Continuing Professional Education

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) accepts Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits from other organizations and institutions. For full details on the documentation and information required, click each title to expand the section. 

CPE Types

  • Participant Credit

    An unlimited amount of participant CPE credits may be claimed each year. Participant credit is instruction in a formal class or online (e.g., webcast or webinar) setting. A formal class:

    • Has an instructor
    • Includes a written course outline
    • Has attendance that is required and recorded

    You must receive a certificate of completion that includes the number of CPE credits attained to claim participant CPE credit.
     

  • College Course Credit
    • College courses may be claimed and computed at the rate of 15 credits of CPE for each semester hour completed.
    • In some publications, the acronym CEU is used, which means Certified Education Unit. Normally one CEU is equal to 15 classroom hours, one college semester hour or 15 credits of CPE.
    • You must receive transcripts stating the course name and the number of credit hours earned to claim College Course CPE credit.  

  • In-House Training

    In-house training must be instructor led, contain a written course outline, require and record attendance and be held in a formal setting. You must receive a certificate of completion that includes the number of CPE credits attained to claim In-House Training CPE credit.  

    Informal, on-the-job training may not be claimed.

  • Self-Study Credit

    Self-study courses are accepted for CPE credit, provided they meet the following criteria:

    • The individual must pass a final examination to receive CPE credit.
    • A certificate of completion listing the number of CPE credits attained is issued.

    You must receive a certificate of completion that includes the number of CPE credits attained to claim Self-Study CPE credit.  

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  • Instructor Credit

    Instructors may claim CPE credit for the number of hours presenting, plus a maximum of two hours of preparation for each hour of presentation for the first time the material is presented. Subsequent credit for preparation of the same presentation is not permitted. Full teaching credit may be claimed in every instance the subject is taught. A maximum of 10 CPE credits per year is accepted, including preparation time and presentation time.

    You must submit one of the following to claim Instructor CPE credit:

    • Teaching a university course: A confirmation letter on university letterhead that states the name and timeframe of the course.
    • Teaching a non-university course: Written confirmation from the organization hosting the course that states the name and timeframe of the course. A class agenda or course brochure should also be kept for CPE records. 
  • Author Credit

    Time spent preparing articles and books related to these acceptable fields of study will be accepted for a maximum of 10 CPE per year.

    You must keep a detailed description of the book or article to claim Author CPE credit. 

  • Editorial Advisory Credit

    Members of the ACFE Editorial Advisory Committee may claim 0.5 CPE credits for every Fraud Magazine submission reviewed, with a maximum allowable credit of 5 CPE credits per year. This credit only applies to the review of Fraud Magazine manuscripts and is only available to duly appointed members of the Editorial Advisory Committee.

    You must submit a completed manuscript evaluation form to the Fraud Magazine Editor-in-Chief prior to the publication of each respective submission in order to claim Editorial Advisory Credit.

  • Meeting Credit

    Credit for attending certain meetings may be claimed for a maximum of 10 credits per year. Meetings must either have a formal speaker or relate directly to the competence of the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Meetings must be at least 50 minutes in length for each credit claimed. Time for lunches, breaks, social gatherings, planning sessions, business meetings and similar activities must be excluded.

    You must receive a certificate of completion that includes the number of CPE credit attained for attendance at the meeting or a copy of the sign-in list stating the date and duration of the meeting to claim Meeting CPE credit.  

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  • Fraud Magazine CPE Service
    Time spent reading featured articles in Fraud Magazine® and taking quizzes online will be accepted to earn 10 CPE credits. Once five quizzes are passed with a score of 70% or higher during a single year's online quiz set, you'll receive your CPE certificate instantly. You must receive a certificate of completion that includes the number of ACFE CPE credit attained to claim Fraud Magazine CPE credit.

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