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Core Forensic Accounting Knowledge Certificate and Exam

The Core Forensic Accounting Knowledge Certificate and Exam (16.0 CPE Credits) covers the areas essential to the planning, performance and reporting for all forensic accounting engagements. Leverage this program to acquire new skills, begin the CFF Credential pathway or earn CPE credits.

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The Core Forensic Accounting Knowledge Certificate and Exam (16.0 CPE Credits) covers the areas essential to the planning, performance and reporting for all forensic accounting engagements. Leverage this program to acquire new skills, begin the CFF Credential pathway or earn CPE credits.

What awaits? Distinction. Pride. Opportunity.

To excel in forensic accounting, you must have a solid understanding of core forensic accounting topics before developing skills in the specialized niche forensic accounting practice areas. Through narration by industry subject matter experts and application exercises, this certificate program covers the areas essential to the planning, performance and reporting for all forensic accounting engagements including evidence identification and gathering, discovery, interview techniques, deposition and testimony, reporting requirements and more.

Composed of required education and the respective Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) credential’s Core Forensics Knowledge exam, this certificate program was developed to assist you in customizing your professional development goals in one of the following ways:

  • Acquiring new skills and earning a certificate in a growing practice area

    Learn new skills, enhance your existing competency or take a deep dive into this growing practice area. You’ll gain new comprehension that will allow you to demonstrate your proficiency and stand out among your peers. Earn the certificate by completing the required learning and passing the Core Forensics Knowledge exam. Once you complete the Core Forensic Accounting Certificate, consider earning the Specialized Forensic Accounting Certificate.

  • Beginning the pathway to completing the CFF Credential

    Use the certificate program as a more flexible way to earn your CFF Credential. The Core Forensic Accounting Certificate program covers topics found in the Content Specification Outline (CSO) for the Core Forensic Knowledge exam section of the CFF Credential exam. Completion of the education and passing the exam as well as completing the Specialized Forensic Accounting Certificate program will fulfill the education and exam requirements needed to earn the CFF credential*. The flexibility in earning both of these certificates saves you approximately 20 CPE hours versus having to earn 75 CPE credits if you opt to not utilize these programs.

    *Earning both the Core & Specialized Forensic Accounting Certificates does not indicate you are certified in financial forensics. You must still meet the 1,000-hour experience and other credential requirements to earn your CFF credential. To learn more about CFF Credential including the requirements, the application process, and how to maintain the credential visit aicpa.org/cff.

  • Earning CPE credits to maintain your existing CFF Credential

    Existing CFF Credential holders can use the education to earn CPE credits needed to maintain the credential. You can customize your learning experience by either purchasing the education only bundle or any of the individual course modules listed below.

The online education will be available in your account for one year from the date you purchase it. The Core Forensic Knowledge exam is online and proctored remotely via webcam and audio (either laptop or USB external) anytime 7 days a week throughout the year. Within 10 business days from the purchase date, you will receive a Notice to Schedule (NTS) and have the flexibility to schedule the exam at your convenience. Your NTS will be valid for one year from the date you receive it.

Upon successfully completing the learning and passing the exam, your certificate will be awarded in the form of a digital badge to be proudly displayed anywhere on the web—a personal blog, a social network like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Mozilla Open Badges, a biographical page on a company website, or an online resume. For more information digital badges, visit Digital Badges.

KEY TOPICS

  • Laws, courts and dispute resolution
  • Engagement planning and preparation
  • Information gathering, preservation and analysis
  • Expert reports and testimony

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Recall and apply the appropriate preliminary procedures and considerations related to engagement and case acceptance
  • Identify and analyze potential conflicts of interest
  • Determine the appropriateness of different methods used to obtain and collect evidence based on situational characteristics
  • Identify the steps and documents commonly used in the custody and preservation process
  • Recall ways to identify relevant missing information needed during the discovery process and apply those methods to situational examples
  • Recall ways to protect yourself from different types of challenges both as an expert and on information
  • Compare and select appropriate communication techniques and proven methodologies for effective investigative interview sessions
  • Analyze the signs of verbal and non-verbal deception
  • Identify the reporting requirements for expert witnesses
  • Differentiate between the applicable professional standards used in different types of reports

Credit Info

  • CPE CREDITS: Online + Exam: 16.0 (CPE credit info)
  • NASBA FIELD OF STUDY: Accounting
  • LEVEL: Intermediate
  • PREREQUISITES:  Foundational knowledge of forensic accounting
  • ADVANCE PREPARATION: None
  • DELIVERY METHOD: QAS Self-Study
  • COURSE ACRONYM: FAIE

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The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is the world’s largest member association representing the CPA profession, with more than 418,000 members in 143 countries, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting.

The AICPA sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, and offers specialized credentials for qualified professionals who concentrate on personal financial planning; forensic accounting; business valuation; and information management and technology assurance. With The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), it offers the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation, which sets the global benchmark for quality and recognition in management accounting.

The AICPA and CIMA also make up the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association), which represents public and management accounting globally, advocating on behalf the public interest and advancing the quality, competency and employability of CPAs, CGMAs and other accounting and finance professionals worldwide.

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AICPA’s online CPE courses will operate in a variety of configurations, but only the configuration described below is supported by AICPA technicians.

A stable and continuous internet connection is required. In order to record your completion of the online learning courses, please ensure you are connected to the internet at all times while taking the course. It is your responsibility to validate that CPE certificate(s) are available within your account after successfully completing the course and/or exam.

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  • Windows 7 to present

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