Are associate members required to become CFEs?
No. While we encourage every member to continually expand their anti-fraud knowledge, we do not expect, nor require, all associate members to become CFEs. Each member joins the ACFE with different goals and aspirations, and we value all of them.
What are the different categories of membership?
- Associate Membership: Open to individuals of all job functions, industries and levels of experience who are interested in the prevention, detection and deterrence of fraud. If you are a professional interested in learning more about fraud, Associate Membership provides you with the knowledge, resources and training you need to do your job now and at every stage of your career. Only associate members are eligible to become Certified Fraud Examiners (CFEs). Learn more about the details and benefits of Associate Membership.
- Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) Membership: Open to associate members who are interested in earning the standard of professional excellence in the anti-fraud profession. The CFE credential is increasingly being designated as a preferred credential in the hiring practices of businesses, government entities and law enforcement agencies worldwide. Find out more about the CFE credential.
- Student Membership*: Open to graduate and undergraduate college and university students who have an interest in fraud prevention and detection. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least nine semester hours (or equivalent) and graduate students must be enrolled in at least six semester hours (or equivalent) at an accredited college or university. Explore Student Membership benefits. Enrollment is subject to annual verification.
- Educator Membership*: Open to full-time educators employed at a college or university. Educator members receive access to all member benefits, additional training discounts and numerous resources to use in the classroom. Learn more about Educator Membership benefits.
*Educators, students and some international members are offered Electronic Membership. Electronic Membership provides the same benefits as Standard Membership, except ACFE resources are delivered electronically via email and ACFE websites.
Once I join, when can I expect to receive my membership card, welcome packet, Fraud Magazine® and The Fraud Examiner (member exclusive e-newsletter)?
For Standard members, you will receive your membership card and welcome packet within two weeks, and your first issue of the magazine and e-newsletter within four weeks. Electronic members will receive this information via email and can view issues of Fraud Magazine here.
Can I transfer my membership to someone else in my company if I leave?
No. ACFE memberships are non-transferable and non-refundable. Only participants in the ACFE Corporate Alliance Program can transfer their memberships to other individuals in an organization.
How much are ACFE membership dues?
Use this simple calculator to determine your membership dues.
If you have any questions about ACFE membership and dues, please contact Member Services.
May I pay my membership dues two years at a time?
Yes. Simply note on your invoice that you are paying dues in advance or contact a Member Services Representative for assistance.
Where can I get an application for membership?
You can apply online, download the PDF application on the package selection screen, or by contacting a Member Services Representative.
How do I update my contact information?
You can update your contact information by logging in to your "Account Dashboard" page and clicking "Edit" in the Contact Information section. You can also contact a Member Services Representative for assistance.
I don't remember my login information. How can I get my username and password?
Click Log In on ACFE.com and then click on Forgot Password. Remember, we will use the email address on file for you. If your email has changed, please contact a Member Services Representative for your login information.
I'm new to the anti-fraud profession. Can I still join the ACFE?
Yes. Whether you're an experienced anti-fraud professional or new to the field, we invite you to join. Associate Membership is open to all individuals of high moral character who are interested in the detection, deterrence and prevention of fraud.
If I change jobs, does my membership "travel" with me?
If your membership is not under the ACFE's Corporate Alliance Program, your membership remains with you regardless of employment changes.
My organization is a participant in the Corporate Alliance Program and has ended my ACFE membership. What can I do?
If you are no longer participating in the program, you have the option to continue your membership with the ACFE. Contact a Member Services Representative to renew.