Recertification

The Recertification Standard* is the set of guidelines for Certified Fraud Examiners (CFEs) who have let their membership expire. The Recertification standard only applies to expired members, not to members who are inactive, retired or in a different membership category.

A CFE whose membership has been expired for three consecutive years or less may be recertified in good standing by:

  1. Applying for and paying any recertification fees.
  2. Certifying the completion of 20 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits within the 12 months preceding the date of application for reinstatement. At least 10 CPE credits must relate directly to the detection and deterrence of fraud and 2 must relate directly to ethics. 

A CFE whose membership has been expired for more than three, but not more than five, consecutive years has two options for recertification:

  1. Pass the CFE Exam and satisfy all of the educational, experience and testing requirements necessary for certification.
  2. Apply for recertification and pay any associated fees, as well as certify the completion of 40 documented CPE credits within the 24 months preceding the date of application for recertification. At least 20 CPE credits must relate directly to the detection and deterrence of fraud and 4 credits must relate directly to ethics (Documentation of CPE earned must be submitted with the Recertification application).

A Certified Fraud Examiner whose membership has been expired for more than five consecutive years may only be reinstated by passing the CFE Exam and satisfying all of the educational, experience and testing requirements necessary for certification. The process for members expired for more than five consecutive years is:

  1. Be an Associate member in good standing.
  2. Apply for the CFE Exam and submit all of the supporting documents.
  3. Prepare for the CFE Exam.
  4. Pass the CFE Exam.

*The Recertification Standard was implemented on August 26, 2008 and was updated by the ACFE’s Board of Regents on June 12, 2011.