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The ACFS administers the Certified Fraud Specialist (CFS) professional designation
and uses standards established by a 16-member Board of Regents
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The ACFS accepts petitions for certification from its members. That means to seek certification, an interested individual must first meet the criteria to qualify for membership. 

The ACFS’ Board of Regents has designated three ways in which a member may obtain certification. To obtain certification, you must successfully complete one.

Pass the Certified Fraud Specialist Entrance Examination

This certification mechanism consists of a written examination covering all Core Areas of Training (CAT) in which a Candidate must demonstrate proficiency. Test questions consist of information considered critical from the various disciplines contending with the detection, deterrence, investigation, and prosecution of white collar crime, fraud, and abuse. The Certified Fraud Specialist Entrance Examination is a multi-part, multiple choice examination designed to require approximately 3 to 4 hours to complete.

Status: The Certified Fraud Specialist Entrance Examination has not been completed, or approved, by the Board of Regents at this time.

Complete the ACFS Academy

This certification mechanism consists of attending various courses offered by the ACFS. Members participating in the Academy are granted priority registration in, and must submit to a proctored examination given at the conclusion of, each Core Course. Certification is awarded after the member has successfully completed all Academy requirements. Requirements of this certification mechanism are:

The member must apply for the Academy certification program so that courses taken by the member are monitored and tracked

-   Association courses taken by the member must have been designated as "Core Courses" by the Board of Regents

-  The member must take a proctored examination for each Core Course and achieved a passing score

-  The member must successfully complete each required Core Course within a two-year time-frame, commencing from the date of applying to the Academy.

Status: The Board of Regents are currently identifying all of the Core Courses that will be required as part of this program. Once the Board of Regents has identified all required knowledge and skill areas, the ACFS faculty will design the courses and submit them to the Board of Regents for approval.


Demonstrate Eligibility for the Grandfathering Provision

This certification mechanism consists of Applicants completing various informational forms and submitting documentation in a process that is design to establish whether or not the Applicants’ education and experience either meets, or exceeds, the level of competency established by the Board of Regents.

Status: The Board of Regents has established all of the criteria required for this certification mechanism. Learn more about the ACFS Grandfathering Provision.