Press Release

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and The Institute of Internal Auditors Announce Education Partnership

Nov 30, 2022

The partnership will elevate competency for fraud investigators and auditors. 

AUSTIN, Texas (November 30, 2022) — The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) – the world’s largest organization of anti-fraud professionals – today announced a new partnership with The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) that will see both organizations collaborate on education initiatives that will serve the interests of both global memberships in fraud investigation and auditing.  

Anti-fraud professionals and internal auditors both strive to protect the organizations they serve and, though the primary focus is different, the opportunities to collaborate are vast. ACFE and IIA members often have similar interests and perspectives on fraud investigation and auditing – in fact, some practitioners are members of both organizations – and this partnership is a natural evolution that will allow both organizations to formalize and recognize this shared interest.  

“This partnership brings the power of fraud auditing, detection, and fraud investigation together in order to help businesses and organizations deal head-on with the risks and challenges of fraud,” said Brad Monterio, Executive Vice President of Member Competency & Learning at The IIA. “With increasingly complex technologies comes potential for fraud – this partnership will help both professions learn how to audit and investigate for fraud within these complex technology environments, including cryptocurrency, blockchain, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), robotic process automation (RPA), and others.”  

“Audit and anti-fraud professionals must intentionally seek out new information and best practices to ensure they stay one step ahead of bad actors,” said Andi McNeal, Vice President of Education for the ACFE. “This partnership brings the necessary resources and conversations to the forefront so that everyone charged with protecting organizations against fraud—whether in audit or in another anti-fraud role—is able to effectively carry out those responsibilities.” 

The partnership launches today with a series of webcasts, called “Fraud Perspectives,” which will cover important fraud-related topics. Each webcast in the series will feature a CIA-credentialed fraud auditor and a CFE-credentialed fraud investigator, who will offer their unique perspectives on timely, relevant topics.  

The first webcast in the series will be offered today from 12:00 p.m.–1:15 p.m. ET and is free for ACFE and IIA members. Six paid webcasts will follow in 2023.  

January 11, 2023 – “Fraud Perspectives: Blockchain, Crypto, and KYC” 

March 15, 2023 – “Fraud Perspectives: Virtual Remote Work Forever” 

May 10, 2023 – “Fraud Perspectives: Nonfungible Tokens” 

July 19, 2023 – “Fraud Perspectives: Deepfake Technologies” 

September 13, 2023 – “Fraud Perspectives: ESG and Regulatory Reporting” 

November 15, 2023 – “Fraud Perspectives: The Metaverse” 

Although the partnership will start with collaboratively developed education, the ACFE and IIA will be exploring additional opportunities to work together, including joint research projects, impactful thought leadership, and working together on conference and event programs. 

About the ACFE

Founded in 1988 by Dr. Joseph T. Wells, CFE, CPA, the ACFE is the world’s largest anti-fraud organization. Together with more than 90,000 members, the ACFE works to reduce business fraud worldwide and inspire public confidence in the integrity and objectivity within the profession. For more information, visit

About The Institute of Internal Auditors

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) is a nonprofit international professional association that serves more than 218,000 global members and has awarded 180,000 Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) certifications worldwide. Established in 1941, The IIA is recognized throughout the world as the internal audit profession's leader in standards, certification, education, research, and technical guidance. For more information, visit

Contact the ACFE

Stefanie Hallgren 
The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners 

Contact The IIA

Chris Almonte 
The Institute of Internal Auditors