AICPA University Program in Forensic Accounting

With the increased demand and need for forensic accounting services, building the future of the forensic accounting profession is important now more than ever. What better way to start students on the pathway to becoming a forensic accountant than to start educating them now while they are in your classroom. Together, we will prepare students to enter the profession equipped to serve clients and employers. The AICPA Forensic and Valuation Services (FVS) Section has resources that will help you guide your students in becoming a forensic accountant. Contact us at for more information.

AICPA Forensic Accounting Program Designed for Accounting Students

The AICPA forensic accounting program for accounting students is designed to be a 3-credit hour course that systematically introduces the essentials of all the major topics of forensic accounting, detailing the engagement process and professional opportunities. It covers the financial forensics body of knowledge that aligns with the CFF Exam and builds off the CPA body of knowledge.

 Under the UAA Rules (5-2), this course may count towards the accounting hours to meet the CPA requirement.

Includes AICPA course textbook, Essentials of Forensic Accounting, written by Michael Crain, et al., which contains:

  • Learning objectives
  • Foundational knowledge of each topic
  • Practical application: examples, case studies, rules of thumb and tips
  • Reference to Statements on Standards for Consulting Services (CS Section 100)

Instructor support materials including:


  • 1st Edition available now
  • 2nd Edition available Summer 2019

Model Forensic Accounting Curriculum

The AICPA developed the Model Forensic Accounting Curriculum (MFAC) as a resource for accounting educators seeking to develop or enhance their course offerings. The MFAC has been designed to help students gain a foundational knowledge of forensic accounting and to increase students’ chances for success, regardless of their chosen career path.

The MFAC’s primary objective is to provide students with an understanding of the role forensic accounting plays in the real world. To achieve this objective, the MFAC recommends that faculty use a framework that helps students organize their knowledge. The framework should consist of a series of forensic accounting topics, whether in a single course or multiple courses, which progress in an integrated and logical manner. The MFAC provides accounting educators with a sample framework which can be tailored to specific needs or adopted in its entirety. The MFAC can also be used to integrate forensic accounting theory into an established accounting curriculum.

Download the AICPA Model Forensic Accounting Curriculum

Why Partner with AICPA to add FA to your Curriculum

  • Be one of the first accounting programs to meet the demand, growth and opportunities in forensic accounting.
  • Help your students satisfy the accounting hours needed to meet the CPA education requirement.
  • Provide students with greater opportunity through work toward multiple credentials, like the CPA and CFF, efficiently and in a cost-effective manner. Contact to learn more about credential exam opportunities for students and professors.
  • Professors and students may contact for access to FVS Section locked content and resources.
  • Full support of AICPA in development of program.
  • Recognition by AICPA through press and other promotion of university program and ability for university to market collaboratively with AICPA. Network with practitioners in your area via the CFF Champion Program. CFF Champions may volunteer to serve as guest speakers in the classroom.
  • Contact us today at for more information.