Since January 2014, CPA Canada in association with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) has offered the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) credential to its members. The AICPA established the CFF credential in 2008 for CPAs who specialize in forensic accounting. The CFF credential is granted exclusively to professional accountants (as deemed by a governing body) who demonstrate considerable expertise in forensic accounting through their knowledge, skills, and experience.
CFF credential holders apply fundamental and specialized forensic accounting skills in a variety of service areas, including: bankruptcy and insolvency; computer forensic analysis; family law; valuations; fraud prevention, detection, and response; financial statement misrepresentation; and economic damages calculations.
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CFF Qualifying Areas Knowledge
The CFF Body of Knowledge represents both core and specialized financial forensic accounting concepts that CPAs possess to collect, analyze and evaluate evidential matter and to interpret and communicate findings in the courtroom, boardroom or other legal or administrative venue. The qualifying areas of knowledge for CFF credential holders consist of:
- Laws, Courts, and Dispute Resolution
- Engagement Planning and Preparation
- Information Gathering, Preservation, and Analysis
- Expert Reports & Testimony
- Increase exposure for professional accountants who have obtained the CFF credential
- Enhance the quality of the forensic services CFFs provide
- Ensure the continued competitiveness of professional accountants versus other forensic accounting services providers through continuous access to a comprehensive community of resources and support
- Increase practice development and career opportunities for CFFs
- Promote members' services through the Forensic and Valuation Services (FVS) website
- Achieve public recognition of the CFF as the preferred forensic accounting professional
Benefits of Becoming Certified in Financial Forensics
- 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/lawyers, and clients
- Includes you in a community of CPA financial forensics professionals with similar interests and practices