CFE Information

THE CFE PROGRAM

The Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) program is an accrediting process for individuals who possess the specialized skills required to detect, investigate, and deter fraud. Typical members include fraud examiners, auditors, investigators, forensic accountants, loss prevention and security directors, law enforcement personnel, criminologists, academia and researchers in the area of white-collar crime.

To become a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be an Associate member of the National 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


If you meet the requirements, you may begin preparing for the CFE exam. The ACFE offers a self-study course and a 4-day, instructor-led course. Candidates may also study on their own using the Fraud Examiner's Manual.

Finally, you will apply for and take 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
  • Fraud Prevention & Deterrence

For more information about the CFE Exam and to begin the certification process, click here.

For more information about being a CFE and about our chapter, check out our FAQ page.