There are five requirements to earn your Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential.
You must be an Associate Member of the ACFE to take the CFE Exam and earn the CFE credential.
You must have a minimum of 40 points in the eligibility points system to take the CFE Exam and a minimum of 50 points to be certified.
You can earn points for education and fraud-related work experience.
Many CFE credential applicants have a minimum of a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an institution of higher learning, earning 40 qualifying points. No specific field of study is required. If you do not have a bachelor's degree, you may substitute two years of fraud-related professional experience for each year of academic study. For example, if you successfully attended college full-time for two years, you would earn 20 points and still need an additional four years of professional experience to meet the education requirements. Any points claimed for education must be from an accredited institution of higher learning.
Fraud-related work experience may also be used to earn points. There are more details in the next section about what types of work experience are accepted. Use our points calculator to determine if you meet the points requirement. Remember, you need 40 points to take the CFE Exam and 50 points to become certified.
You must have at least two years of professional experience in a field related to the detection or deterrence of fraud.
At the time you are certified, you must have at least two years of professional experience in a field either directly or indirectly related to the detection or deterrence of fraud. If you do not have two years of professional experience, you can still take the CFE Exam as long as you have a minimum of 40 qualifying points. Once you have the 50-point minimum and two years of professional experience, you can be awarded the CFE credential.
The ACFE’s Board of Regents has established the following categories as acceptable fraud-related experience.
Please note, if your work experience does not fall into one of the categories below but your job responsibilities include the detection, investigation or deterrence of fraud, your experience may still qualify.
You must pass the CFE Exam in order to earn the CFE credential.
You must agree to abide by the ACFE’s bylaws and Code of Professional Ethics in order to be an Associate Member of the ACFE and maintain your CFE credential.
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