Become a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) 

Join this elite group of international anti-fraud professionals by earning your CFE credential.Become ACFE

Step 1: Join the ACFE
Step 2: Purchase & Prepare for the CFE Exam

Step 3: Apply for the CFE Exam
Step 4: Pass the CFE Exam

Step 1 — Join the ACFE

You must be a member of the National Association (ACFE) in order to sit for the CFE Exam and earn your CFE credential.


Step 2 — Purchase & Prepare For The CFE Exam 

Choose one of the following methods to prepare for the CFE Exam:

  1. Study with the CFE Exam Prep Course. The CFE Exam Prep Course is a computer self-study course available in U.S. and International editions. 
  2. Attend the CFE Exam Review Course. This 4-day, instructor-led course provides the essentials needed to pass the CFE Exam and become a Certified Fraud Examiner.  
  3. Study on your own using the Fraud Examiners Manual. The Fraud Examiners Manual is a 2,000 page guide exploring examination techniques and procedures.

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Step 3 — Apply for the CFE Exam

A complete CFE Exam application with documentation is required to take the CFE Exam. The CFE Exam application fee is $400. If you have purchased the CFE Exam Prep Course, the fee is $300.  

Submit the CFE Exam Application.

Submit the Supporting Documentation to complete your application.

Step 4 — Pass the CFE Exam 

The CFE Exam tests your knowledge and expertise in the four primary areas of fraud examination: Financial Transactions & Fraud Schemes, Law, Investigation, and Fraud Prevention & Deterrence. 

Details of the CFE Exam

Request CFE Exam Activation Key

Submit the CFE Exam Affidavit

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Upon passing the CFE Exam, your application will be reviewed by the Certification Committee. After your application is approved, you will be a CFE. 



Continueing Professional Education (CPE 101)

So you've become a CFE...NOW WHAT?

Going forward, the rule of thumb is that every CFE must earn 20 hours of CPE per 12-month period as well as pay annual membership dues to stay current in their certification. CFE's are required to certify CPE compliance by the end of their anniversary month either (1) online or (2) 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.

Of the 20 CPE you are required to earn annually, 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. 

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