Certification Eligibility

Certification Eligibility

Woman Studying for CFCS Certificaton

Are You Eligible to Take the CFCS Exam?

Like all credible certifications, the CFCS certification requires that certain eligibility criteria are met. Candidates become eligible to take the CFCS certification exam after they register with ACFCS. They must also submit certain required documentation and have 90 days to submit the supporting documentation after completing and passing the CFCS examination.
The following documentation is required to become eligible for the ACFCS certification:
  • Two professional references
  • Proof of 40 earned credits

Benefits of a CFCS Certification

With a CFCS certification and an active membership, Certified Financial Crime Specialists have access to over 200+ hours of webinars, continued online training courses, and a community of members in over 80 countries that share a passion for crime detection and prevention.
Increasing your knowledge across the certified financial crime spectrum, offers you the ability to:
  • Connect you with peers and offer unlimited networking opportunities
  • Advance your career in financial crime compliance
  • Improve efficiency and results
  • Enable cross-train compliance across the spectrum of financial crime
Man evaluating requirements and benefits of CFCS Certification

CFCS Certification Steps – What’s Next?

After checking your eligibility and submitting documentation, references, and continuing education credits, candidates must complete the following three steps in order to receive a CFCS Certification.
Step 1: Purchase a CFCS Package
Step 2: Self Study & Exam Prep
Step 3: Register & Pass your CFCS Exam
The CFCS Certification Package includes newly updated study manuals, an 11-hour online course, audio book, and more!
It is recommended to spend about 40-50 hours of self-guided study, utilizing all prep resources, spaces out over a period of at least several weeks.
Once you’ve completed your preparation for the exam, you can schedule to sit for your CFCS exam through our Online Proctoring (OLP) network from Kryterion.

See What Certified Financial Crime Specialists Are Saying

"The CFCS tests the skills necessary to fight financial crime. It's comprehensive. Passing it should be considered a mark of high achievement, distinguishing qualified experts in this growing specialty area."


(JD, Washington)

"It's a vigorous exam. Anyone passing it should have a great sense of achievement."


(CFCS, Official Superior

de Cumplimiento Cidel

Bank & Trust Inc. Nueva York)

"The exam tests one's ability to apply concepts in practical scenarios. Passing it can be a great asset for professionals in the converging disciplines of financial crime."


(CFCS, Royal Band of

Canada, Montreal)

"The Exam is far-reaching. I love that the questions are scenario based. I recommend it to anyone in the financial crime detection and prevention profession."


(CFCS, CAMS Lead Compliance

Trainer, FINRA, Member Regulation

Training, Washington, DC)

"This certification comes at a very ripe time. Professionals can no longer get away with having siloed knowledge. Compliance is all-encompassing and enterprise-driven."

Director, Global Risk
& Investigation Practice
FTI Consulting, Los Angeles