Certified in financial forensics (CFF) credential

Earn the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) credential and take your forensic accounting knowledge to the next level.

Position yourself as a trusted forensic accounting service provider with the post-CPA CFF credential.

The CFF credential provides fundamental and specialized forensic accounting skills that practitioners can apply in a variety of service areas. It is granted exclusively to professional accountants who demonstrate considerable expertise in forensic accounting through their knowledge, skills and experience.

Becoming a CFF offers significant benefits because it:

  • positions you as premier forensic accounting professional
  • enhances your reputation as a competent, trustworthy financial forensic expert
  • increases confidence and expertise recognition for clients and employers
  • demonstrates your commitment to continuous improvement and professional development
  • provides membership access to the AICPA forensic and valuation services section
  • increases opportunities for referrals from other practitioners, strategic partners, lawyers and clients
  • includes you in a community of CPA financial forensic professionals with similar interests and practices
  • provides you with access to:
    • mentor and champion programs
    • find a CFF directory listing
    • marketing toolkit

Jointly presented by:

Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) offers this leading post-CPA credential in association with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Special offers/promotions

AICPA offers credential and section memberships to qualified CPA Canada members along with a special promotion. Save $80 USD when you sign up for an AICPA credential between now and July 31, 2017.

Please note that the credential application forms already reflect the reduced fee from $580 to $500 — all you need to do is complete the form and return it.

Don’t miss out! Qualified members of CPA Canada are exempt from the CFF qualifying exam until March 31, 2017.

CFF credential for CPA Canada members
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You will learn:

How to apply fundamental and specialized forensic accounting skills in these areas:

  • bankruptcy and insolvency
  • computer forensic analysis
  • family law
  • valuations
  • fraud prevention, detection and response
  • financial statement misrepresentation
  • economic damages calculations

Who should register:

  • forensic accounting practitioners
  • internal auditors
  • controllers
  • CFOs

Frequently purchased together:

  • Certified in information technology professional (CITP)
  • Forensic and valuation services section membership
  • Fundamentals of forensic accounting certificate program
  • Information management and technology assurance section membership
  • Personal financial planning section membership

Current active holders of the CPA or CA•IFA will automatically qualify for the CFF credential upon completion of an application. CPA Canada members who do not hold the CPA or CA•IFA will have the opportunity to apply for the credential through an experience route until December 31, 2016.

CFF credential qualification requirements:

The CFF credential is exclusively granted by AICPA to qualified CPAs. To qualify, new CFF applicants must:

  • hold a valid and unrevoked CPA licence or certificate issued by a legally constituted authority
  • pass the CFF examination (the CFF exam content specification outline includes details of subject areas covered on the exam)
  • upon successfully passing the CFF examination, complete the CFF credential application
  • attest to meeting the minimum business experience requirement and education requirement:
    • business experience requirement
      CFF candidates must have a minimum of 1,000 hours of business experience in forensic accounting within the five-year period preceding the date of the CFF application. Refer to the CFF application kit for examples of business experience.
    • education requirement
      CFF candidates must have 75 hours of continued professional development (CPD) related to forensic accounting. All hours must have been obtained within the five-year period preceding the date of the CFF application. Refer to the CFF application kit for further details.
  • pay the appropriate credential fee (see CFF credential pricing for an overview of credential fees)
  • sign a declaration of intent to comply with the requirements of CFF recertification


For more information visit the CFF frequently asked questions.


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