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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


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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.