Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) Credential Overview 

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) established the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) credential 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. The CFF encompasses fundamental and specialized forensic accounting skills that CPA practitioners apply in a variety of service areas, including: bankruptcy; electronic data analysis; family law; valuations; fraud prevention, detection, and response; financial statement misrepresentation; and damages calculations.

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 Program Objectives
 Compass The CFF credential program is designed to achieve the following objectives: 
  • Ensure the continued competitiveness of CPAs versus other forensic accounting services providers through continuous access to a comprehensive community of resources and support
  • Increase exposure for CPAs who have obtained the CFF credential
  • Enhance the quality of the forensic services members provide
  • Increase practice development and career opportunities for CFFs
  • Increase the confidence in the quality and accuracy or forensic services received from CPA/CFF providers


 Benefits of Becoming a CFF
CPAs who provide forensic accounting services should consider obtaining the CFF Credential because it:CFF Logo     
  • Provides access to all FVS Section Resources and Content
  • Positions the credential holder as a premier forensic accounting service provider
  • Enhances the practitioner's image as a competent, trustworthy financial forensic expert
  • Promotes a greater level of confidence for clients and employers
  • Demonstrates commitment to continuously improving forensic accounting skills and expertise, resulting in increased professional competency
  • Increases opportunities for referrals from other practitioners, strategic partners, attorneys, and clients
  • Includes you in a community of CPA financial forensics professionals with similar interests and practices
  • Will add tangible benefits such as the mentor and champion programs, find a CFF directory and marketing toolkit


CFF Credential Qualification Requirements
 Notepad and Computer The CFF Credential is exclusively granted by the AICPA to qualified CPAs. To qualify, new CFF applicants must:      
  • Hold a valid and unrevoked CPA license or certificate issued by a legally constituted state authority  
  • Pass the CFF examination. The CFF Exam Content Specification Outline (CSO) includes details of subject areas covered on the exam.
  • Upon successfully passing the CFF Examination, complete the CFF Credential Application. Applicants must attest to meeting the minimum Business Experience and Education requirements and pay the appropriate credential fee. See CFF Credential Pricing  for an overview of credential fees.
      • Business Experience Requirement
        CFF candidates must have a minimum of 1,000 hours of business experience in forensic accounting within the 5-year period preceding the date of the CFF application. Refer to the CFF Application Kit for examples of business experience.
      • Education Requirement
        CFF candidates must have 75 hours of forensic accounting related continuing professional education (CPE). All hours must have been obtained within the 5-year period preceding the date of the CFF application. Refer to the CFF Application Kit for further details.
  • Sign a Declaration of Intent to comply with the requirements of CFF Recertification

For more information visit the CFF Frequently Asked Questions.

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