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The ACFCS Headquarters

Rivergate Plaza
444 Brickell Avenue, Suite 250
Miami, Florida 33131 USA
Phone: (305) 854-2345 Fax: (786) 316-0006

Executive Director

Brian Kindle, Executive Director, 786-517-2720,


Jeanette Ramos, Director of Marketing, 786-517-2725,
Emily Mermell, Marketing Manager, 786-517-2722,

Conferences / Events

Wendy Shearer, Manager of Events, 786-517-2715,

Customer Service

Debbie Pelland, Member Services Manager, 786-517-2701,


Carlos Diaz, Certification Manager, 786-517-2708,


Brian Hirshorn, Controller, 786-517-2733,

Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists

The Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS) is a worldwide organization for private and public sector professionals who work in diverse financial crime disciplines. Its membership includes compliance officers, law enforcement agents, regulators, attorneys, technology providers, and others who work to detect and prevent financial crime in all its forms – money laundering, tax evasion, corruption, fraud, cyber crime, terrorist financing, and more.

ACFCS awards the Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS) certification to qualified candidates who pass a proctored examination offered at authorized testing centers around the world. Professionals in the financial crime field from more than 65 nations have already obtained the CFCS certification.

ACFCS offers its members and the worldwide financial crime community an array of information and training products and services, as well as a global community of financial crime specialists with whom members may network and exchange ideas and solutions to common challenges.

ACFCS is guided by an expert Advisory Board composed of leaders who have distinguished themselves in various financial crime disciplines in the private and public sectors.

What does ACFCS offer?

  • CFCS certification, the only certification that encompasses all fields of financial crime
  • Specialized information, in-depth analysis and breaking news on crucial issues in financial crime
  • Live and virtual training, including webinars, seminars and the annual Financial Crime Conference and Exhibition
  • A forum for networking, career-building and professional development
  • A diverse, international community for the exchange of knowledge, ideas and best practices


Have a question that isn’t in our FAQs? Contact us or e-mail and get an answer.

What is the purpose of ACFCS?

ACFCS is a membership organization for private and public sector persons who work in various disciplines that combat financial crime, which includes internal and external fraud, money laundering, domestic and foreign corruption, asset recovery, tax evasion, and other fields in the United States and other countries.


Is ACFCS affiliated with, or controlled by, any vendor, software manufacturer consulting firm or law firm?

No, ACFCS is fully independent and self-funded. It is operated by professionals with years of experience in running certification and training programs and member associations. ACFCS is strictly vendor-neutral and unaffiliated with any product, software, law firm, consulting firm, financial institution or government agency.


Does ACFCS offer a professional certification in financial crime?

Yes, ACFCS offers the Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS) credential to candidates that pass a rigorous exam and fulfill other requirements in the areas of education, training and professional experience. The CFCS exam is the only test that verifies knowledge and skill across all financial crime disciplines. The lengthy, resource-intensive process of developing the exam was achieved in collaboration with subject matter experts and professional psychometricians over the course of several months.

How is ACFCS guided?

The ACFCS Advisory Board, an array of leading experts in financial crime from diverse backgrounds, guides the association.

What is ACFCS non-discrimination policy?

ACFCS follows an equal opportunity employment policy and employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, disability status, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status. This policy also applies to internal promotions, training, opportunities for advancement, terminations, outside vendors, members and customers, service clients, use of contractors and consultants, and dealings with the general public.

Does ACFCS offer CFCS scholarships based on financial hardship?

Yes, in certain instances and based on circumstance. Persons wishing to apply for a scholarship should send an email to ACFCS Member Services with the subject line “Scholarship.” The email should detail why the candidate is deserving of a scholarship and provide proof of unemployment or other financial hardship. Unemployed persons will be given preference. Persons with income above $50,000 annually will not be considered.

What is the cancellation policy for the ACFCS Annual Conference?

Cancellation refund requests must be received in writing at least 30 days prior to the first day of the conference. ACFCS will apply a $295 processing fee on all approved refund requests. Requests for refunds will not be honored less than 30 days prior to the first day of the conference. Refunds are not granted for failure to attend, late arrival, unattended events or early departure. ACFCS is not responsible for weather-related cancellations, airfare, hotel or other costs that are associated with the conference if the registrant is unable to attend.

Substitutions of registered attendees may be made at any time prior to the beginning of the event. Please note that if the transfer is made from an ACFCS member to a non-ACFCS member, you will be charged the difference in cost. If the registrant does not attend the conference and does not designate a substitute attendee prior to the event, the registrant will be responsible for the full registration fee.

Substitutions and cancellation requests may be sent to

Does ACFCS have a Cancellation Policy for Seminars?

If you are unable to attend the seminar for any reason after you have registered, you must inform us in writing at least five business days before the seminar in order to receive a full refund less a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations received less than 5 days before the seminar will be billed and the payment credited toward future training programs or other ACFCS offerings. Please remember if for any reason you cannot attend, you can substitute someone else at no additional cost.

No Shows
If you have not paid but have reserved a seat and do not attend the seminar, you will be responsible for an administrative no-show fee of $125.

Rescheduling or Cancellation

The Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialist reserves the right to reschedule or cancel any event. If cancelled, all paid registrants will receive a full refund.

Does ACFCS have a Cancellation Policy for Webinars?

No. Webinars are complimentary to all persons, unless otherwise noted.

What is your Refund Policy for ACFCS products?

ACFCS Membership Cancellation

ACFCS dues are for annual membership and are non-refundable.

CFCS Certification Cancellation

CFCS certification exams must be taken within 1 year of date of purchase, unless otherwise stated upon purchase. Refunds may be requested up to 30 days from the date of purchase. A $195   administrative fee will be applied for the CFCS examination cancellation. CFCS Certification is non-refundable after 30 days.

What can I do if I am dissatisfied with the product or service that I received?

Our seminars and courses are guaranteed. If you are dissatisfied with any program, please contact member services. Questions can be answered by sending an email to or calling 786-517-2701.