Certified Fraud Examiner
A Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) is a leader in the anti-fraud community regarded as an expert in preventing, detecting and deterring fraud. In light of recent accounting scandals, businesses and government entities around the world rely on CFEs more than ever before.
CFEs actively fight fraud in a variety of professions including accounting, internal auditing, legal, consulting, law enforcement, security and loss prevention.
CFEs represent the highest standards held by the ACFE and possess expertise in all aspects of the anti-fraud profession.
What are the Qualifications for a CFE?
Pursuing the CFE credential is not unlike the journey towards any other professional designation. It requires a solid commitment, existing knowledge and experience and the will to succeed.
The standards for CFE certification are set by the ACFE's Board of Regents, who are elected by CFE members and drawn from our most experienced members. CFEs must demonstrate professional skills in the areas of fraud prevention or detection. A CFE generally has minimum of:
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
- Two or more years of professional experience in a field related to fraud prevention and detection
- Successful completion of the CFE Examination
What does a CFE do?
CFE functions include:
- Assisting in the prevention, detection and deterrence of fraud
- Resolving allegations of fraud from inception to disposition
- Gathering evidence
- Taking statements
- Writing reports
- Testifying to findings
As leaders who inspire public confidence in the integrity and objectivity of the profession, CFEs adhere to the Certified Fraud Examiners Code of Professional Ethics. CFEs are also required to acquire at least 20 credit hours of continuing professional education per year to ensure that they remain informed, empowered and educated.