses are accepted for 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.
You must receive a certificate of completion that includes the number of CPE hours attained to claim Self-Study CPE credit
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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.
You must receive one of the following to claim Instructor CPE credit:
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.
must keep a detailed description of the book or article to claim Author CPE
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.
You must receive 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 to claim Meeting CPE credit.
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Fraud Magazine CPE Service Choose any five issues of Fraud Magazine (published within the past two years) and take the quiz listed in the back of each issue. If you pass all five quizzes you will receive 10 hours of continuing education credit towards your CPE requirements. Quizzes and the Fraud Magazine CPE Quiz Payment Form are available for download at Fraud-Magazine.com
You must receive a certificate of completion that includes the number of CPE hours attained to claim Fraud Magazine CPE credit.
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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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