The CFAP Certification

Certified Forensic Accounting Professional is a certification issued by the Association of Certified Forensic Accounting Professionals (ACFAP). The purpose of the certification is to assist employers in hiring auditors who are skilled in investigations, fraud risk management or money laundering compliance by affirming that a candidate possesses a baseline set of forensic auditing skills. In order to receive the certification, applicants must pass an examination that includes sections on the following topics, among others:

  • Forensic Auditing Techniques
  • Gathering and preserving evidence in forensic investigations
  • Forensic Audit report writing skills
  • Digital forensic investigations

Before an applicant is allowed to sit for the exam, he or she must already have a minimum of three years experience in as well as be willing to sign and comply with ACFAP’s Code of Professional Ethics.

If the candidate has enough related experience, passes the exam and signs the code, he or she will receive the certification; maintenance of the certification, however, requires that practitioners gain Continuing Professional Learning Hours so that their skills remain relevant to their field.

How to become CFAP

Choose to study forensic accounting with ACFAP and we will provide you with skills and knowledge relevant to become successful forensic accountant.

CFAP Aspirants can start the process by completing their registration formalities and submitting the completed application forms to the Registrar of ACFAP.

There is a strong focus on professional values, ethics and governance. This is essential because the profession is moving towards strengthened codes of conduct, regulation and legislation, which is why our qualification has an increased focus on professionalism and ethics in accounting.

Professionalism and ethics is examined at the highest level in the ACFAP Certifications. It is also a main part of the practical experience you must complete to qualify.

To qualify as an ACFAP member, you will need to complete:

  • Exams – A minimum of one of 4 exams ( Exemptions* are available to candidates based on their previous scores and experience**)
  • Experience – Record 36 months’ experience in a relevant role
  • Ethics – Abide by the Professional code of Ethics of ACFAP.

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** You will be required to provide proof of your previous qualifications so you can claim exemptions.