Certified Forensic Accountant

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The Certified Forensic Accountant program assesses Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) knowledge and competence in professional forensic accounting services in a multitide of areas. Forensic accountants may be involved in both litigation support (providing assistance on a given case, primarily related to the calculation or estimation of economic damages and related issues) and investigative accounting (looking into illegal activities).

Benefits of becoming a Certified Forensic Accountant:

  • Grants recognition of knowledge and skills by a third party
  • Enhances professional reputation and provides personal accomplishment
  • Supports continued professional development
  • Demonstrates a high level of commitment to the field

Credential Content

Cr.FA covers all of the topics a CPA needs to expand their field of expertise. The credential goes beyond the traditional training a CPA receives. The materials include:

  • History of forensic accounting
  • Fraud auditing
  • Asset misappropriation scams
  • Alternate dispute resolution
  • Preparation and courtroom tips
  • Document retrieval and analysis
  • Rules of evidence
  • Government auditing techniques
  • IRS Valuation Guidelines

How do I maintain the Certified Forensic Accountant credential?

Individuals are expected to maintain membership and complete 15 hours of forensic-related continuing education credits per year to maintain their Certified Forensic Accountant status.

Future CEs may be earned through ACFEI's Executive Summits and/or completing tests for the continuing education articles located in The Forensic Examiner®, provided in our online course catalog.

Steps to becoming a Certified Forensic Accountant, Cr.FA

  • Meet the eligibility requirements
    These requirements must be met in order to apply for the Certified Forensic Accountant program:
    • Become a member of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute® or be a member in good standing
    • At least 18 years of age
    • No felony convictions
    • A minimum of a bachelor's degree or at least five (5) years experience in a forensic-related field
  • Complete the application by one of the following methods:
    • Click - Apply Online
    • Call - 800.423.9737
    • Fax - 417.881.4702
    • Mail - 2750 E. Sunshine, Springfield, Mo 65804
  • Enroll in the program
    Submit the application, fees, and required supporting documentation, including the following:
    • Current resume/curriculum vitae
    • Degrees
    • CPA License
    • Other licenses, certifications, certificates, and/or commissions
    • At least two (2) professional references
  • Prepare for the exam
    Once you have been approved, you can begin preparing for the exam. You will be provided access to online study materials. It is recommended that you review the text and meterials before sitting for the exam.
  • Sit for the exam
    After successful completion of the exam, you will receive a certificate of completion from ACFEI. This certificate will also award you with 15 continuing education credits. Your certificate will be mailed to you within 4-6 weeks of completion of the exam.

Credential Information
ABFA Membership Dues (1yr)


Certified Forensic Accountant Study Materials and Exam


Total Cost