• Step 3 - Apply for the CFE Exam

    Apply for the CFE Exam and submit all of your documentation one month before you plan to take the CFE Exam.


    apply-for-cfe-exam.jpgPart 1: Complete the online application form and submit payment.

    The CFE Exam online application consists of four qualifying sections: Qualifications, Experience and Character, Signature Statement and Payment.

    The cost to take the CFE Exam is $450. If you have purchased the CFE Exam Prep Course, the fee is $350. 

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    Part 2: Submit your supporting documentation to the Certification Portal 

    The Certification Portal allows you to manage your application by submitting documentation directly to the ACFE.

    Supporting documentation includes:

    Proof of Experience: Details on your work experience, including your responsibilities and percentage of time spent in each area.

    Proof of Education: Documentation of the education claimed on your exam application. Accepted documentation includes official transcripts, photocopies of degree certificates or diplomas (must be provided in English or translated to English). Advisory transcripts are not accepted.

    Photo: A recent photograph. Low file quality or blurry images are not accepted.

    Professional Recommendations: Three professional recommendations completed by individuals who have worked with you professionally and can comment on your character, integrity, and professional skills.

    Once your application is complete and your documents have been submitted, please allow 5 to 7 business days for review. You will be notified by email upon completion of this review.

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    If you are unable to apply online, you may download the CFE Exam application and submit it by mail or email. If you are a CFE Exam Review Course participant and are unable to apply online, download the CFE Exam Review Course application and submit it to the Review Course Department two weeks prior to the start of your class. For applications sent via fax, mail or email, allow an additional 7-10 business days for processing. This time frame is in addition to mail delivery times.