CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner)

Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)

The Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) is a credential awarded by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). The ACFE association is the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. Together with more than 75,000 members, the ACFE is reducing business fraud world-wide and inspiring public confidence in the integrity and objectivity within the profession. CFEs have a unique set of skills that are not found in any other career field or discipline; they combine knowledge of complex financial transactions with an understanding of methods, law, and how to resolve allegations of fraud. Fraud examiners are also trained to understand not only how fraud occurs, but why.

In order to become a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) one must meet the following requirements:

Be an Associate Member of the ACFE in good standing
Meet minimum academic and professional requirements
Be of high moral character
Agree to abide by the Bylaws and Code of Professional Ethics of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Academic requirements: Generally, applicants for CFE certification have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an institution of higher education. Two years of professional experience related to fraud can be substituted for each year of college.

Professional requirements:
At the time of certification, at least two years of professional experience in a field either directly or indirectly related to the detection or deterrence of fraud is required. The ACFE recognizes the following areas as qualified
professional experience:
Accounting and auditing
Criminology and sociology (sociology is acceptable only if it relates to fraud.)
Fraud investigation
Loss prevention (experience as a security guard or equivalent is not acceptable)
Law relating to fraud
Other experience can qualify, but must be reviewed for applicability.Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)


The CFE Exam consists of 500 questions divided into four sections: Fraud Examination and Investigation, Criminology and Ethics, Financial Transactions, and Legal Elements of Fraud. Each question has a time limit of 75 minutes, and each section contains 125 questions.
The CFE Exam covers the following four areas:
Fraud Prevention and Deterrence – Tests your knowledge of why people commit fraud and what can be done to prevent it. Topics covered in this section include crime causation, white-collar crime, occupational fraud, fraud prevention, fraud risk assessment, and the ACFE Code of Professional Ethics.
Financial Transactions – This section tests your knowledge of the types of fraudulent financial transactions incurred in accounting records. To pass this section, you will be required to demonstrate knowledge of these concepts: basic accounting and auditing theory, fraud schemes, internal controls to deter fraud and other auditing and accounting matters.
Fraud Investigation – This section includes questions in the following areas: interviewing, taking statements, obtaining information from public records, tracing illicit transactions, evaluating deception and report writing. Legal Elements of Fraud – This section ensures that you are familiar with the many legal ramifications of conducting fraud examinations, including criminal and civil law, rules of evidence, rights of the accused and accuser and expert witness matters.