Pathway to the CFF Credential
Step 1: Learn
The AICPA offers many professional education formats and programs to help you prepare for and pass the CFF® credential exam. There is a fast track option where you can complete the Core and Specialized Forensic Accounting Certificates. This option will reduce your education requirements from 75 hours to 59 hours.
Step 2: Pass the ExamThe exam is a four-hour multiple-choice format offered at test centers throughout the United States and Canada and built around content areas that encompass professional responsibilities and practice management, fundamental forensic knowledge and specialized forensic knowledge.
Step 3: Gain ExperienceCFF candidates must have a minimum of 1,000 hours of business experience in forensic accounting within the five-year period preceding the date of the credential application. Candidates can apply to be matched with a mentor through the CFF Mentor Program. Among other responsibilities, mentors may provide guidance on how to become a CFF and start and/or develop a forensic accounting practice.
Step 4: Get Credentialed
After passing the CFF credential exam, you must apply for the CFF credential, granted exclusively by the AICPA to CPAs who demonstrate expertise in forensic accounting through their knowledge, skills and experience.