CFF Exam

Steps to the Exam

The CFF Exam is now offered year-round, beginning March 1, 2018. You can now take the exam when it is convenient for you.


Exam Content Specification Outline

The CFF credential program is built around content areas that encompass professional responsibilities and practice management, fundamental forensic knowledge and specialized forensic knowledge.

The key to passing the exam is a combination of utilizing the body of knowledge referenced in the CSO coupled with applying this body of knowledge by obtaining relevant work experience in forensic accounting.

Accordingly, although it is not a strict requirement, it is our recommendation that candidates choose to sit for the exam only after they have completed the required 1,000 hours of forensic accounting experience. Review the CFF Content Specification Outline.

Exam Preparation Tools

The key to passing the exam is a combination of using the body of knowledge referred to in the CSO, coupled with applying this body of knowledge by obtaining relevant work experience. To assist in exam preparation, the AICPA offers the following resources:


CFF Exam Review Courses:

The only comprehensive review program backed by the resources and collective expertise of forensic accounting professionals associated with the AICPA. Sign up for the course, and you’ll gain: A comprehensive overview of all topics outlined in the CFF Exam’s Content Specification Outline (CSO), which serves as the AICPA’s forensic services body of knowledge. Helpful test preparation materials, including a bonus copy of the Essentials of Forensic Accounting textbook, which is an indispensable resource delivering matchless knowledge to practitioners, financial managers and students in understanding the complex elements and factors that impact the forensic accounting practice areas. The review course is available in a self-study format. It is offered online and includes practice questions and a copy of the Essentials of Forensic Accounting Textbook, 2nd edition.

Core & Specialized Forensic Accounting Certificate Programs

Use these certificate programs as a streamlined pathway to earn your CFF Credential. By completing both certificates, you will have completed the Credential Exam Requirement and satisfied the CPD education requirement. It reduces the 75 CPD credits required by 16 CPD if you do not choose the certificate pathway. 

The Core Forensic Accounting Certificate covers the areas essential to the planning, performance and reporting for all forensic accounting engagements including evidence identification and gathering, discovery, interview techniques, deposition and testimony, reporting requirements and more.

The Specialized Forensic Accounting Certificate covers unique areas of a forensic engagement including bankruptcy, business/individual/intellectual property damages, mergers and acquisitions, family law, divorce and more. 

Scheduling Process

This process begins when you receive your Notice To Schedule (NTS) email within two weeks of purchasing your exam. Be sure to keep this email. It contains instructions on how to schedule your exam and your unique voucher code to enable you to schedule your specific date and location at a testing center or date and time if you choose the online option.

After receiving your (NTS) email, you may schedule your exam. If you plan to take it at a testing center, please schedule early to improve your likelihood of obtaining your desired time and location. The NTS email will provide instructions on how to do so. Below is a snapshot of the process:

  1. Visit the CFF Exam Scheduling Website.
  2. Follow the steps to establish a test-taker account. If you have already established a test-taker account for a previous exam, use the username and password that was previously provided. For assistance with your username or password, please contact the AICPA Member Service at 888.777.7077 or email us.
  3. Upon receipt of email confirmation of your username and password, login to schedule.
  4. Click on the Schedule Exam link in the task bar at the top of the page.
  5. Select the appropriate CFF Exam for “onsite proctored” or “online proctored” and click on the Register Now button.
  6. If taking an onsite proctored exam, select the desired date and time the HOST location is available and proceed to checkout.
  7. If taking an online proctored exam, select the desired date and time that an online proctor is available and proceed to checkout.
  8. Enter the voucher code that was provided in the NTS letter at checkout and click submit and done.
  9. A scheduling confirmation email will be sent to the email address provided. 
  10. It is important to print and/or keep a copy of this confirmation page on file as it includes the Test Authorization Code required for exam admittance.

For more detailed information of the process, download the process >>

Testing Locations

At this time, the CFF Exam is only offered in the United States and Canada. There are almost 300 locations nationwide. Find the closest one >>

Test Regulations

The Kryterion host location has procedures that must be followed. Please make sure to read their procedures document in full so you can be fully prepared. To find a more detailed overview of the scheduling process including rescheduling, cancellations and refunds, download the terms and conditions.