• Maintaining the Credential

    Maintaining the Credential CFEs must obtain a minimum of 20 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) every 12-month period and pay annual membership dues to stay current in their profession. CFEs are required to certify CPE compliance by the end of their anniversary month either (1) online or (2) by calling a Member Services Representative at (800) 245-3321 (USA & Canada only) or +1 (512) 478-9000. A CFE's anniversary month is the month membership is renewed each year.


    CPE Requirements 

    CFEs must earn 20 hours of CPE per 12-month period. At least 10 of these hours must relate directly to the detection and deterrence of fraud and 2 hours must relate directly to ethics. If a CFE has earned more than 20 hours of CPE in their previous reporting period, they may carry forward up to 10 of these extra hours to meet their current CPE requirements. 


    The ACFE accepts ethics training from other organizations provided the primary course topic is ethics or ethics-related. In general, courses that focus on the following topics will meet this requirement:

    Ethics and Professional Conduct

    Ethical Practice in Business

    Personal Ethics

    Ethical Decision-Making

    Corporate Ethics

    In addition, courses with a primary topic that falls under one of the requirements of the Certified Fraud Examiners Code of Professional Ethics will be considered to meet this requirement. For the specific requirements of the Certified Fraud Examiners Code of Professional Ethics visit ACFE.com/CodeofEthics.


    All ACFE courses are considered fraud-related. If CPE credits earned through another source fall within one of the following general categories, it is considered fraud-related under ACFE CPE guidelines.

    Financial Transactions and Fraud Schemes 

    Law Related to Fraud 

    Investigation Techniques 

    Fraud Prevention and Deterrence 

    For a full listing of specific fraud-related topics, visit the CPE section on CPE 101: Acceptable Fields of Study. 


    Online Ethics Courses 

    To address this requirement the ACFE has created a series of online courses that are accessible at the user’s convenience. Instant grading and printable certificates are available upon completion of the courses.

    CFE Suspension

    If a CFE does not certify compliance on an annual basis, their credential will be placed into suspension. Suspended status prohibits individuals from representing themselves as CFEs to the general public and using the credential in any form. If a CFE has five or more years of CPE suspensions their membership will be transferred to the Associate status. Should a CFE want to reinstate their credential, they will be required to take the CFE Exam.