Q: What is a Certified Fraud Examiner?

A: A Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) is a specialist in the detection and prevention of a wide range of white-collar crime and other fraudulent conduct. All CFEs must meet the criteria for admission to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, which administers the CFE Program. Generally, to achieve the CFE designation a candidate must have a minimum of: (i) a baccalaureate degree from a recognized institution of higher learning; (ii) two or more years of professional experience in a related field; and (iii) successful completion of the Uniform CFE Examination. All CFEs must also exemplify the highest moral and ethical standards, and must agree to adhere to the CFE Code of Professional Ethics. CFEs are also required to take at least 20 hours of continuing professional education per calendar year, 2 hours of which must be related to the topic of ethics.

Q: How can I learn more about the CFE designation, including how I might become a CFE?

A: Additional information about the CFE designation can be found on the ACFE web site's Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) Membership Page. If you scroll to the bottom of that page, you will find links to more specific infomation on "How to Become a CFE," the "Uniform CFE Examination," and "CFE Exam Prep Courses." You may also wish to telephone the ACFE at (800) 245-3321.

Q: Do I have to be a CFE or a member of the ACFE in order to join the Chapter?

A: No. Associate Memberships in the Chapter are available to non-CFEs who have a professional interest in the field of fraud detection and prevention. Visit our Membership Information area for additional details.

While we encourage our members to join the ACFE, it is not required unless and until you wish to become certified. For more information regarding ACFE membership or certification, visit the ACFE Web site or call the Association at (800) 245-3321.

Q: Are the Chapter seminars, bi-monthly breakfast meetings and other training events certified for CPE credits by the various state boards of accountancy?

A: The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. As such, the credits for all our continuing professional education seminars qualify for CPE credits with the state boards. If you have any further questions, you are welcome to call Philadelphia Chapter President or the seminar department of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners at (800) 245-3321.

Q: How can I exponentially increase my networking opportunities through committee participation or otherwise volunteering my services in connection with Chapter events, the newsletter or other activities?

A: We're glad you asked! The Chapter is always in need of volunteers in every area. Currently, we're seeking volunteers to serve on our Membership, Scholarship, Newsletter and ad hoc committees. We're also looking for contributions to our newsletter in the form of original articles or newsworthy information concerning Chapter members, the field of fraud detection and prevention, and other items of potential interest to our membership. Finally, we ask our members to share their substantial knowledge and resources by volunteering as presenters at our Chapter seminars o breakfast meetings or making recommendations in that regard. To volunteer your assistance in these or any other areas (we're always open to new ideas), please contact our Chapter President or write us and tell us what you'd like to do.

Q: I'm not a member of the ACFE or the Philadelphia Area Chapter, yet I'd like to attend your bi-monthly breakfast meetings and seminars on occasion. Is this possible?

A: Chapter seminars and breakfast meetings, whether or not co-sponsored by the ACFE, are open to anyone with a professional interest regardless of membership status in either organization. However, because Chapter and ACFE members enjoy discounted rates on all of these events, we encourage you to become a member.

Q: What is your refund policy for breakfast meetings and seminars?

A: Due to financial obligations incurred by the chapter, you must cancel your registration at least 5 days prior to the start of the event.

Q: Is the Philadelphia Area Chapter of CFEs a nonprofit organization?

A: Yes. The chapter is a tax exempt corporation under IRC § 501(c)(3).