Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) Examination 

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) established the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) in 2008 for CPAs who specialize in forensic accounting. The CFF credential is granted exclusively to CPAs who demonstrate considerable expertise in forensic accounting through their knowledge, skills, and experience.

Exam Registration & Scheduling
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 Registration Deadline

Early Bird Discount 
Registration Deadline*

Spring 2016

May 1 - June 15

April 24

April 1

  Summer 2016

July 1 - Aug 15

 June 24

 June 1

Fall 2016

Nov 1 – Dec 15

October 24

October 1


*Early bird registrants received 25% discount!

Registration and Scheduling Terms and Conditions - Please read prior to registering for the exam. This document contains vital information related to scheduling, re-scheduling, exam deferral, and much more.

CFF Exam Scheduling Process – Provides guidance surrounding the steps involved with scheduling an exam at a Kryterion HOST (High-Stakes Online Secured Testing) facility

Test Center Locations - At this time, the CFF exam is offered in the United States and Canada. There are almost 300 locations nationwide. Find the closest one.

Exam Registrant Pricing

Man and WomanFirst-time registrants have never registered or taken the CFF exam.

                                Current FVS Section members   $300
                                Current AICPA members              $400
                                Non-AICPA members                    $500

Exam-retake registrants have previously taken the CFF exam and did not pass the exam.  The re-take fee is $100.

Volume Pricing: A discount of $100 per exam is available when registering two or more candidates from the same firm for the same CFF exam window. For further details and to submit request to obtain this discount, an email must be sent to


Exam Content Specification Outline & Preparation

Notebook and ComputerCFF Exam Content Specification Outline (CSO) - The CFF credential program is built around content areas that encompass professional responsibilities and practice management; fundamental forensic knowledge; and specialized forensic knowledge.

The key to passing the examination is a combination of utilizing the body of knowledge referenced in the CSO coupled with applying this body of knowledge by obtaining relevant work experience in forensic accounting. 

Accordingly, although it is not a strict requirement, it is our recommendation that candidates choose to sit for the exam only after they have completed the required 1,000 hours of forensic accounting experience.     

AICPA CFF Review Course - is the only comprehensive review program backed by the resources and collective expertise of forensic accounting professionals associated with the AICPA. Sign up for the course, and you’ll gain: A comprehensive overview of all topics outlined in the CFF Exam’s Content Specification Outline (CSO), which serves as the AICPA’s forensic services body of knowledge. Helpful test preparation materials, including a bonus copy of the Essentials of Forensic Accounting textbook — an indispensable resource delivering matchless knowledge to practitioners, financial managers and students in understanding the complex elements and factors that impact the forensic accounting practice areas.
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                                                                            Virtual Group Study

                                                                                  Live Course

Fundamentals of Forensic Accounting Certificate Program -  this online CPE self-study program consists of 19 required modules that utilize interactive scenario-based learning, including audio and video animation, to guide you through the concepts. These courses are not intended to be a review course for the exam, but do cover the CFF body of knowledge.

Candidate Study Plan - The AICPA’s FVS Section has developed a prescribed 4-month study plan for its CFF credential exam candidates. View the suggested study plan.

Exam Format

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The CFF Examination is a non-disclosed examination. This means the questions and answers are not published nor are candidates permitted to remove any examination materials from the testing site. Each examination is carefully graded by our team of psychometricians to ensure that the questions are statistically valid. The examination is a four hour computer-based exam that contains multiple choice questions and case studies.

If you’d like to view a demonstration of a mock exam session, then watch our AICPA Specialty Exam Online Tutorial.

Note:  The questions and exhibits utilized in this mock exam session are merely for demonstrative purposes only and do not reflect actual exam content.

Multiple Choice Questions:  A discrete multiple choice question consists of a stem that includes factual data and provides four answer options. 

Case Study Questions:
The case studies vary in length and the number of multiple-choice questions associated with each one. The fact pattern for each case study will contain sufficient information to enable the candidate to answer each question. This part of the examination is designed to test the candidate's analytical reasoning skills and ability to apply forensic accounting skills.

More Questions?

For more information review the CFF Frequently Asked Questions, email the Certified in Financial Forensics team, or call the Member Service Center at 888-777-7077 (M-F, 9am-6pm ET). Visit the CFF Credential Overview page for additional information.

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