How to Earn Your CFE Credential
You’re five steps away from becoming a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).
Certified Fraud Examiners (CFEs) are respected in every industry, recognized around the world and feared by every fraudster. Why? Because earning the CFE credential requires commitment — along with time, focus and a passion for fighting fraud. The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) is here to help you at every step. In return for the challenging work of becoming a CFE, you’ll be rewarded with a more lucrative, fulfilling and world-changing career.
To become a CFE, you must first join the ACFE. Only ACFE members can earn the CFE credential.
Your ACFE membership grants you access to exclusive benefits — all designed to make your anti-fraud career more successful and dynamic. Our goal is to ensure you stay at the leading edge of your industry.
|Benefits of ACFE Membership Include:
Eligibility to earn the CFE credential
Savings on training and exam prep
Access to Fraud Magazine®
Global networking opportunities
|Members-only job board and Career Center
You must meet these eligibility requirements to become a CFE.
Your eligibility to take the CFE Exam is determined by a points system. Check your eligibility using our Eligibility Calculator.
You must also provide documentation — including details of professional work experience, proof of education and professional recommendations.
The exam fee is $450.
Once you have completed your preparation and applied, you’re ready to take the CFE Exam. The CFE Exam is a closed-book and closed-notes exam composed of four sections – Financial Transactions and Fraud Schemes, Law, Investigation, and Fraud Prevention and Deterrence. Each section is a separate two-hour exam that contains 100 multiple choice and True/False questions. To pass, you must correctly answer at least 75% of the questions in each section. Any unanswered questions will be marked incorrect.
Valid, government-issued photo identification is required to take the CFE Exam. The CFE Exam is computer-based and is delivered and live-proctored by Prometric.
The exam sections can be taken either:
Upon successfully passing all four sections of the CFE Exam, your CFE Exam Application, exam results and proctored exam sessions will be reviewed by the ACFE's Certification Committee. When you meet all the qualifications for certification, you will be notified by email.
For an approximate cost to become a CFE, add up these costs:
To test remotely online, you need access to a:
- Computer capable of installing a lightweight app
- Webcam capable of a 360-degree environmental check*
- Stable internet connection
- Private Location
Additional remote proctoring technical requirements include:
- Screen resolution: 1024 X 768
- Operating system: Windows 8.1 or above/MacOS 13.1 or above
- Web browser: Latest version of Google Chrome
- Microphone: Enabled
- Download speed: 0.5 mbps
Prometric will email you a score report with your exam results within an hour of completing each exam section. Results can also be found in the Prometric score report portal after you enter your confirmation number and last name.
In order to pass, you must score at least 75% correct on each section of the CFE Exam. If you are unable to pass a section of the exam, you may retake that section. CFE Exam retake fees are $100 per failed section. CFE Exam Review Course attendees will be granted a discounted retake fee of $50 for their first two failed attempts. Any additional attempts will be $100 each. You will receive instructions on how to pay exam retake fees with your exam results email. All four sections must be passed in three attempts.
Within three weeks of passing the CFE Exam, your complete CFE Exam application will be reviewed by the ACFE Certification Committee. If more information is needed, you will be notified by email. We will also notify you by email once your CFE credential is approved, and your CFE certificate will be mailed to you within 6-8 weeks.
The CFE Exam Candidate Handbook provides a blueprint to earning the CFE credential for aspiring and current candidates. The policies and procedures outlined in this document will guide you through the certification process, including exam and certification eligibility requirements and guidelines.