As a CFE, you must earn a minimum of 20 credit hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) every 12-month period and pay annual membership dues. You are required to certify CPE compliance by the end of your anniversary month, which is the month your membership is renewed each year.
Easy ways to certify CPE compliance:
ACFE.com/MyCPE to certify your CPE compliance online.
Call (800) 245-3321 / +1 (512) 478-9000 to certify your compliance by phone.
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Your CPE records should not be sent to the ACFE unless specifically requested for a CPE audit.
As a CFE, you are responsible for keeping track of your CPE records. Proof of CPE must be retained for three years. This includes supporting documents for CPE credit you earn, such as CPE certificates. The ACFE does not maintain CPE records for members. Only send CPE records to the ACFE when specifically requested by the ACFE's staff in the event of a CPE Audit.
CPE documentation must include:
The ACFE will not accept the following for CPE documentation:
You may request a 30-day extension of your CPE compliance deadline, from your original Anniversary month. Contact a Member Services Representative at (800) 245-3321 / +1 (512) 478-9000 to request an extension.
If you have already requested a 30-day CPE extension from your original CPE deadline and need an additional extension, you may apply for an extension by email to
CPE@ACFE.com, by phone at (800) 245-3321 / +1 (512) 478-9000, or by ACFE’s secure chat. Circumstances that may qualify for an extension include loss of employment and hospitalization.
If you do not certify compliance by your deadline, your credential will be placed into suspension. Suspended status prohibits you from representing yourself a CFE and using the credential in any form.
You may resolve a CPE Suspension by completing the Suspension Compliance statement in one of the following ways:
ACFE.com/MyCPE to resolve your CPE Suspension online.
Call (800) 245-3321 / +1 (512) 478-9000 to resolve your CPE Suspension by phone.
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As a CFE, if a you accumulate five or more years of CPE suspensions your membership will be transferred to Associate status. To reinstate your CFE credential, you are required to take the CFE Exam and satisfy all of the education, experience and testing qualifications necessary for certification.
A random number of CFEs are selected for audit each year.
If you are selected for an audit of CPE records, you will have 60 days to provide CPE documentation for the requested compliance year.
If you are unable to demonstrate CPE compliance, or are found to have made a false certification, you may be subject to disciplinary action, including expulsion from the ACFE.
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