Certified Financial Forensics (CFF)

Credential issued and maintained by

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

Continuing education requirements for CFFs:

60 hours of forensic related CPE every 3 years

  • Authoring or publishing articles is limited to 24 hours
  • Classes taught or lectures given are limited to 36 hours

Due date of renewal and CPE deadline

The first renewal is due by the December 31st after 3 years from your initial certification date.  From that point forward, renewal is due every 3 years by December 31st.

Course subjects accepted for CPE credit

Any CPE course that relates to forensic accounting is acceptable.

FunCPE courses 

FunCPE fraud courses are acceptable for Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) CPE credit. CFFs in most states can receive credit for our courses, check your state CPA CPE acceptance so that the credit can apply to both credentials.

We welcome Certified in Financial Forensics CPAs to our site and would like to serve your needs better.

Please contact us with any suggestions for new course topics for CFF CPE specifically.

Rules and requirements for CFF credential holders (Per the AICPA website)

Certified in Financial Forensics Overview

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) established the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) credential in 2008 for CPAs who specialize in forensic accounting.

The CFF credential is granted exclusively to CPAs who demonstrate considerable expertise in forensic accounting through their knowledge, skills, and experience.

The CFF encompasses fundamental and specialized forensic accounting skills that CPA practitioners apply in a variety of service areas, including: bankruptcy and insolvency; computer forensic analysis; family law; valuations; fraud prevention, detection, and response; financial statement misrepresentation; and economic damages calculations.

For details, view the CFF background, qualification requirements and application.

Continuing education subject areas

CE subject areas include all areas of forensic accounting such as:

  • Bankruptcy and insolvency
  • Computer forensics
  • Economic damage calculations related to insurance claims or anticipated lawsuits
  • Fiancial calculations related to family law proceedings
  • Fraud prevention, detection and response
  • Litigation support
  • Stakeholder disputes
  • Valuations


 CPE providers accepted

You are not required to take your CPE courses through the AICPA. Many students take their CPE courses from a CPE Provider also approved for their state for CPA CPE.  Courses can usually be counted for both state CPA CPE requirements and CFF requirements.

FunCPE courses are accepted in most states for CPAs, check your state CPE acceptance to verify.