Candidates aspiring to earn the CFE designation must meet certain minimum qualifications:
- 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
- Successful completion of the Uniform CPE Examination
Minimum academic and professional requirements may be satisfied through:
- A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in any field of study from an institution of higher education. Two years of professional fraud-related experience can be substituted to each year of college.
- At least two years of professional fraud-related experience in the areas of accounting and auditing, criminology and sociology, fraud investigation, loss prevention or law – all of which are recognized by the ACFE as qualified professional experience
To maintain their proficiency, CFEs are required to obtain at least 20 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) annually, or an average of 60 hours within three years.