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How to Become a CFE

Taking the steps to become a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) will position you as a leader in the anti-fraud community and a specialist in the prevention and detection of fraud. Becoming a CFE requires specific qualifications and is achieved by passing the CFE Exam, but the process to apply is a simple one.

1. Be an Associate member of the ACFE in good standing.

Membership is a requirement to take the CFE Exam and earn your CFE credential. If you are not already an Associate member of the ACFE, you must first become a member to pursue the CFE credential.

Apply for an Associate membership.


2. Prepare for the CFE Exam.

It is important to take the time to prepare for the CFE Exam. There are many different ways you can prepare, but the following are the most common:
Study with the CFE Exam Prep Course. The CFE Exam Prep Course is a computer self-study course produced by the ACFE. Available in U.S. and International editions, the CFE Exam Prep Course is designed to prepare users for the content and format of the actual exam and comes with a Money-Back Pass Guarantee. An electronic copy of the Fraud Examiners Manual is included.

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. This course, in combination with the CFE Exam Prep Course software, will provide you with an unbeatable combination for passing the exam. View the calendar of events for locations and dates.

Study on your own. The CFE Exam questions are derived from material contained in the Fraud Examiners Manual.

Learn more about the CFE Exam and how to prepare to take it.

3. Submit the CFE Exam application with proof of education and professional recommendations.

We recommend you gather your documentation and send it with your application approximately one month before you are ready to take the CFE Exam. A complete CFE Exam application with documentation is required to take the CFE Exam.

Apply for the CFE Examthen visit the Certification Portal to submit your supporting documentation which includes:

Details of your work experience, including your responsibilities and percentage of time spent in each area.

Documentation of the education claimed on your exam application. Accepted documentation includes official transcripts, photocopies of degree certificates or diplomas (must be provided in English or translated to English). Advisory transcripts are not accepted.

A recent photograph. Low file quality or blurry images are not accepted.

Three professional recommendations completed by individuals who have worked with you professionally and can comment on your character, integrity and professional skills.

The cost to take the CFE Exam is $350. If you have purchased the CFE Exam Prep Course, you will receive a $100 credit on the cost of the CFE Exam fee, reducing the CFE Exam fee to $250.


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. Before you take the CFE Exam you must request the exam activation key. Learn more about taking the CFE Exam and requesting the exam activation key.

5. Gain final approval from the certification committee and become a CFE.

You will officially become a CFE once your exam and qualifications are approved by the certification committee. Those who have attained the CFE credential will be invoiced at the CFE dues rate upon annual membership renewal.

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