The ACFS’ certification program contains a Grandfathering Provision that is expected to expire when the ACFS Academy and the Certified Fraud Specialist Entrance Examination are fully implemented.


Although we do charge an application fee for professionals seeking membership in the ACFS, we do NOT charge members a fee for seeking certification under the Grandfathering Provision.

Basic Criteria
The member petitioning for certification must demonstrate 100 points (using the membership application points schedule) and may use a variety of qualifying point sources. HOWEVER, each Petitioner MUST demonstrate possession of 40 points (equivalent of 8 years) of qualifying experience. The Grandfathering provision is restricted to senior anti-fraud professionals who can demonstrate substantial experience and expertise in the field of fraud investigation, detection, deterrence, and/or education.

You can find the petition for certification here. Please read the instructions carefully and make your case!

Board of Regent Review

Members of the Board of Regents regularly attend sessions conducted by the Professional Standards and Admissions Committee and, in so doing, monitor the committees adherence to the standards established for the Grandfathering provision by the Board of Regents.

The ACFS's Board of Regents convene as they deem necessary however they meet at minimum each year in September or October to evaluate the ACFS' progress in developing its training program, developing the written examination for the certification, developing the ACFS' Academy, and in the status of the certification programs' Grandfathering provision.

In reviewing the Grandfathering provision, the Regents examine numerous related issues tied to the certification process, but they carefully examine three (3) key issues in determining if the Grandfathering provision still serves a beneficial purpose and should continue, or if the provision should be permanently closed. Those key issues are:

1) Has the anti-fraud profession received sufficient notice so as to provide all senior anti-fraud professionals with adequate opportunity to apply and obtain certification prior to implementation of a mandatory testing process?

2) Is closing the Grandfathering provision at this time in the best interest of the anti-fraud profession and the public?

3) Has an acceptable, alternative means of providing certification through a formalized testing process, been developed, approved, and implemented by the ACFS?

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