• Compliance Professional

    Compliance Professionals ensure management and personnel are complying with the company’s policies and procedures, as well as applicable laws and regulations. A strong compliance program is an essential component in identifying and mitigating the risk of fraud.


    Benefits of the CFE Credential

    The CFE credential provides Compliance Professionals with the knowledge to detect and deter fraud by ensuring the organization and its employees are in compliance with all fraud-related regulations and laws and that the organization's compliance program adheres to anti-fraud best practices. The CFE credential is preferred by many employers, and candidates who have earned it are looked to as leading experts in the anti-fraud field.

    The ACFE’s global salary study found that CFEs earn a 31 percent income premium over their peers without the credential, which demonstrates the value employers place on the credential. The study also provides valuable information and comparisons helpful to all anti-fraud professionals in benchmarking their compensation levels and career growth. The training, fraud resources and continuing education provided by the ACFE will help in any stage of your career path. Refer to the Compensation section below for more information about the compensation ranges for governance, risk and compliance professionals.

    Job Description

    Individuals working in the compliance function plan, administer, maintain and implement procedures and policies to manage the risk of non-compliance and to deter and detect fraud. They verify that departments in a company are in compliance with organizational policies and procedures, and that the company is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. If a company is in violation, compliance officers must address the violations and implement and monitor corrective actions. The compliance function of a company can fall under many different titles, some of which include:


    Compliance Specialist

    Compliance Analyst

    Compliance Manager

    Director of Corporate Compliance

    Chief Compliance Officer

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    A bachelor’s degree in law, business administration, accounting, finance or another related field is usually required. A master’s degree is preferred. Professional certifications for compliance officers include the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    It is important to plan and conduct an honest self-assessment of your knowledge, skills and abilities. In particular, employers are looking for:


    Laws, regulations and standards

    Ethical business behavior

    U.S. Sentencing Guidelines

    Risk management


    External and internal audits










    Written communication

    Verbal communication

    Interpersonal communication

    Public speaking

    Ability to problem solve



    Attention to detail


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    Below are compensation ranges for governance, risk and compliance professionals taken from the 2017/2018 Compensation Guide for Anti-Fraud Professionals:

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