The AICPA CFF® credential is evolving to meet emerging global demands – are you?
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The AICPA CFF® credential is evolving to meet emerging global demands – are you?

7 months ago · 1 min read

As CPAs and their clients work through the massive business changes worldwide, they confront a variety of fraud schemes, business continuity issues and damages concerns. Fraud in particular thrives in times of crisis as bad actors take advantage of fear and confusion. Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF®) credential holders have the knowledge and expertise to assist clients during these unprecedented times.

The CFF® credential is granted exclusively to CPAs and other recognized equivalents who demonstrate expertise in financial forensic accounting through their knowledge, skills, experience and adherence to professional standards.

The CFF® adds credibility and indicates expertise and competency in areas that include:

  • fraud detection, prevention and response

  • financial statement misrepresentation

  • digital forensics

  • bankruptcy and insolvency

  • damages calculations and dispute resolution

  • expert witness services

  • investigations

  • family law services

Now is the time to upskill

Fraud and financial forensics are primary concerns for clients and employers across the globe. With specialized knowledge in fraud matters, dispute resolution, damages calculations, and bankruptcy; CFF® professionals are well positioned to guide businesses through crisis management, recovery of operations, and future preparedness. Earning the CFF® credential demonstrates the knowledge and business acumen of a CPA or recognized equivalent combined with financial forensic accounting expertise in a day and age where specialized knowledge has never been more critical.

CFF credential eligibility requirements

To qualify for the CFF® credential, a candidate must:

  • Be an AICPA member in good standing

  • Pass the CFF® Examination

  • Obtain 1,000 hours of forensic accounting experience in the CFF® Body of Knowledge within the five-year period preceding the date of the credential application

  • Complete 75 hours of forensic-related continuing professional development (CPD) in the CFF® Body of Knowledge within the 5-year period preceding the date of the credential application

  • Hold a valid and unrevoked CPA certificate or license issued by a legally constituted state authority or recognized international equivalent

There are multiple ways to earn the CFF® Credential. Study for the comprehensive exam using the CFF Exam Review Course or complete the Core and Specialized Forensic Accounting Certificate Programs. Successful completion of both certificate programs satisfies the 75 CPD requirement for CFF credential applications. 1000 hours of forensic related business experience and passing the CFF exam are also required.

Visit here to learn more about the CFF® credential, it’s benefits, and the pathway to becoming a CFF® credential holder.

Start your path toward becoming a CFF® and register for the CFF® Exam today.

Kari C. Day, DBA|MSA|CPA|CGMA|FCPA|CFE

Dr. Kari C. Day, CPA | CGMA | FCPA | CFE is an AICPA Senior Manager for the Certified in Financial Forensics CFF® credential. She has earned four professional accounting credentials, a Master of Accountancy degree, and a Doctorate in Advance Accounting Theory with a Focus on Forensics. Kari began her career in public accounting, advancing to Senior Auditor before repositioning into higher education, earning rank and tenure as an Associate Accounting Professor in Oregon. While completing her dissertation on CPA Human Skill Competencies, she hired out as a subject matter expert and consultant for continuing professional education, university accounting programs, and course level editing and design. Kari thoroughly enjoys the creative intelligence involved in conceptual strategies for exemplary global accounting programs and worldwide proficiency for the accounting profession. It is her privilege to collaborate with friends and colleagues to promote forensic accounting awareness around the world.

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