Coach: When did you receive your CFE credential?
Fisher: I became certified on January 25, 2013
Coach: You attended the CFE Exam Review Course in Las Vegas, 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.
Fisher: For me, the Review Course served to reinforce the information learned through use of the CFE Prep Course. During the Review Course, I was able to ask questions in areas that I felt were unclear or difficult. In addition, the instructors provided useful tips on remembering certain aspects of the course. At the end of the day, I felt very prepared to sit for the CFE Exam. It was nice to take the exam when all of the information was still fresh on my mind.
Coach: What did you like most about the CFE Exam Review Course?
Fisher: The instructors were able to provide firsthand, real-life examples on how some of the fraud schemes were perpetrated. Not only did it make the course engaging, but helped to reinforce the information learned throughout the course.
Coach: In what ways do you feel that your new CFE credential will be beneficial to you in your current profession?
Fisher: Currently, I am a CPA for a public accounting firm that serves small- to mid-size companies. Many times, we have clients ask about areas in internal control that need strengthening or what to do when fraud occurs. With the CFE credential, we are able to market these service to firms that are seeking an internal control review, need support with fraud prevention or detection, or require professional assistance with a fraud case.
Coach: How did you prepare yourself to sit for the exam on-site? Did you spend any additional time studying after class each day?
Fisher: In preparation for the CFE Exam, I used the CFE Prep Course. I was able to answer all questions and pass each practice exam. In January, I attended the CFE Review Course. The 3½-day course reinforced the knowledge learned through the Prep Course and also highlighted areas that I was struggling with. After class each day, I would review the areas that I still needed to work on. In the end, I was very prepared for the CFE Exam and was able to pass each section on the first attempt.
Coach: Will you continue using the CFE Exam Prep Course as a reference tool?
Fisher: The Prep Course comes with a complete Fraud Examiners Manual. Since January, I have referenced the manual at least 10 times.
Coach: Would you recommend this course to your colleagues?
Fisher: Absolutely, the course content was informational and engaging.
Coach: Do you have any study tips or suggestions for aspiring CFEs?
Fisher: The review questions in the Prep Course were very helpful. The Prep Course has questions that are very similar in wording and content to those on the actual CFE Exam. Once you become comfortable with the questions in the Prep Course, you will be ready for the questions on the exam.
Coach: Thank you for your time and congratulations on your new CFE credential.