Join the ACFE

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is dedicated to providing anti-fraud education and training. Together with its members, the ACFE is reducing business fraud worldwide and inspiring public confidence in the integrity and objectivity of our profession.

As an ACFE member, you will receive many valuable benefits that will help to promote your professional and career development. These benefits include access to member’s only services and resources as well as discounts on many of ACFE’s valuable products.

Membership is open to any person who may qualify and is interested in, or engaged in, the practice or teaching of preventing, detecting or deterring fraud. (Please note that all membership applications are processed in Austin, Texas, USA.)

In order to look more closely at the membership requirements, and the accreditation process, you may wish to visit the global site. As well as being able to find out the costs and the application procedure, this is where you will be able to find out everything you need to know about membership, member benefits, and to look at the array of resources that will become available to you, – all you have to do is click here.

Also, if you would like to view or download a copy of the ACFE Membership Brochure, then you can do so, by clicking here.

If you are interested in becoming a Certified Fraud Examiner and are not resident in the US or Canada, you must still join the US Association at the Associate Member level. Thereafter, if you meet the necessary requirements and are an Associate Member in good standing, you may apply to become a CFE. Assuming that you reside within the United Kingdom, once your membership has been established you will automatically become a member of the UK Chapter.

The UK Chapter has well over 1,000 members and is growing rapidly; we provide a range of networking and training events throughout the year, which offer you the opportunity to develop both your professional skills and knowledge and extend your professional network.

Unique to all ACFE Chapters worldwide, membership to the UK Chapter is free of charge and automatic for all those ACFE members who are resident within the British Isles. Through supporting our events members guests and sponsors currently provide sufficient funding to enable the chapter to operate.

Admission Requirements

All CFE candidates must meet the required standards of admission. They need to be able to demonstrate professional skills in the area of fraud detection and deterrence. Generally, applicants have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from a recognised institution of higher learning. No specific field of study is required. If you do not have a bachelor’s degree, you may substitute two years of fraud-related professional experience for each year of academic study. For example, if you successfully attended college full-time for only two years, you would need an additional four years of professional experience to qualify for the education requirements. 

At the time you are certified, you must have at least two years of professional experience related, either directly or indirectly, to the detection or deterrence of fraud. The Board of Regents has established that acceptable related experience includes accounting and auditing, criminology or sociology, fraud investigation, loss prevention and law.

Depending on the circumstances, other categories may be acceptable. If your experience does not clearly fall into one of the aforementioned professional fields, but your responsibilities include the detection, investigation and deterrence of fraud, we encourage you to submit your application along with a detailed description of your background. If you are not accepted for membership, your fees will be refunded in their entirety.

CFE Exam

The CFE exam is a standardised, four-part online test that in total takes up to ten hours to complete  It may be taken at any time and location convenient to the examinee. You are eligible to take the exam once you meet the minimum education requirement, but you cannot be certified until you also have the minimum experience required. 

UK training courses are available from Fraud Training Limited

Continuing Professional Education and the ACFE Code of Ethics

In order to retain their membership of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, all CFE’s are required to complete 20 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) annually. At least 10 hours must relate directly to the detection or deterrence of fraud.

Because of the nature of their work, all Certified Fraud Examiners must agree to adhere to a strict Code of Professional Ethics.

Violations of the Code of Ethics are investigated by the Association’s Board of Review, which may recommend appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including the revocation of certification.

Disciplinary Procedures

The ACFE has a detailed procedure for handling formal complaints received against a Certified Fraud Examiner, Associate Member, or member in any other membership category. The Board of Regents has full authority and discretion to take disciplinary action in regards to complaints investigated and evaluated by the Board of Review and the General Counsel. If you wish to find out more about the ACFE disciplinary procedures, Click Here

Additional Information

For any additional information about studying for and becoming a Certified Fraud Examiner, you will be able to find out everything you may wish to know by looking here.