CPA, CFF, CFE, CFI….say what?

If you get an email or a business card from a forensic accounting professional, you might see a bunch of credentials behind their name. But what do they all mean? Here is a brief description for some of the most common forensic accounting related professional credentials:

  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) – CFEs resolve allegations of fraud, obtain evidence, conduct interviews, write reports, testify to findings and assist in the prevention and detection of fraud.


  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – CPAs are accounting professionals who have passed the CPA examination and have also met additional state certification and experience requirements.



  • Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) – CFIs conduct a variety of investigative interviews with victims, witnesses, suspects or other sources to determine the facts regarding suspicions, allegations or specific incidents.

Additional certifications that are common for forensic specialists include the following:


  • Certified Financial Crimes Investigator
  • Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV)
  • Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)
  • Private Investigator
  • MBA in Fraud Management and Economic Crime
  • Seized Computer Evidence Recovery Specialist
  • Certified Handheld Forensic Examiner
  • Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS)
  • Encase Certified Forensic Examiner (EnCE)
  • AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE)
  • Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)
  • Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Certified Information System Manager (CISM)

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