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CFE Exam Content Outline 

The CFE Exam Content Outline details the main topics covered in the four sections of the CFE Exam: Financial Transactions and Fraud Schemes, Law, Investigation, and Fraud Prevention and Deterrence. The current CFE Exam Content Outline applies to the 2021 edition of the CFE Exam and all subsequent editions. A new version will be released in line with certification industry best practices every time the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) conducts a job analysis study.

What is on the content outline?

The new CFE Exam Content Outline can be found here

How does the new content outline differ from previous editions of the CFE Exam? 

Beginning with the 2021 edition, there are no longer separate U.S. and international versions of the CFE Exam. Instead, the exam is now based upon a single, globally applicable content outline. The content outline reflects changes in the fraud examination field, with additional focus on emerging schemes and trends, as well as the use of technology by both fraud perpetrators and fraud examiners.

How was the content outline developed?

In 2019, the ACFE partnered with Prometric to undertake a formal job analysis study to assess the current and expected future knowledge, skills and abilities needed to show full proficiency as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). This study involved a survey of all ACFE members, as well as two, in-person task force meetings. The results of this job analysis study were used to create the content outline for the CFE Exam.

How can I study for the latest version of the CFE Exam?

Beginning with the 2021 edition, all CFE Exam study products reflect the latest content outline and are revised each year. These study options include: 

To ensure that you are studying the most relevant content, we recommend using a study product that aligns with the version of the CFE Exam you will be taking. We will continue to administer the exams that correspond to the study material you have purchased until their designated expiration dates. View exam and Prep Course expiration dates on the Prep Course FAQs.