CFF Exam

Exam Overview

The Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF®) credential is 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. In order to obtain the credential, you must pass the CFF Exam.



Steps to the Exam

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Exam Format

  • Exam Type — The CFF Exam is a computer-based, non-disclosed exam. This means the questions and answers are not published nor are you permitted to remove any exam materials from the testing site.
  • Grading — Each exam is carefully graded by our team of psychometricians to ensure that the questions are statistically valid.
  • Timing — The exam will last for a total of 4 hours. 
  • Types of Questions:
    • Multiple-choice questions — A discrete multiple-choice question consists of a stem that includes factual data and provides multiple 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 you to answer each question. This part of the exam is designed to test your analytical reasoning skills and ability to apply forensic accounting skills.
  • Mock Exam Video — 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 used in this mock exam session are merely for demonstrative purposes only and do not reflect actual exam content.


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Upcoming Exam Dates


Exam Window  Dates Registration Deadlines  Early Bird Discount* Deadline 
Fall 2016  Nov. 1- Dec. 15 October 24 October 1
Winter 2017  February 1-28 January 24  January 1
 Spring 2017  May 1-31  April 24 April 1 
 Summer 2017 August 1-31  July 24  July 1 
Fall 2017   November 1-30  October 24  October 1

*Sign-up by the early bird registration deadline and receive a 25% discount!


Registrant Type Price (per module)
First-time registrants
(never registered for the CFF exam in the past)
$300 - FVS Section members
$400 - AICPA members
$500 - non-members
Exam retake from previous exam
(completed a CFF exam but did not pass)  

Discount Pricing

  • Volume Pricing — A discount of $100 per exam is available when registering two or more candidates from the same firm for any CFF Exam window. For further details and to submit request to obtain this discount, please email the CFF team.
  • Bundle — CFF Exam registrants can save $100 on their purchase of the live version of the CFF Exam Review course. To take advantage of this offer, you must simultaneously register for both the CFF Exam and the CFF Exam Review Course by adding both items to their shopping cart.

Registration Process

If interested in taking the exam, register online and pay the required exam fee. Online registration is available to both AICPA and non-AICPA members. Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation of your purchase via email. This confirmation does not serve as the Notification to Schedule.


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Content Specification Outline |  Exam Prep Tools 

Exam Content Specification Outline

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 exam 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. Review the CFF Content Specification Outline.

Exam Preparation Tools

The key to passing the exam is a combination of using the body of knowledge referred to in the CSO, coupled with applying this body of knowledge by obtaining relevant work experience.
To assist in exam preparation, the AICPA offers the following:

CFF Exam Review Courses:

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. The review course is available in the following formats:
  • Self-study - Offered in text or online format, the self-study review course includes practice questions.
  • Virtual Group Study - offers information via live webcast.
  • Live Group Study - The live group study course is taught by industry leading experts. Participants can ask questions in-person. 

           Upcoming Live Group Study Session:

    Dates Location
    November 4-5, 2016 Nashville, TN Register now >>

Candidate Study Plan

The AICPA’s FVS Section has developed a prescribed four-month study plan for its CFF exam candidates.  Review the study plan >>

Fundamentals of Forensic Accounting Certificate Program

This online CPE self-study program consists of 19 required modules that use 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 does cover the CFF body of knowledge. Learn more >>

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Scheduling Process

This process begins when you receive your Notice To Schedule (NTS) email six weeks prior to the beginning of the exam window for which you have registered. It contains instructions on how to schedule, a link to the test center, and your unique voucher code to enable you to schedule your specific date and location.
After receiving your (NTS) email, you may schedule your exam. Please schedule early to improve your likelihood of obtaining your desired time and location. The NTS email will provide instructions on how to do so. Below is a snapshot of the process:
  1. Visit the CFF Exam Scheduling Website.
  2. Follow the steps to establish a test-taker account. If you have already established a test -taker account for a previous exam, use the username and password that was previously provided. For assistance with your username or password, please contact the AICPA Member Service at 888.777.7077 or email us.
  3. Upon receipt of email confirmation of your username and password, login to schedule.
  4. Click on the Schedule Exam link in the task bar at the top of the page.
  5. Select the CFF Exam and click on Register Now button.
  6. Select the desired HOST location (testing center).
  7. Select the desired date and time the desired location is available and proceed to checkout.
  8. Enter the voucher code that was provided in the NTS letter at checkout and click submit and done.
  9. A scheduling confirmation email will be sent to the email address provided. It is important to print and/or keep a copy of this confirmation page on file as it includes the Test Authorization Code required for exam admittance.

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Testing Locations

At this time, the CFF Exam is only offered in the United States and Canada. There are almost 300 locations nationwide. Find the closest one >>

Test Regulations

The Kryterion host location has procedures that must be followed. Please make sure to read their procedures document in full so you can be fully prepared.  

Additional Information

To find a more detailed overview of the scheduling process including rescheduling, cancellations and refunds, download the CFF Credential Exam Registration and Scheduling Terms and Conditions document.


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