Forensic CPA (FCPA)
Credential issued and maintained by
Continuing education requirements for FCPA:
20 hours of fraud or forensic related CPE per year
First year CPE
If you have successfully passed all 5 parts of the certification exam, you are exempt from fulfilling your 20 hours of CPE for the first year after certification.
For all other first year FCPAs, the CPE requirement includes the first year you are a member.
Annual (currently $150/year). Your renewal date will be on the first of the month following the month in which you become a member.
CPE due date coincides with renewal date. For example, if your membership renewal date is August 1st of each year, your 20 hours of CPE should also be completed by that date.
FunCPE courses do NOT Qualify for FCPE credit
FunCPE fraud courses are NOT acceptable for Forensic CPA (FCPA) CPE credit because the FCPA Society instituted a requirement that CPE providers must be members of NASBA in order for the credit to be accepted.
FunCPE is not currently a member of NASBA.
The Forensic CPA Society does have an affiliated company which is a CPE provider, Pony Express CPE, and courses can be taken from their provider or any other NASBA provider.
History of the Forensic CPA credential
The Forensic CPA (FCPA) designation was developed in 2005 by the Forensic CPA Society. In order to obtain the FCPA designation, you must
- be a licensed Certified Public Accountant or Chartered Accountant,
- pass the 5-part FCPA exam ($250) and
- join the Forensic CPA Society ($150).
Optional, but recommended study guide available for $1,615.
The FCPAS was incorporated in Washington state on 01/05/2005 by Larry R. Larsen, a CPA in Washington. The president, sole shareholder, sole director and sole officer is Donna Larsen, who is not a CPA.
Similar FCPAi credential
A similar credential titled “Forensic Certified Public Accountant” (FCPAi) was created by and is maintained by the Forensic Certified Public Accountants Association (FCPAA).
Visit the Forensic Certified Public Accountant credential from FCPAA page here